Carrying children -
our thoughts on closeness
Björn Jakobson, founder of BabyBjörn, said in 1973 that ”carrying your newborn on your chest is like floating on a cloud.” And it is this very sentiment that lay the ground for our thinking behind how we carry our children. Our goal with all BABYBJÖRN Baby Carriers is quite simply that parents should love carrying their child in a baby carrier – and that baby should love being carried by his or her mom or dad.
Our baby carriers are designed specifically to strengthen that essential closeness between parent and child – where the child’s comfort is our guiding light. This means that baby is carried high up on mom or dad’s chest – a position that is as snug for baby as it is for the parent. We also place great emphasis on such details as the ease in which a baby carrier can be put on – even in the middle of the night, without assistance. And that placing baby in and taking baby out of the baby carrier can be done without waking baby. These are just some of the reasons why pediatricians and child psychologists recommend our baby carriers all over the world. Furthermore, they are involved in the process of developing our baby carriers to make certain they are safe, ergonomically comfortable and functional.
Security from day one
Newborn babies have an enormous need for closeness in the form of body and eye contact with mom and dad during their first months of life. When you carry your newborn baby in a baby carrier high up on your chest and close to you, you are helping him or her through the overwhelming transition from life in the womb to life in the outside world. The warmth of your body, the sound of your heartbeat and your voice are familiar and comforting. Closeness to you represents a calm haven in a world full of new impressions and teaches your newborn to feel trust and security.
Being seen, heard and carried are fundamental needs for newborn babies – as crucial as sleeping and eating. Carrying your baby in a baby carrier allows you, the parent, to take in, interpret and meet baby’s needs. Eye contact and physical closeness create important emotional bonds between you – something that is vital to you both in your future relationship, but which is also, first and foremost, significant in your child’s subsequent development. The security you give your newborn lays a healthy foundation for baby’s self-esteem later on in life.
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Your child’s head is always in an upright position in our baby carriers. A newborn baby’s head needs support for at least four months – and because baby’s head is held in an upright position, it allows you supervision of baby’s breathing. Our baby carriers are shaped to follow the natural curve of baby’s back and provide the correct support for the neck, spine and hips.
With baby facing you, high up on your chest – heart to heart – you can feel your baby’s breathing the whole time while baby can hear your heartbeat, your voice and your breathing. This creates security in addition to a wonderful and essential closeness.
Once your child’s neck is strong enough to support his or her head (around 4 months old) you may start carrying him or her facing forward in the baby carrier – a great source of delight to the little one. Baby receives visual impressions which both stimulate and develop all the senses. He or she is able to move both arms and legs and gets to meet an exciting world with his or her back resting safely against mom or dad’s chest. Quite simply the best of both worlds for baby’s self-development.
Carrying a child with colic in a baby carrier can help to alleviate the symptoms. The child is held in an upright position that makes burping easier. Moreover, the child can move his or her arms and legs and feel the warmth of mom or dad’s body. All of which are good for a baby’s little tummy.
Baby carriers suited to all needs
Our very first baby carrier, called ’Close to the Heart’, was introduced as far back as 1973. Since then the concept has developed and grown into a whole family of baby carriers – from a baby carrier perfectly suited to the needs of a newborn baby all the way up to a baby carrier designed for parents who want to carry their child up until the age of 2 (at most 31 lbs/14 kg).
On average, a baby triples in weight and grows approximately 10 inches (25 cm) in length during the first year of life. This places huge demands on the baby carrier which needs to function safely and ”grow” with baby.
Today, the BABYBJÖRN range of baby carriers covers all needs and caters to all tastes. From ergonomically designed baby carriers with waist belt or extra support for mom or dad’s back to baby carriers made from soft, organic cotton – and even lightweight and airy baby carriers made from breathable mesh for extra comfort on those warm days.
When baby is new to the world, he or she can be carried high up on mom or dad’s chest in, for example, the BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier Original. Once baby is bigger and weighs more, our BABYBJÖRN Comfort Carrier where baby’s weight is optimally distributed and transferred to mom or dad’s hips is the perfect choice. And no matter which one you choose, you can be certain – as with all our BABYBJÖRN Baby Carriers – that it was developed in collaboration with medical experts. This means that our baby carriers:
- are anatomically adjustable with correct support for baby’s head, neck, back and hips.
- allow free movement of arms and legs which stimulates development of motor skills, muscles and balance.
- are designed to keep baby in an upright position.
- are designed so that you can choose whether you want to carry baby facing you or facing forward.
- are adjustable to fit your growing child.
- are easy for you to put on and take off, without assistance.
- have wide, padded shoulder straps which provide comfort.
- comply with the requirements of the Oeko-Tex Standard 100, class 1 for baby products and are made of materials which are guaranteed free from harmful substances and will not trigger allergies.
Developed by experts
Because important issues call for real answers, our close collaboration with leading pediatricians has served as a guiding light right from the start in 1961. The first step in this partnership was taken with Swedish pediatricians and has, over the years, grown to encompass among others France, Germany, USA and Spain.
The medical expertise provided by pediatricians is invaluable to us, and their comments are vital when we develop a new baby carrier, for example, or a bouncer. Our policy of never launching a product without their approval means that you, as a parent, can feel confident that the choice you make for you and your child is the best one – regardless of which BABYBJÖRN product you choose.
Groundbreaking research, undertaken in the early seventies, into close physical contact between newborn babies and their parents and how incredibly important this was for the subsequent development of newborn babies was taken on board by leading pediatricians and led to the development of our very first baby carrier. Today, both pediatricians and child psychologists all over the world are in agreement on how important this closeness is, especially during baby’s first six months. And their recommendation is that you, as a parent, carry your newborn baby close to you during this important, first stage in life.
Medical experts on bonding, child development and carrying children.