To wear your baby comfortably in a sling, you could consult a wearing consultant.
As a parent you wear something. It is so obvious. The first moments, proud with your child in your arm, to show it to the grandparents, and to feed. Lift up your child and carry it with you to comfort it and show it to the world around it. It up and down the stairs, the car in and out. Bring your toddler on your arm or shoulders to friends in the neighborhood, or with a quick message.
Wearing is nice and practical. Also with toddlers and toddlers. But sometimes it does not work anymore. Because it will hurt, even if you use a special child carrier. Is it up to you, to the child carrier? Time to turn on a support consultant if you want to keep wearing painlessly!
A support consultant, what is that?
A medical consultant knows a lot about children's clothes, the carriers and cloths in which they can and the way they can. You can ask a support consultant about everything in different situations.
The wearing consultant can not only tell you about wearing techniques, but also about the bond between the parent and the child and about ergonomically comfortable wearing. That is why a medical consultant can not only help you to knot a knot to perfection, but also in situations where wearing does not work out of its own or in which the warmth and safe proximity of wearing can make a positive contribution.
For example, in breastfeeding problems or in attachment problems. Wear consultant is a fairly new profession in the Netherlands.
What happens during a wearing consultation?
A wearing consultation usually lasts for one and a half hours, and at least you learn to manage a wearing technique well. Prior to the consultation you try to clarify your question with the support consultant, if necessary. During the consultation, the wearing consultant will teach you the technique that suits your needs. That learning goes step by step. Usually we use a mannequin so you can focus on the technique. If you feel like you can step over to carrying your child. Of course, that only happens if the child is in the mood for it. Wearing must first of all be a pleasant experience. The wearing consultant has carrier dolls and cloths available.
The support consultant gives you a lot of tips during the consultation, which you can also use for other wearing techniques. Together with you she looks for small alternatives to make wearing just a bit more comfortable. It is also possible to try out some other carriers or cloths.
You can also follow a wearing consultation if there is a special obstacle, such as a disability or a device that needs to be taken into account while wearing. Then the wearing consultant will stop extra time in finding the best carrier and carrying method for your special situation. Depending on the obstacle, the consultation can take longer than usual or can be divided into several sessions.
A well-trained wearing consultant does not only pay attention to technology, but also to ergonomic and kinesthetic aspects.
What does it cost?
The asking prices for one-to-one wear counseling vary from 15 euros to 50 euros. This is due to the fact that not every support consultant has followed a course and is professionally involved. A support consultant can determine the rate himself.
If a support consultant has to travel to you, there may also be travel expenses. A discount can be given for a two-to-one consultation, if, for example, parents want to learn to wear together. With some carriers it is also possible to buy slings and carriers. A carrier consultation is not (yet) reimbursed by the health insurers.
Training and further training?
Because there is no training in the Netherlands as a support consultant, trained support consultants have trained at a school in Germany. Most have opted for the Trageschule Dresden that also give their course blocks in the Netherlands.
At the Trageschulen there is usually a training in three parts with increasing level, basic - advanced - certified. Techniques and theory are discussed in the course modules. In addition, there is a fair amount of homework that needs to be done before you can continue. You need practical experience as a consultant to be able to do the homework.
Trageschule Dresden has the Dresdener TrageTagen, with many speakers and workshops, every three years for further training. You have to follow that to maintain your certificate. In addition, the consultants are expected to keep their expertise up to date and expand.
Trained support consultants of different Trageschulen have united in the Netherlands in the Breeding of Sledging Consultants.
Wear safely, with your mind
What exactly is the situation with wearing and safety? Safe wearing has to do with the material from which your carrying is made, with the attitude in which the child is carried, with the possibility of contact with your child and with your own common sense.
How can you safely wear it in a cloth or carrier?
The Association of Woven Counselors (VDC) has a number of tips for this. The VDC advises:
- Carry your child upright and not in the wiegehouding (lying). The VDC explicitly advises against this because of the risk of suffocation. In addition, it is absolutely no ideal posture for the hips;
- Tighten well and not too low, at the ideal height you can give your child a kiss on the head. If you have to support your child with you
- hands then the cloth (or carrier) is not well;
- Keep an eye on your child at all times! Do not cover it completely with the cloth;
- Hold a space of about two fingers between the child's chin and chest;
Do not breastfeed in the wiegehouding in the cloth. For breastfeeding you have to take the time and the rest. There must be (eye) contact. That does not work if your child is lying in the sling. Because you visually have no view of the baby, certainly in the case of young children suffocation is a BIG danger. The position of the larynx combined with the swallowing movement is a risk.
When in doubt: check!
Are you unsure whether you have a secure carrier? Then contact one of the VDC consultants in your area. They are happy to advise on how to wear ergonomically and safely.
Breastfeeding and slings
Association of Woven Counselors
The site of the Association of Wrapping Consultants provides information and addresses of trained support consultants in the Netherlands and Belgium. The article on breastfeeding.com lists different types of cloths and carriers and explains why wearing is so good for your child (also interesting if you do not breastfeed).