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The human child - born to be carried
Biologically speaking, the human child belongs to the category known in English as the "clinging young" - i.e. a youngster who is carried by his parents in the early days. The baby is not blind and hairless like cats or baby birds, but it is not ready to walk and fend for itself like foals or calves. Like monkey babies, infants are born to be carried by their parents as they develop. For example, the grasping complex is a relic of a time when the baby could hold on to mum or dad by itself.
The child's need for body contact, warmth and movement also comes from this Stone Age period. It was essential for the child to be with its parent and feel its presence, as the absence of the parent was very dangerous for the child: it could be forgotten, starve or fall victim to a predator.
The reaction to parental absence is familiar today: the child whines and cries to draw attention to itself, not to be forgotten and to regain contact with its parents. The child is reassured by the fact that the parents take him in - now the child is guaranteed warmth, food, security, love. For the child, movement means "I am close to someone who looks after me, who feeds me when I am hungry and who keeps me warm". The close contact with the parents that the baby gets from being carried meets all these basic needs. The baby is not spoiled by being carried, it just has its natural needs met.
The baby's anatomy also shows that it is born to be carried: an infant automatically pulls its legs up underneath it and spreads them to the side, and its back is rounded both when it is held up and when it is lying down. The baby fits like a jigsaw puzzle piece on the adult's hip.
This M position (bottom lower than knees) should also be supported when the child is carried in a sling, wrap or carrycot. All our slings, wraps and harnesses support this ergonomically correct position and in a sling guide you can find the binding or harness that suits you best. You can also read a bit in our "Sling FAQ", which you can find at the bottom of the page under "Information".