Then they are born and noises are louder, lights are bright, where is the reassurance of mums heartbeat? They are hungry and then full and then have wind. Their arms make involuntary movements and life has arrived in one fell swoop!!
I admit I'm projecting and that may not be what it's like at all. But isn't it worth thinking about those first few months and how as parents we support our baby's first adventures in the world.
When choosing a baby carrier or sling there are a few things to bear in mind and for the best advice consult a babywearing consultant or pop along to your nearest sling library - the NCT may have one local to you.
This was going to be a few words on swaddling and hip dysplasia and morphed instead into baby wearing. However, there is a connection. I was thinking of your baby's hips and positions in slings and how important it is to protect the healthy development of hip joints by avoiding any baby carrier, sling or swaddle that puts legs straight down in a position like the number 11.
Swaddling can also help a baby in those early days and weeks through their transition form womb to world. Once again it's important to bear some things in mind. I found this great video online the other day that explains it perfectly and the advice also applies to baby carriers and slings.