Without a baby carrier, homemaker Tan Shu Yin wouldn't have been able to travel to Singapore and back without any complaints about backaches, even though she carried her youngest, one-year old Lim Yiu Khye, for 12 hours a day, five days a week.
Mothers who are familiar with babywearing have only good things to say about it.
WHILE new parents often brace themselves for fussy babies and sleepless nights, many aren’t at all prepared for the challenge of carrying an infant for extended periods of time. Many mothers don’t realise that carrying their baby for several hours a day will take a toll on their backs.
“New mothers are especially at a disadvantage. After nine months of pregnancy, most would have lost the tone in their stomach muscles. If your stomach muscles are weak, you’re more prone to back pain,” says Kuala Lumpur-based chiropractor Moira Robertson, 36, who has spoken on “The Importance of Choosing the Right Baby Carrier” during a babywearing awareness campaign recently.
Breastfeeding mothers often develop a bad posture – hunched shoulders and flattened backs – as most sacrifice their own comfort in favour of the child’s.
Fathers who carry their babies will also feel the strain on their backs, especially when their children start growing and gaining more weight.