What does a babywearing consultant do?
“My mission as a babywearing consultant is to teach parents all about natural and stress-free babywearing. How you carry your child – in a baby carrier, a sling, on your front or back, and all the other choices available – are secondary considerations for me. The most important aspect is making sure it’s an enjoyable experience for both child and babywearer.
The moms and dads I help are very different, but they all share the same desire to carry their child. They come to me more out of interest than despair. They’re a mix of experienced and inexperienced babywearers; some have been referred to me, while others find me of their own accord. Sometimes their child may have a hip problem, but this isn’t necessarily the case. It’s a very diverse target group.”
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What are a babywearing consultant’s greatest challenges?
“It’s obviously important to try to get to know the parents. All parents need individual counselling based on their particular history. You need to be mindful of the fact that you’re working with what they treasure the most – their child!
I want to dispel parents’ anxiety and uncertainty. And make them understand that babywearing is the most natural thing in the world. Being a babywearing consultant is no ordinary job – it’s a calling.”
A baby has a natural need to be carried.
Why do you want more parents to carry their babies?
“A baby has a natural need to be carried. The baby enjoys the closeness and warmth, the familiar sounds and movements. It also promotes the parent-child bond. In addition to these better-known facts, it also helps the baby to develop muscles, balance and physical awareness.”
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“Babywearing also has benefits for the parents, who regain a lot of their freedom and flexibility. I really only have one tip for parents who have never used a baby carrier: carry your baby! Babywearing is a wonderful feeling, it’s also beneficial and the best thing for your baby.
The babywearing trend has taught us words like “frog position” and “C curve”, can you explain them for us?
“The frog position is the position your baby naturally assumes when you lift them up. It’s the perfect position for carrying your baby on your hip and it encourages the optimal development of your baby’s hips. The significance of the frog position and the C curve, the slightly curved spine that you also hear a lot about, lessens as the child grows and matures. Very young children tend to automatically adopt an ergonomic position.”
Our first child had colic so we carried him a lot.
Is babywearing a big thing in your homeland Germany?
“I don’t believe the babywearing trend has peaked yet in Germany. But there are already so many different ways to carry your baby that parents are understandably confused about the best way for both babywearer and baby. They just give up and use their stroller instead.”
What’s made you so passionate about babywearing?
“Our first child had colic so we carried him a lot. One thing led to another and I eventually trained as a babywearing consultant at Trageschule Dresden. I learned a tremendous amount on the course, which was led by babywearing expert Ulrike Höwer.”
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Family: married to Doreen and has two children
Lives: Zeulenroda-Triebes, Germany
Occupation: certified babywearing consultant from Trageschule Dresden in Germany. He is also a specialist in fitness for soon-to-be and new moms. He and his wife run the mamifitness® company.