Molly Mathews

My name is Molly. I have been married for 5 years and have two children. A 10 year old step-son, a 2 year old daughter and I am currently 26 weeks pregnant with a boy! I live in the town I grew up in and have a large family that I see often. We all live close to each other right now and I hope it stays that way as we draw a lot of support from one another. I have been a nurse for 6 years, mostly in the emergency department, and I love my job. Since young childhood I dreamed of being a nurse and a mom and here I am both! I couldn't have imagined how difficult the journey would be but neither could I have fathomed the Joy that would come from both. Becoming a mom has made me into a better person in many ways and a bit of a crazy worry wart in other ways! Having support from other moms who have been there before or are there with you makes all the difference in the world!

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Researching Soft Structured Carriers

My baby carrier collection is beginning to grow. I now have a stretchy wrap, a woven wrap and have found a mei tai that will be our next addition to the carrier collection. I still have several varieties to try out before I call it quits. The next one I want is a soft structured carrier (SSC). There are tons of brands to choose from but I’m learning that not all carriers are created equal. As I researched the market, I found a lot of reviews warning against “hip dysplasia.” So I went to this site to learn more.

Hip dysplasia can occur as a birth defect or develop after a child has been born. The Hip Dysplasia Institute has some great recommendations when looking for baby gear such as carriers and car seats in order to prevent this condition:

    • froggy position, like a newborn naturally does, is the best way for babies to be seated, not straight legged
    • thighs should be supported to the knee joint in baby carriers
    • thighs should be supported fully and allow legs to spread

From there, I took it to the babywearing community and started asking questions, like why I never see the so-called “good” carriers with babies facing outward. One mom said to always have baby in a seated position, not a dangling position, which can only be achieved if baby is facing inward. From there I asked for suggestions of carriers and I think I’ve decided on the Kinderpack for our family. It seems easy to use, easy to travel with, usable for both front and back carries, but most importantly, safe for baby’s developing hip joints. The smallest size will work from birth to about 18 months or 30 lbs before we’d need to move to the next size up and is very “dad-friendly.” In fact, Kindercarry makes the Mei Tei we will be adding to the family next month.

Did you know baby carriers can cause hip problems? Does your carrier meet the standards suggested above?

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2 Comments on “Researching Soft Structured Carriers”

  • Laurie July 20th, 2012 1:47 pm

    If the Kindercarry is anything like the Bab Bjorn, you will love it (I have a Moby Wrap too, which doesn’t compare). I used mine the whole first year and my stroller never saw the inside of my trunk. I never thought to look into the risk of hip displasia, but we had no problems. I also did not carry her in it constantly. We used it for grocery trips and for an evening walk around the neighborhood when she was inconsolable as a small infant. I loved it and so did the hubby.

  • Carlene Delane July 20th, 2012 2:03 pm

    Baby Bjorn is one of those carriers that doesn’t offer sufficient support. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_JDi9gTHuRPg/TPDI6WdOlSI/AAAAAAAACCw/ZDvNfP7EsSA/s1600/DSC06497.jpg Is a pic of a kinderpack. I love that it has the full knee-to-knee support. I have a lot of friends with soft structured carriers whose babies are very content in them. The Ergo seems to be a really popular one.

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