I take babywearing safety very seriously.
Why? Because you're carrying your most precious cargo.
And because you and your body matters too.
One of my most commonly used phrases at sling library is "have we been through safety stuff...?"
Not because babywearing is inherently unsafe. Actually it is safe when done...well...safely.
What does this mean?
It means we're carrying securely, comfortably and responsively.
♥️Baby's natural shape is respected
♥️Baby's airway is protected
♥️Both baby and wearer are secure and comfy
In terms of ANY activity we choose to do when carrying a baby we need to make a safety assessment. Be it walking through a door way or doing a dance class.
How is the activity I am doing going to impact the movement of my body, my baby's body and the sling? Could any of this impact safety? Could I get too hot? Could I compromise the position of the sling? Could I restrict my babys air way or air flow? Am I happy I can maintain safe babywearing during the whole of this activity including if my baby falls asleep or wakes up abd changes position?
And also super important. YOU and especially post natal bodies. Bodies that have changed through pregnancy, birth. Backs that are sore from feeding positions. Pelvic floors that are weakend. Cores that are softer than they once were.
These are things we take super seriously at dance-sling.
I mean really seriously.
We have two experienced dance teachers. They think through EVERY step they choreograph and how it will impact sling use.
One of our teachers is a women's health physio, bringing this knowledge to dance classes. Giving us dance moves that will strengthen the core and pelvic floor, not put pressure on it.
Then there is me, watching out for any sling isssues in class should any arise.
We are specifically insured to teach BABYWEARING dance classes.
And so if you are considering taking any post natal movement/exercise/dance class, please do make sure you can maintain safe positioning. And check in on the qualifications and insurance held.
Yes of course this is a plug for our classes, but it's also a set of information for anyone taking part in any babywearing exercise class.