Babies are born with a rounded spine, attributed to the position they have in the womb during pregnancy. Gradually, the form of the spine changes from c-shape to double s-shape.
The muscles of a newborn do not support the back and intervertebral discs because they are to weak to hold the weight of the body. Keeping your suckling as often as possible in a rounded position during the first months is very important for the development of the spinal column.
Development of the spinal column
The development of the can be divided into three parts: 1. The development of the seven cervical vertebra has finished by the time your child is able to lift up, turn and hold its head unassisted. 2. After that, the development of the flexors and extensors begins. The whole spinal part with its twelve thoracic vertebra starts to expand. This development has finished as soon as your baby can sit unassisted. 3.Afterwards, the development of the five lumbar vertebras begins. This stretching has finished when your child is able to walk.
You can positively support the development by carrying and laying down your baby appropriately.
Healthy curved form of baby`s spine
Therefore, always choose a baby wrap or baby carrier which offers the healthy curved form of baby`s spine. If you carry your baby in the ergonomical spread-squat-position the rounded back of baby`s spine is guaranteed. So, the soft and sensitive intervertebral discs are protected and relieved.
A very unhealthy baby carrier is a carrier in which your baby hangs or sits inside and looks forward. So, the back of your child gets into a hollow back position which is very unhealthy.