I have seen lots of different baby carrying methods including:
- Arms alone
- Chest carrier in upright position
- Back carrier in upright position
- Carrying a car seat
- Chest sling in cradle position
I figured that of all of these, the chest sling in cradle position would be best. It solves a number of common problems: Arms getting tired, thumb inflammation (in moms who have infants, this is sometimes called mommy's thumb), not seeing the baby (a problem I see with back carriers), or an unnatural position for a baby that can't sit (chest carriers).
Of course, spit up will decrease with upright carriers because gravity helps keep more milk in the stomach. But I think the disadvantages far outweigh this.
The one baby carrying method that I have seen that has little risk for these is a chest sling in the cradle position. Spit up will increase but unless the baby is vomiting, there is probably no concern.
And this position means that the baby is less likely to cry from hunger since the baby would be next to the breast. It would also help soothe the baby during the first few months of life when the baby wants to hear the mom's heartbeat like it did when it was in the womb. And being breastfed decreases the chance of obesity. Aspiration pneumonia from non-breastmilk sources is less likely.
So, should my Kepler Bb Humanoids use a chest sling in the cradle position or are there too many disadvantages to a baby being in the cradle position when carried in something other than a humanoid's arms?