So, your baby wants to look around more and you're thinking about world facing. Maybe you're buying your first sling and want to have it as an option for later on.
You may have seen some mixed opinions and people being told not to world face. So I'm here to give you the facts to make the best decision for you and your family.
Do I have to use a world facing position?
Not at all. Many families will use other carrying positions. It's not a developmental 'must do', it comes down to each person making the choice for their little one. There are alternative positions that give just as good visibility, such as hip carries and back carries. These positions may be more comfortable for the person carrying.
When can you carry your baby world facing?
* When they are developmentally able (usually between 4-6 months but this is very dependent on the individual)
* When your carrier fits safely (each manufacturer has different guidance but again, when your individual baby fits may be different)
Firstly, check that your carrier supports a world facing position as not all do. Your baby should be able to hold their head without it dropping forwards. Carrying in a world facing position is for short time periods (between 15-30 minutes) and baby must remain awake.
If you would like any further guidance on this, please do get in touch.
What reasons do some families choose a world facing position?
Babies do enjoy seeing the world around them. This is usually from the 4 month mark, when they start to become more aware and spend less time asleep. You may then be considering giving your baby more visibility whilst being carried. Some families describe it as the 'nosey baby stage' and it can be a point in which little one begins to 'push back' in their current sling/carrier (note - this can be helped in a variety of ways, please do get in touch to talk through it more)
What are the disadvantages?
Babies can easily become overwhelmed in this position. There is no safe space to snuggle in to. We take for granted all the visual and auditory stimuli around us but for babies, this can be too much. If you see signs that baby has had enough, turn them around so they can snuggle in.