When can I start to carry my baby in a sling?
In principle, from the first day onwards as long as no illnesses or
physical handicaps are apparent. If this is the case, please discuss
carrying in the sling with your doctor or physiotherapist.
For how long can I carry my baby in a sling?
You can carry your baby for as long as both you and your baby enjoy it.
Babies will make sure you know it if they don't want to do anything any
more, and you will notice yourself when you have had enough. Women who
have just given birth should, however, start carrying babies for short
periods only and increase the time gradually, so that the pelvic floor
or the caesarean scar can be treated gently directly after the birth. As
long as both you and your baby want to, you can carry using the sling
for up to three years (or even longer if required).
Can I start to carry using the sling if my baby is already a little older?
Of course!! Sometimes you might find that your baby needs to get used to the new feeling of confinement. This may take a little patience from both sides. You should also increase the carrying time slowly in this case. The later you start, the heavier your baby is, and your own musculature needs to get used to the new weight distribution gradually.
What should I pay attention to when carrying?
a) You should only use a good quality sling -
diagonal elasticity in the case of woven slings, double-stitched edge
seams, tested for harmful substances.
b) Choose a colour which you like/suits you, because
a sling is also a fashion object and should match the rest of your
clothing and your character. Otherwise, it could soon end up in the
corner or in the cupboard.
c) The sling should be tied tightly enough so that
you do not have the feeling that you need to support or hold your baby
additionally with your hands.
d) You should only use the tying variations which
correspond to the stage of your baby's development, and from these only
those which you and your baby enjoy.
e) If you have decided to carry using a sling
"instinctively", then you should continue to follow your inner voice and
not let yourself be led astray by the lack of knowledge or prejudices
shown by others.
Am I spoiling my child if I carry it too often?
No! You cannot possibly spoil a small child who is
only able to get your attention by crying (contact crying) if you carry
it. The need for nearness, contact and security is one of our basic
requirements and should be quite simply and naturally satisfied.
When our children start to crawl or walk, at the
latest, they may not want to be carried in the sling so often. Their
natural thirst for movement and discovery becomes stronger, and it is of
course much more exciting for them to go off discovering things on
From what point on can I carry my child in various tying styles?
We do not state any guidelines for a specific number
of months or weeks for individual tying variations, because every baby
has its own very individual development rhythm. Some babies can, for
example, only hold their head upright after 5 months, and some can do it
after only 3 months. For this reason, we have divided up the carrying
methods as follows (assuming there are no illnesses or physical
- The art of carrying starting from birth onwards
- Carrying methods for when baby can hold its head by itself
- Carrying methods for when baby can sit by itself
- Carrying methods for when baby can hold its head by itself - for experts
We would also like to state briefly that not
every baby feels comfortable in every variation, and would therefore
advise you simply to try out the variations described and then only use
the ones with which both you and your baby feel comfortable.
How and where can I learn about tying the sling?
Firstly with the assistance of our carrying
instructions, which is supplied with every HOPPEDIZ® Baby Sling. All the
normal methods of tying are extensively described and illustrated. You
will always have to have a few tries before tying is completely
The second way is to attend a carrying course held by a qualified carrying adviser.
Which sling size is suitable for me?
The size of the sling is dependent on the size and
weight of the person doing the carrying. It does of course make sense
for the sling to fit the person who will be wearing it most best.
If, for example, a woman is less than 1.75 m in
height or 70 kg in weight, but her partner is much taller and heavier,
you don't necessarily need the maxi sling. The maxi sling is probably
only worth considering if the partner really does do a lot of carrying.
Otherwise we recommend the long sling (approx. 4.60 m). Even a large man
(for example 1.95 m / 95 kg) can still tie the sling in the simple
cross-carry or the simple rucksack-carry styles.
Will the baby get enough air in the sling?
Yes, if you ensure that your baby's nose is free and
that it is able to get enough "fresh" air. Your movements will also
cause the air within the sling to circulate and provide replacement of
fresh air. It is also important not to overdress babies in the cloth,
and maybe also under a jacket, because babies suffer more from
overheating than freezing.
Does sling carrying cause damage to the back (both baby and mother)?
almost 10 months, the baby's spinal column is curved in the mothers
womb. First it needs to straighten out slowly (between one and two
years) to attain the S shape of an adult. This is why the baby's back
needs to be slightly rounded inside a taut sling (due to the
spread-squat position). This is most certainly better for the baby than a
position where the back is lying straight and is "stretched", or even
takes up a hollow position due to badly positioned carry belts or aids.
An infant's spinal column goes through the following stages to obtain its S-bend form:
a) The cervical vertebra stretched upwards or outwards as soon as the baby can hold its head upright.
b) The thoracic vertebra stretch when the baby can sit by itself.
c) The lumbar vertebra carry the baby when it begins to pull itself up against objects, or starts to stand and walk.
Cultures which still carry their babies for most of
the time suffer considerably less back problems than we do. I carried
Jan, our son, after he was 2 weeks old although I myself have a
relatively serious curvature of the spine (scoliosis). Since my back and
stomach musculature gradually got used to Jan's increasing weight, my
carrying duties could be almost compared to back training. During the
times in which I carried Jan regularly, I had fewer back problems or
If, however, you have acute back problems such as a
slipped disc or similar, you should always consult your orthopaedic
specialist or physiotherapist in any case before carrying.