"What is a crotch dangler?" you might ask...well it's one of the millions of baby carriers, car seats, exersaucers, jumpers, walkers, etc that we modern day moms trust our children for hours on end every day. Did you know that there is an International Hip Dysplasia Institute? Me neither...but now we both know. Here is what they have to say about proper hip positioning for babies...
Car Seat Positioning
Regarding Baby Carriers: When I was registering for baby gifts I am embarrassed to admit that I had NO clue that there were any options for baby carriers other than the Baby Bjorn. They had a trusted name and all sorts of medical testaments on their website so I thought I was good to go. I never realized how often I would like using the carrier so didn't put as much thought into it as other items on our registry. Hindsight as they say is 20/20. I love to put N in the carrier and beebop in the kitchen, do some light cleaning, go for walks, etc, etc, etc. And she LOVES it! She's my little monkey, always hanging on me in some form or fashion. Now that I've done more research I've swapped out my Bjorn for a more ergonomically friendly Boba 3g (yes, they give these things names like cars...totally bizarre - our stroller is the BOB Revolution SE, that's sports edition :) ). I digress...There are 2 main differences between the Boba and the Bjorn...
- The Boba has support at the waist, the Bjorn puts all of the support on your upper back so it does hurt your back after a while or as your baby gets heavier.
- The Boba supports the babies thighs all the way to the knee keeping her hips stable. The Bjorn does not so you'll notice that your baby's legs will dangle pretty much straight down (hence the term "crotch dangler").
Before having Nicolette I would have had no idea where to begin as far as researching baby carriers. Luckily I'm blessed to be a part of an amazing support group of July Mommies on Facebook and someone in the group introduced me to a website to help compare many of the baby carriers. I HIGHLY recommend that anyone with a little one (or expecting a little one soon) to check out this website HERE to help pick out your baby carrier. (I also highly recommend that any mommy-to-bes hook up with a similar online support group with tons of Baby Mamas during your baby's expected birth month...I've had many a question at 2am and was able to easily send it out into cyberspace to my 250+member mommy group and know that at least 1 person (and usually 50 or more mommies) was also awake and had faced the same situation at some other point in time and was ready and willing to offer advice, support and encouragement.)
Sadly, the exersaucers (and jumparoos for those who have them) are also considered "crotch danglers"). This is sad because Nicolette LOVES and I mean LOVES her exersaucer!!!! I'm not going to take this joy away from her, but I'm also not going to use it as a babysitter. I keep an eye on her and if she starts to get lazy or tired and start sitting in it rather than standing I take her out and we move on to something else. This little girl LOVES to stand and has had legs strong enough to push to a standing position ever since she was a wee six weeks old. So the crotch dangling exersaucer will remain :)
I hope someone finds this information helpful. I know I would have appreciated knowing all this stuff before our little bambino arrived.