Having a family member in hospital is always stressful. But having to deal with a baby or toddler in a hospital situation can be really difficult. Whether your baby is the patient, or the visitor babywearing can really help.
For very young babies kangaroo care- having your baby next to you skin to skin – has been shown as being beneficial to the baby’s health. We recommend a wrap or Mei Tai in this situation. Please get support to ensure that your baby is in an optimal position.
If your child gets sick as a baby, toddler or even a preschooler having to have procedures such as blood tests, having IV drips inserted or having wounds dressed can turn into major trauma. As a parent you want to be able to safely comfort and control your child so that the procedure can happen swiftly and safely. Wearing your child allows you to keep them close to you and leave your arms free so that you can hold the arm or leg still while the procedure happens.
Being sick can completely deplete a small person of all their energy but they can get tired of being in the same place all the time. Being able to tie them on and take a walk can give both of you a breather for a few minutes. If your child is on oxygen you can place a small tank in a backpack and put your child in a carrier on the front so you can walk about.
As a visitor to hospital being able to strap a baby onto your back allows you the freedom to better interact with the hospital patient while keeping the baby away from touching things and allowing them to fall asleep without a pram taking up room in cramped wards. Being able to keep a toddler away from the exciting cords and buttons is crucial and placing them in a carrier will prove to be less stressful and allow your visit to be more relaxed and last as long as required.
Having to be in a hospital environment is never fun but babywearing can make a difficult situation easier to deal with.