A sling is a sling that is used to carry a child. This is one of the most ancient devices of this kind, the first images of women with a sling were found in Egypt and date back to the first millennium BC. There are several varieties of such a sash: sling with rings, sling-scarf, sling-pocket, May-sling and onbuhimo (Japanese variety).
When a young mother comes to a decision to wear her baby in a sling, she immediately faces problems with misunderstandings from others. Immediately, whence do not take place, there appear opponents of the slingots, which categorically concern the theme of health and the life of the child in general. No mother will risk these questions, of course.
In addition, it is worth mentioning about the not quite loyal attitude to slings from others, as well as always doubting relatives who are easily able to disturb the peace of mind. It will be rational to listen to both the opponents of the slingshot and the supporters, so that doubting parents will still be able to form an independent point of view and understand whether it is worthwhile to wear a child like that and how best to do it then.
Skillful implementation of recommendations is able to give maximum pleasure from the sling both to the child and to the mother. We debunk the basic myths and misconceptions about this method of carrying babies.
The child in the sling can suffocate.
In the US in the spring of 2010, there was a tragic case – while Mom carelessly walked around the shops, her baby sighed in her sling. This led to the withdrawal from the sale of a fairly large batch of bags-slings. This incident affected only one type of sling, but showed what could lead to a violation of safety rules. It may seem that wearing a child in a bag, its location there differs little from the position in the sling with the rings (hereinafter CCS) and in the sling-scarf (hereinafter referred to as the SS). In any of these slings the baby can be placed in the horizontal position of the “cradle”. Only here in the bag the child is still in an unnatural position – his chin is pressed against his chest. In addition, these slings are often made of artificial materials (fleece or polyester), which in themselves complicate the ventilation inside the carrying, overheating the baby. But the US and SSC, in contrast to the bag, have a different device. Although there the child can be laid horizontally. They usually use natural “breathing” tissues, and the baby is located in a more physiological position. If the position of the child is not regulated in the sling bag, then the position adjustment can be made in the SSC and the US. So, you can adjust the fabric in such a way that the neck and upper back are in the same plane. This can be done by tightening the rings or individual parts of the blade. Thus, it is possible to carry out almost any arrangement of the child, it will be as if embraced, but not with hands, but with a cloth. For the safety of the sling, you only need to choose the correct design and use it skillfully. Taking into account the fact that the novice mom does not yet know how to use the sling properly, it is necessary to pay special attention to its design. In the case of a sling-bag, it is just the same and unsuccessful, in it the child lies along the fabric, and not across, as in other variants. At the end of the bed, the material is collected in a narrow strap, raising all the sling for it, the mom automatically lifts the child’s head, bending it to the chest. In the bag even a light doll bends almost in half, what can we say about the baby. If we talk about other types of sling, for example, about a backpack or may-sling, then there is generally no danger of suffocation – the child is initially located vertically and air is open to it. In general, do not neglect the elementary rules of safety, in relation to the newborn this is especially critical. So, sometimes you need to check – whether it is convenient for the baby, whether the air arrives to him without interference and whether the tissue is properly located. Carelessness can lead to tragedy, not only in the case of sling.The kid can get a heat stroke, fall out of the high chair, roll off the table …
Sling is harmful to the developing locomotor system of the child.
Doctors-surgeons recommend carrying the baby, so that his legs are divorced in different directions, for example on the hip, like that of an Indian woman. This is to avoid dysplasia of the hip joints. Doctors do not see anything wrong with the slings, noting only that up to 4-5 months you should not still abuse the vertical position, which creates additional stress on the spine. Curiously, some windings in a sling-scarf (a cross under or above the pocket) allow all the same to avoid the burden on the back, spreading the legs of the baby in different directions. This is achieved by imitating wearing on the hands, as the fabric tightly embraces the child, pressing it to his mother. Pediatricians also see the next plus in slings: this kind of wearing allows the child to develop his vestibular apparatus faster, which will allow him to better balance later and to fall less during subsequent attempts to sit down and get up.
Sling is harmful for the health of the mother herself.
If a woman has health problems, then before you start wearing sling, you still need to consult a doctor. But for a healthy mother, there are no restrictions in this regard. On the contrary, many women claimed that after giving birth they quickly came to form if they were wearing their baby’s sling. When wearing a child from the moment of birth, the load on the muscles grows evenly, as it grows. There is even a certain connection between slinging and fitness. So, in New York since 2006 there are popular dance classes for mothers who use a sling.
In a slipping child becomes capricious and tame.
In fact, there is a huge amount of literature about the psychological balance that a child who is borne in his arms receives. This applies to both newborns who are just getting used to the new conditions of life and, moreover, are crying less, being on their hands, and already beginning to walk young researchers. Children aged from a year, regardless of whether they are accustomed to a stroller or sling, from their new experiences are often overexcited and ask for handles to my mother to rest. Reasoning from the point of view of physical exertion, it is easier for mother to take the child into a sling than simply to hold it in her arms.
Slings are mostly uncomfortable in their bulk.
After the birth of the child, it turns out that for the mother the usual old occupation became a luxury. Now it is unthinkable to sit quietly in the morning for a cup of tea or coffee, watching newspapers or news on the Internet. It becomes problematic cleaning, and cooking is much less time consuming. After all the kid constantly demands to itself care and attention, and in the first months and regular feeding by a breast. In such moments, an easy annoying factor can become the cause of the outgoing, it seems that combining the mysterious slings and the baby will add additional problems. In fact, everything is exactly the opposite. Mom frees up her hands, now she can slowly cook or work at the computer. The child is always near my mother, not feeling abandoned and less capricious. Yes, and the procedure for feeding a child in sling e requires additional efforts – the baby is already in a position convenient for all, stimulating, in addition, lactation with a contact with the mother’s body. This fact is especially noted by specialists in breastfeeding. In cases where mom and baby are outside the home, the child in the sling is so easy to feed imperceptibly for others and calm. For such cases, a sling-scarf is used, the tail of the SSC is also able to hide the child from prying eyes.
It is very difficult to wind the sling.
This statement concerns mainly sling-scarves. Usually the very idea of having to be wrapped in a cloth 4-5 meters long leads the young moms into horror.But there is nothing complicated in these windings, manufacturers also supply their goods with detailed instructions, where the pictures show how to make the necessary manipulations. In addition, there are video instructions on the Internet, and slingo consultants will always help. And with the experience of the movement will become more confident, sling will be dressed much faster.
A stroller is much easier to use than a sling.
You begin to feel all the “delights” of a sling when you have not the first child in it, but the grown-up kid needs no less attention. If the child plays himself, then his younger brother or sister can sleep well in the stroller. But if a kid requires mom to participate in their active games, the same catch-up, then with the stroller will not particularly run. The stroller restricts freedom of movement, it does not go to different places, where the oldest child will pull, and after all, it’s so interesting to him! And not every store you can enter with a stroller. Of course, there are conditions when you can do without a sling. But is the elevator in your house so convenient and wide? Or maybe around you there are many accessible and pleasant places for walking? Do you have the opportunity to take an older child with a nanny or grandmother?
The child will soon grow out of the sling.
It turns out that a sling-scarf can withstand a child weighing 20 kilograms, and some backpacks will withstand 40 kilograms. Usually, the rejection of tissue sling does not occur before the child reaches the age of two. However, parents tell us that even at the age of three, sling can be useful when a tired child is asked to come to his or her arms.
The price for sling is too great, because it’s just a piece of cloth.
If the sling is sewn correctly, then this can not just be called a cloth. It here extends diagonally, while it does not stretch and does not sag under the weight of its valuable cargo. In an ordinary store to find such a fabric is quite difficult, and the price for this quality is corresponding, not less than that of a sling scarf. Yes, and the manufacturer of the sling, after all, caring about his name, gives a guarantee that the fabric will serve for a long time and will not deteriorate from wearing a child. Today the market is full of slings of different rates and for every taste. Those who want to get a really high-quality sling, but do not have the money to do so, can be advised to apply to specialized forums where selling second-hand slings is a common occurrence. Usually used slings are not much inferior in quality to new ones, and sometimes even surpass them. So, some slings-scarves after a few washing and posting become only softer. Sling also does not determine the style of the mother’s clothes, on the contrary, she chooses the texture and color that best suits her wardrobe. This object is well combined with both the dress and the skirt. Only here it is not necessary to use unstable shoes with high heels, because this, coupled with the child’s wearing, is quite unsafe.
Lovers of slings form almost a sect.
No one will be forbidden to take the child out of the sling until school age or persuade to wear a sling-scarf if you do not want it. One thing is true, slingoms are a kind of club. Wearing a child in a sling brings together modern and self-confident women who are able to take care of a child and are aimed at an active lifestyle. Slingoma can be seen in a coffee house, shopping or entertainment center, at an exhibition or even a social event. Yes, and many celebrities are successfully using the sling, it’s enough to remember the actresses Kate Hudson, Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, singer Madonna, models Hayti Klum and Cindy Crawford. Slingoms are free in their movement, they can easily gather for a joint pastime. In many countries, there are specialized sites for communication of such women, where they, among other things, plan their future meetings.We can say that the freedom given to women by the slings allows them to communicate more freely, which led to the birth of this myth.