This post is for caregivers of all types: parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles, babysitters…everyone can benefit from some body mechanics awareness!
Putting the baby in a crib
What is the best way to put a baby down for a nap? Try and get as close as you can to the crib.
Perhaps the best option for preventing and managing back pain is also best for managing tight real estate.
If you can get along side of the crib with your feet wide and knees bent, you’ll be able to slide the baby in sideways with less pressure on your back.
Holding the baby
Many caregivers develop sore and painful wrists and forearms.
When you are supporting your baby from below, turn your forearm neutral and see if that feels better.
What about all the burping?
When you find yourself getting sore in the wrist from all of the back patting, try keeping your wrist straight and using the fulcrum from the elbow to move your hand back and forth. It’s a bit robotic looking, but your wrist might appreciate the break.
Also, try and soften your hands when you can safely throughout the day.
Is your back talking to you after walking and bouncing the baby around? What if you find a more optimal standing posture? See what it feels like to bring your rib cage over the pelvis.
We typically find ourselves leaning back in a posterior sheared standing posture. It is natural to recline a little so we can gaze at the baby and also it’s very similar to the posture many women adapt in the final months of pregnancy.