Now let's tackle one of the most delicate and controversial issues concerning carrying: this requires that the child is positioned vertically, with his back adherent to the bearer's torso, facing the world.

When you wear a child in the Rebozo, is the position facing the road suitable for the child's well-being or is it harmful to its growth, particularly for the hips and back?

Let's try together to understand if it is a beneficial position for the child or if it is better to avoid it with the research published by Mental Fitness Publishing.

Most of the scientific literature and the babywearing community agree that it is not suitable for infants and very young children, opinions differ sharply when it comes to older children: babywearing schools tend not to recommend it in its entirety. The scientific community, on the other hand, is divided between those who consider it inappropriate and others who recommend it from a certain age onwards, and I therefore considered it necessary to offer you different points of view by addressing some questions to representatives of the scientific sector totally in favor of this position.

Is the frontal position interfering with the development of the child's spine?

No, the frontal position does not interfere with the development of the child's spine.

From what age is it recommended?

We recommend the front-facing position, alternating with the front forehead, starting from 4-5 months. At this age the child is able to support the head and its position independently. At birth the bearer forehead position is important to allow a face to face contact in which the child can mirror himself, imitate the mimicry of the parent, speak and sing, all important things for the psycho-motor development of the child and for the parent-baby bonding . From 4 months onwards, the child begins to be interested in something else that surrounds him and can start exploring the world in the street-facing position, in close communication with the adult carrier.

What happens to the vertebral column and hips of a newborn (0-3 months) if it is brought to this position?

We do not recommend facing the street before 4 months after the birth for the reasons mentioned above. However, there are no data or reasons to induce it to be harmful to the spine or hips. In any case, we do not recommend it.

How long is it possible to carry a child continuously (maximum hours / day)?

You can bring the child to the recommended age depending on the position until he feels comfortable. If it is not comfortable, remove it from the baby carrier or change its position.

What features should a baby carrier have in order to be able to carry a baby in this position in a healthy way?

A baby carrier must give proper support to the body, hips and head, allow a 'natural sitting position', and give the freedom to move legs and arms. A sling, in the so-called horizontal position, is not adequate as it forces the legs and hips into a stretched position that is too narrow.

As is evident, there is no single position on the subject; in uncertainty, therefore, I suggest the most precautionary position: wait for 6 months, practice it for short periods of time and above all make sure that the supports used have the characteristics illustrated in my book. Let me embrace, published by Mental Fitness Publishing, some of these proposals in this article. Until not long ago, in fact, the baby carriers that planned to make the child stand in this position did not respect his physiology in any way; lately there have been great strides forward and important structural changes have been introduced.

Published by Chowdhury Shahid-uz-zaman