Babywearing respecting the development of the baby’s column


A child is constantly growing and the naturalness of its development must not be absolutely forced. The spine, a strong but at the same time very delicate organ, must be protected: the effects of bad habits can manifest themselves in a serious way even after a long time and will be more damaging if the problems have been neglected.

Dr. Jean Pierre, one of the leading experts in chiropractic and kinesiology, remembers in this regard that the column of a newborn is 40% long of his body, and this proportion will be maintained even as an adult.

At birth, it measures about 24 cm and will grow by 50% in the first year of life. In the following four years, the column will continue to grow by about 15 cm up to an average length of 51 cm. Between 5 and 10 years it will still grow 10 cm. Once puberty arrives and up to the age of 18, it will stretch on average another 20 cm in boys and 15 cm in girls. We deduce that the formation of the vertebral column is more significant in a limited period of time: in the first few years of life.

It is not only the dimensions that change over time, even the shape of the column varies greatly in the first months: in the gestation phase the child is in a curved position, and so is his vertebral column, which takes the form of the letter C. At birth begins a transformation that will end in adulthood, so that gradually the C-curvature of the spine will be oriented in the form of a double S. The chosen support must support your baby evenly, thus respecting the natural curvature, and for no reason he must seem hung. Among the various baby carriers available, the Rebozo – allows you to wrap and support the child well – is certainly a good support in the first phase of growth.

The image above depicts the tender approach between two children in adult indifference; is a summary of what should NOT be done: the child on the left is visibly hung; the one on the right is likely to fall. Furthermore, in this position the parents have no direct control over what happens to their children.

In the photo below, instead, the joyful approach between the two girls takes place under the watchful eye of the parents and in a correct posture.

The child’s column grows, therefore, respecting different phases. Its transformations take place thanks to motor and muscular development: around 3 months the baby begins to raise its head, and the cervical portion of the column begins to assume its inverted C shape, called “cervical lordosis”. According to Dr. Evelin Kirkilionis, a babywearing in an upright position while being carried out exercises and develops his neck muscles faster. Around 6 months, the child begins to adopt a sitting position (in kyphosis) and stretches the dorsal vertebrae, then gradually tries to stand up, forming a lordosis of the lumbar part by moving the pelvis. Quest last process begins when the child makes his first attempts to keep himself straight and completes himself when he can walk. The baby carrier must accompany and not counteract this natural development.

I would like to point out, in order to avoid confusion, that when we speak of “C-curvature” we do not mean the “C-position”. Which is the very unnatural posture assumed by the child in a baby carrier when (for example, incorrectly carried in the so-called “position”) a horizontal cradle its body closes and the chin reaches to press on the chest, potentially crushing the diaphragm? This posture is also called a “banana” and can be very dangerous.

The head of a baby, in fact, is heavy and until about 4 months, the baby has not yet developed the musculature well to be able to support it alone. Attention, therefore, also to the baby carriers that can make it slip in this position: it could suffocate, especially if it suffers from difficulties in the respiratory system.


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