The right carrying position for your baby: squat-splay position

The squat-splay position indicates the ergonomically correct position of your baby in the carrier. In this article we explain why this position is so important.

Have you ever noticed that babies automatically pull their legs up when you lift them up? It is a reflexive posture, in which the hip joints are oriented forward, the legs are pulled tight, and the knees are set on pinholes and the thighs are spread at an angle of about 90 degrees. This corresponds to the ideal, so-called squat-splayed posture. It is also called the M-position.

Babies are born as a carrier line and take up this position by themselves. For example, if you put it on your hip. If you carry it in a stretcher, then a correct, ergonomic position is a prerequisite. It supports the development of the child's spine and hips.

A slightly rounded back of the baby plays an important role here. A baby carrier should strengthen this so that the baby does not need to sit upright. The ideal position is one in which the baby is slightly bent forward towards mum or dad. So to speak, with the eyes on the heart. The rounded back further develops the double-S shape of the back.

The correct squat/splay position is crucial to avoid hip dysplasia. Hip dysplasia develops when, for example, the child's legs hang down too far.

From when can I carry my child in a baby carrier?

Right after birth! It is important that the seat of the stretcher reaches to the hollow of the child's knee to support and round the back. The head should also be stabilized by a headrest. Some stretchers have a neonatal reduction, which additionally guarantees the baby's posture.

Carrying tips at a glance:

  • The baby should be positioned with 'facing the heart
  • For small babies the bar should extend from back of the knee to back of the knee
  • The legs should be crouched at least at a right angle (i.e. the knees should be at least at the level of the bottom and not hanging down).
  • The back should be slightly rounded
  • A headrest is especially useful for small babies to stabilize their heads when they are not yet able to hold them properly
  • Make sure the baby has enough air circulation