Your baby does not want to be in a baby carrier?

It has been scientifically proven, that babies being worn, are crying much less. But are there babies, who do not want to be worn? This is the question young parents ask themselves, when they put their newborn baby in a wrap or baby carrier and the baby starts to cry and tries to push himself out of the carrier. Is it really because your baby does not want to be worn or can it have other reasons? In this article we would like to address these questions.

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12 reasons a baby might feel uncomfortable in a baby carrier:

  1. Does your baby feel unwell and has e.g. stomach pain?
  2. Does your baby want to see more?
  3. Has the birth been traumatic to your baby, so that it associates with the narrowness an unpleasant experiences, e.g. at a birth with a suction cup?
  4. Is your baby hungry or thirsty?
  5. Is the diaper full?
  6. Does your  baby feels too cold or too warm?
  7. Is your baby well supported in the baby carrier?
  8. Is the baby carrier adjusted correctly?
  9. Is your baby tired?
  10. Is your baby already bigger and would like to crawl or walk?
  11. Are you still unsecure how to handle your baby, so that your child feels it?
  12. Does your baby stretch and accept no support in the neck and head area? If your baby refuses permanently to wear it, did you have your child examined for blockages by the Osteopath?
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Tips for babywearing

  • Make sure that the baby carrier suits you and your child well and is adjusted optimally.
  • Try the carrier again and again, so that you and your baby can get used to it slowly and without stress.
  • Try a new carrier when your child has slept in and is not hungry.
  • Make sure that your child is well supported by the carrier and does not collapse.
  • Make sure your baby's legs are not overstretched.
  • Check if your baby feels too warm or too cold.
  • Osteopathic treatment may help if your baby refuses to be worn, as it may be caused by blockages, e.g. of the cervical vertebrae that have arisen during childbirth or already in pregnancy, e.g. in a breech-laying baby.
  • Give your baby time to arrive slowly in this world.

Does your bigger child no longer want to be worn in a carrier?

Have you always worn your baby a lot and suddenly your child is dissatisfied in the carrier? If your baby is 3-4 months old, your child will make a big developmental leap, it will gradually improve its eyesight and will now see everything in the distance. Your child now wants to see more of his surroundings and is restricted in the view, when worn forward.

You can now wear your child on the hip or on your back, so that your child can see more and is still close to you.

If your child is a bit older and able to walk, he wants to get to know the world in every detail, turn every stone around and admire every flower. Let your child have the time to explore everything. If he is tired, he will be happy to be worn and enjoys the closeness and security with you. Often,  older babies also have periods, when they do not want to be worn for a few months and then have a longer babywearing period again. This varies from child to child.

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