I have read that it is not a good idea to forward face your baby in a moby wrap because of hip issues that could develop. Is this true? Should I neverdo this carry or is it alright to carry my son like this once in a while?
It's not the moby, it's structured carriers like the Bjorns. At least that's what I understood.
I've always thought that moby wraps were incredibly gentle on their bodies...even forward facing. My daughter loved to be forward facing in my wrap.
I've never heard of that.. hmm
My oldest is on my back in my Moby and my youngest is still to small to forward face anyways. lol
It says on the website for the sleepywrap (which is basically a moby) to never forward face them in the wrap.
The forward facing carry in any baby carrier places pressure on the pelvis and spine. When your baby is facing forwards with legs unsupported, the baby's back is essentially arched instead of rounded. The center of gravity is different which makesthe carrier tend to compensate when walking as well. Some sites that sell baby wraps and carriers advise you to only use this hold for a limited amount of time and that no developmental damage will occur if the baby is not placed in this position for hours on end. We can't wholeheartedly recommend this position as we believe that any pressure on little developing hips and spines is undue. Moreover, allthe weight is essentially in the baby's most sensitive place. When your baby is facing forward his legs as well are not supported. Your baby's legs should be pulled up to a ninety degree angle. This is possible only if the fabric covers the whole back of the thigh, virtually up to the backside of the knee. It also does not provide good head and neck support, which is most desirable when your baby falls asleep. Of course it is nice for your baby to be able to see the world. However, in the front carry your baby can't turn away if the environment becomes too overwhelming. You cannot see your baby's face and it's tougher to read your little one's cues. We at Sleepy Wrapdo notadvocate front carrying or think it is a good position for either mom or baby.