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Ep. 10 Babywearing 101 with Vanessa Shynkaruk

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Some benefits of baby-wearing:

  • Bonding
  • Simulating the womb
  • Producing oxytocin
  • Offering safety for baby
  • Sllowing the adult to get things done (hands-free)
  • Giving child access and engagement in the outdoors


Some baby-wearing safety tips:

  • Baby close enough to kiss
  • If baby on back (see below for when to put baby on back), make sure you can turn your neck around and see them
  • Allowing an open airway for baby; chin away from chest (1 to 2 fingers can fit in between their chin and chest…especially for a newborn) & fabric away from their face
  • Check your work; and check every 20-30 minutes in addition
  • Make sure baby’s torso is well supported by carrier (watch with stretchy wraps)
  • Baby’s legs should be in an M-shape
  • Usually carrier should reach from baby’s knee to knee


*Baby forward-facing on adult’s front can cause overstimulation, can be too hammock-like with lack of support for baby, and can tilt adult’s pelvis out in a poor position causing back pain* That being said, Vanessa just loves seeing baby’s being worn, so if it’s working for you and baby, then it’s working for you and baby!

To switch to back-wearing, make sure:

  • Baby has enough neck strength
  • Baby is over 6 months
  • Baby is able to sit unassisted
  • The instruction manual of carrier says baby is able to be back-worn


Some of KWE’s fav soft-structured carriers:

  • Tula Free to Grow
  • Ergo Baby 360
  • Onya Baby
  • Ring Sling


Some of KWE’s fav hiking packs:

  • Osprey Poco
  • Deuter 3


Some bonus things Vanessa loves:

  • Uppy Mama Store in Red Deer, Alberta
  • Nuun Tablets for energy!
  • She reminds you to find a local educator!


Follow Vanessa on IG: @vangrowyeg

Massage Therapy Edmonton:

Doula Care:


Thank you so much to Springbank Wellness for sponsoring today’s episode!

IG: @springbankwellness


Production: @kpmediaproductions

Music: @michaelferraro_music