Understanding Baby’s Development
Newborn to 5 months
These points below are important to understand for parents who use baby slings from birth.
Weight of a newborn: 2.5kg to 4kg+ with the average at about 3kg+ on birth.
Preemies or pre-matured babies would weigh less.
Neck Control: This happens at around about 4 to 5 months old. When the babies are strong enough to hold their head and turn independently by themselves, they are said to have achieved “neck control”.
All babies are born ‘Bowlegged’: Due to baby’s position in the womb. This makes it more comfortable for babies to be in a “curled” position with their feet close together or a “froggy style”. With time, this bowleggedness will correct itself. Typically, most babies would start to prefer a wide sitting stance from around 4 to 5 months old.
The most suitable baby carriers for babies from newborn to 5 months are the baby pouch slings. Allowing babies to curl up in froggy style or cradle carry position with good neck support for the baby before they develop neck control.