Did you know that the average baby wearer is 31? I, and many others, recently partook in an on-line survey regarding baby wearing. The results were quite astounding. Bill Robertson was so kind to allow me to post the results to share.
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With 1,482 people participating, the response to this survey was fantastic!
Among other interesting findings, the average babywearer is 31 years old and has 2 children and 7 carriers. In particular, I found the difficulties that babywearers face to be very interesting:
- Stage 1. Discovering babywearing
- The number of babywearing options can be overwhelming.
- Finding knowledgeable resources, particularly in-person support.
- There is contradicting information, misconceptions, and misinformation.
- Stage 2. Finding a desirable baby carrier
- Initially, most only know about carriers offered by large retailers.
- Finding a suitable carrier once more options are known (i.e., ideal for body type, lifestyle, infant size, and price range).
- Babywearing terminology and acronyms can be intimidating.
- High prices and the lack of a trial period inhibit some purchases.
- Stage 3. Learning how to use a purchased baby carrier
- Gaining confidence that you are wearing your baby correctly.
- Ensuring that your baby is safe, particularly for newborns (e.g., fear of dropping, asphyxiation, poor spine/hip alignment).
- Acclimating the baby to being worn.
- Learning different carries, especially back carries.
- Enduring muscle fatigue and back pain.
- Ongoing: Criticism and pressure from friends, family, and observers.
I hope you enjoyed this information.