Carrying a premature baby
Extended pregnancy in a sling
From the womb - into the sling.
Possible for premature babies as soon as the child is stable! Tubes or cables are no hindrance. These can be led out of the sling or the carrying aid and any equipment, such as a monitoring monitor, can be carried in a small cloth bag in the hand. This way, even small trips outside can take place when your child is still in the hospital. It is wonderful to observe the infant connected to a surveillance monitor. The previously fluctuating and unstable oxygen saturation reaches 100% just through the physical contact of the child with the mother. This is even measurable and visible.
It is important that the child is stable enough to be carried. It should always be clarified with the doctor beforehand!
Especially with premature babies it is very important to carry them in a sling, a sling or an exactly fitting! They are missing a few weeks or even months due to the shortened pregnancy. Due to the much too early start into life, they are missing important stimuli and movements that are important for a good development. These missing movements and stimuli, which they do not have in the incubator, can be adequately made up for in the sling. This promotes development on all levels and the missing carrying time of pregnancy is thus extended gently and outside the womb.
Carrying in a baby sling is associated with multi-sensory stimulation, which not only benefits premature babies, but is particularly beneficial for them. Through the confinement in the baby sling they feel themselves and the tactile perception is promoted. Restless children are quickly calmed down by the boundaries, which we also know from swaddling, for example.
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The basis for a strong bonding
This way your little treasures feel comfortable, heart to heart with you and enjoy the gentle movement they already know from the womb. The heartbeat also calms them down, they smell you and through the physical contact and the associated tactile stimulation, a hormone release takes place that both lays the foundation for a good bond and stimulates the mother's milk production.
Physical and mental development
The child is also moved by the movement of the mother or father. Here, too, the child's motor skills are stimulated by being carried in the sling. The movement causes the child to actively move in the opposite direction, which also has a positive effect on the child's muscles.
Movement helps the nerve cells in the brain to form connections with other nerve cells. These connections (synapses) are the prerequisite for learning and lay the foundation for good mental development.
In the sling they experience the familiar feeling of being in a cave, which they already know from the womb, and close to the caregiver, the basic trust is strengthened and the missing weeks or months outside the womb are made up for. By being able to move freely with the premature baby in the sling, a good bond can be built up and the perhaps missing bonding after birth can be made up for.