Babywearing ruins your back is a comment I’ve heard in many forms. The cashier lady at the supermarket asked if my back isn’t hurting from carrying my 8 months old. An old lady in the subway told me a story about her daughter’s back hurting from babywearing. And even my mom told me I shouldn’t carry my 9 months old anymore because it will ruin my back.
Can Your Back Hurt When Wearing Your Baby?
Back pain while babywearing does exist. However, it can be avoided or minimized by the right baby carrier device and adjustments. I know several babywearing moms with pre-existing back issues who did not suffer from back pain while babywearing. But I also know parents whose back was killing them after their baby got bigger. A new carrying position, some adjustments, or a better fitting baby carrier helps in most cases.
What’s My Experience with Back Pain and Babywearing?
I personally did not have any pre-existing back problems. And I haven’t been struggling with regular babywearing back pain either. However, I know from experience that some carriers just don’t fit my body optimally, and my shoulders and upper back will start hurting after about an hour when using them. And it also happened once or twice that I was in a hurry and did not tighten my favorite baby carrier symmetrically. I noticed this only when one of my shoulders was hurting badly after 30 minutes. After I stopped and adjusted the carrier, the pain and discomfort were gone.
So What Can You Do to Avoid Back Pain?
I encourage you to listen to your body. Proper babywearing shouldn’t hurt. If it does, then something needs to be changed. It may be your posture, the carrying position, adjustments of the carrier, or in some cases the carrier itself. If you want to carry your baby but you feel lost, a babywearing professional’s guidance can be really helpful. And if you’re pain-free, then just ignore these general comments that babywearing ruins your back, and enjoy wearing your child.