Something a little different for you this month.

This newsletter is from guest writer Victoria Trevor. Vicky runs Kangaroo Together, supplying and hiring slings to carry your baby.

Obviously, from my point of view, slings offer an ideal way for mothers and fathers to protect their backs, but don’t think they are just for new parents! How many of you grandparents are having to help out with regular childcare? You can use slings to protect your backs, too.

Something a little different for you this month.

This newsletter is from guest writer Victoria Trevor. Vicky runs Kangaroo Together, supplying and hiring slings to carry your baby.

Obviously, from my point of view, slings offer an ideal way for mothers and fathers to protect their backs, but don’t think they are just for new parents! How many of you grandparents are having to help out with regular childcare? You can use slings to protect your backs, too.

Here, in her own words, Vicky explains the benefits of using a sling: 

Can I carry my baby in a sling if I have a bad back?

This is one of the most common questions people ask us. My response is always, if you use a baby carrier to carry your infant, then you won’t have a bad back. At the very least, using a comfortable, well-fitting sling will protect it from getting any worse.  

I’ve used a sling before but it hurt my back! 

If you want to get rid of your bad back completely, then go to see Nic! You may have only tried one type of carrier, but there are hundreds of wonderful, well-fitting slings around. 

Using a sling is the single best thing you can do for yourself when looking after children. We also help grandparents, nurseries and childminders, as more and more of us are relying on them to look after our little ones when we go to work. 

Go to a sling library or workshop to check out the various options. Each person is unique (and every baby is different), so what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for the next. This is why online recommendations aren’t very helpful. 

A well-fitting sling perfectly spreads the baby’s weight across your whole body so that your infant feels almost weightless! Moreover, carrying a heavy infant on your hip can significantly damage your hip and shoulder alignment, causing severe complications for your back. 

My background in psychology, teaching, and being no stranger to postnatal depression, as well as my recent work with trauma and PTSD, have highlighted the importance of protecting our babies again mental health issues.

Carrying your infant helps protect their mental health by aiding secure attachment. Carried babies are happier, more resilient, and they cry up to 54% less! The body of research grows daily, showing us how hugging, touch and carrying our infants close to us can impact on their resilience and happiness going into adulthood. Close contact builds your baby’s brain with positive synaptic connections, particularly critical to the brain’s development in the first two years of life. It also helps breastfeeding, promotes bonding with the family, frees up your hands to do other tasks around the house, helps with colic and reflux, promotes healthy bone and muscle development, facilitates getting around town or on public transport, aids communication and responding more readily to your baby’s cues, and may also help with postnatal depression.  

This is what our clients are saying: 

“I cannot recommend Kangaroo Together enough… Lovely, kind, caring, knowledgeable… Thank you for all your help and support.” 

“Our eldest son had additional needs. Now, not only do we have a happy sleeping baby, I am able to keep on top of all the housework, look after our eldest, and go out for walks with Clay in his wheelchair and with Corey happy and safe! Wish we’d found you sooner.” 

Kangaroo Together’s Sling Workshops are held in baby groups all over Norfolk and Suffolk. We also come to your home for one-to-one, specifically-tailored consultations, as well as Elite Workshops. These include Newborn Consultations and our Pregnancy Package, all of which can be booked on our website, where you’ll also find blogs on PDN, reflux and more, together with free tutorial videos, and new and pre-loved slings to purchase.

Victoria Trevor BSc (Hon) PGCE 
Find Your Perfect Baby Carrier Coach 

Kangaroo Together – Compassionately Empowering Parents & Child Care Providers to Build Their Babies’ Brains 
www.kangaroo-together.co.uk
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@kangaroo.together

Tips on how The BackCare Clinic can help before, during and after pregnancy.

For some great tips, on how The BackCare Clinic can help before, during and after pregnancy, there are two blogs available to read on the website:

Just given birth?

The BackCare Clinic will happily examine the structure and movement of the back and pelvis of any new mum, free of charge. This would ideally be done about 6 weeks after childbirth, assuming there were no complications such as C-sections etc. Most restrictions in movement of the pelvic bones can be released easily and gently.

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