Q:

My mother in law always scolds me whenever my baby girl sucks on her thumb and says dont let this habit develop her fingers will be thin.. she also says that I should not put her in baby carrier and use stroller only.. I've tried to explain her the benefits of babywearing and that I'm using ergonomic carrier only but she says that it will make her waist weak and put pressure on spinal cord which would cause backpain for her.. should I listen to her n discontinue babywearing? Plz advice..



Manisha Singh

hi dear even I also didn't use baby Carrier but not because of her waist weak ....but to make her independent... so that she will indulge with other activities while I m busy with other works....as I m working n gets less time for her ....so she need to be independent....ask your mother in law a logical reason behind her theories or don't listen her

Sonali Shivlani

Baby wearing is very calming for the baby and helps develop a strong bond. The constant closeness and the mothers heart beat can actually Stimulate the touch sensors and aid in brain development as well. It will not affect the spine or waist of you are using the right baby carrier. Sucking on the thumb is also very natural. If you see babies suck the thumb even in the womb. We are not able to remove their thumb then right ? They are meant to. It's a reflex. Intact pulling it out constantly will only make the habit stronger. The suckling reflex diminishes between six to nine months and slowly the baby will loose interest. If it continues beyond a year then there are other things that can be done to discourage the baby and they do work. My own daughter was a thumb sucker and today she is fourteen with beautiful fingers.

Rimsha Idrees

hell with these mom in laws..they just don't understand ..always think they r rite..n when v try to explain them v ll become bad bahu..

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