Optimum Positioning – and how to achieve it

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Those that know me or have had a consultation will often here me talk about Optimum Positioning. Its the phrase i use for a child being in a carrier or sling in a manor that is most sympathetic to a child physiology. But what does it entail?

You would be surprised to know it’s not just one thing, its a combination of things that makes optimum positioning. Together these steps ensure your child is the most comfortable they can be whilst in the carrier, as well as keeping them in a good physiological position too. These include:

Knee to Knee
M positioning
Tilted Pelvis
Gently Curved Spine
Head and Neck Aligned

Lets expand a bit on each of these points.

Knee to Knee

Knee to Knee is the phrase used to describe a sling or carrier and where it sits on the child’s legs, the most comfortable position is in the knee-pit area, where the child’s delicate veins are protected from any pressure.

M positioning

M positioning is the phrase used to describe the angle in which the leg assume, also known has frog position and is where the child’s knees are situated higher than their bottom, making a M shape.

Tilted Pelvis

A tilted pelvis helps in 2 ways, 1 is to bring the child’s head against the wearer and 2 to gently curve the spine. To tilt a pelvis is simply encouraging the bottom to poke out.

Gently Curved Spine

It’s important to emphasis that over-curving the spine can lead to a child’s chin dropping to their chest and asphyxiation, so its important that the curve is always gentle, which is in-keeping with a babies natural spine positioning before a year old.

Head and Neck Aligned

From a comfort point of view being aligned is going to offer more enjoyment that be misaligned, it will allow the rest of the body to gain optimum positioning easier.

Optimum positioning will help to ensure you are following the safety TICKS and that babies airway remains open at all times, it also ensures optimum position for body growth and development especially of the spine and hips, your baby will be in their carrier appropriately and will help them feel safe, comfortable and happy. It will equally be the most comfortable position for wearers as all weight will be distributed equally along the shoulders and torso into the floor.

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