The baby sling and kangaroo are used to carry small children. But the design of both devices has its own characteristics, so the feelings of the mother and the baby are different in each case. Let's dwell on this in more detail and find out how a sling differs from a kangaroo.
Sling - a product in which a child is carried. A sling can look different. Among the options: a sling scarf, a cloth with adjusting rings, a cozy sling pocket... A sling backpack is often confused with a kangaroo.
Kangaroo - a special backpack for carrying children.
In appearance, the devices have a lot in common. However, not everyone knows that a sling is safe and even beneficial for mother and baby, and the same cannot be said about a kangaroo. It's all about the structure of each of these products.
The design of the sling and the position of the child in it
In the sling, the place where the little one sits, being in an upright position, is much wider than in a kangaroo. The bottom of the crumbs is conveniently located in a voluminous pocket. The pressure of his body weight is not concentrated in the pelvis and lower spine, but is evenly distributed over the thighs.
The legs of the child are bent and apart, the knees are provided with an elevated position. The baby seems to be wrapping his legs around his mother. The part of the product on which the baby rests with its back is soft. This means that the child's spine is evenly supported throughout its entire length, he does not get tired.
The difference between a sling and a kangaroo is that it is in the sling that the baby is located close to the mother, since there are no obstacles in the form of belts in this place. This not only strengthens the bond between mother and baby, but also creates conditions for comfortable breastfeeding when needed.
The design of the kangaroo and the position of the child in it
If you look at the baby placed in the kangaroo, you will notice that its legs are straight and completely hang down. This is because the lower part of the device resembles panties in its style and does not provide support for the baby's hips. As a result, the entire load goes to the perineum.
It is unlikely that such a situation can be called quite convenient. And besides, the child's pelvis and spine are under increased stress. But this is not all the inconvenience to which a baby is carried in a kangaroo. Indeed, often the product has a rigid structure, and the child is forced to keep the back absolutely straight, which is not physiological for the anatomy of very young children.
The load on the mother
Consider which of the devices is easier to carry the child and what is the difference between a sling and a kangaroo in terms of the load on a woman. I must say that here the advantage is also on the side of the sling. The fact is that its design includes a functional dense belt, which is fixed on the mother's hips.
It is this detail that takes up a significant part of the baby's weight and makes it less tiring to carry. Comfortable wide shoulder straps are also involved in load distribution. In a kangaroo, the belts are narrow and can cut into the skin and rub it, and the absence of a belt at the bottom makes the lower back unnecessarily tense. At the same time, the woman's spine is unnaturally bent.
Features of a kangaroo are such that the baby is in it as if in a separate bag. The mother will not be able to firmly and reliably pull the child to her, as in a sling, and with any inclinations the baby will inevitably shift relative to her, which is quite inconvenient and difficult.
In the sling, the baby feels completely safe, no matter what happens around. After all, being turned to his mother, he always has the opportunity to see her face and, if anything, to snuggle up to her tightly.
It is permissible to place a child in a kangaroo with his back to himself, which is often used by parents. But psychologists say that this is not very useful for these babies. In this case, the child is not protected from other people's views and negative emotions, which subsequently often leads to crying before bedtime and even to hysterics..