Alexa Dean

Mummy & Me (Dads too!) Yoga Chelsea

Alexa teaches this class at triyoga Chelsea located at World’s End of King’s Road in Chelsea.

Postnatal yoga classes are a great way to heal, strengthen and nurture yourself without needing a babysitter. Bring your little one along for some parent-baby bonding and be part of a community of new parents. Class includes yoga and baby massage.

Why Choose Alexa’s Postnatal Yoga Classes?

Alexa trained with world renowned teachers. She is also one of most trusted doulas in London having assisted more than 65 births since she started in November 2013.

In her classes Alexa teaches a combination of yoga postures and movements to create comfort and gain strength and tone in your body. These classes are gentle and informal and no previous experience is required. You’ll bond with your baby sharing yoga together, having fun singing and dancing!

What people say about Alexa’s classes

Renata, August 2018

I just want to let you know how amazing I find your classes. I loved coming to your prenatal ones and I love coming to your Mummy + Me classes. I think you are an amazing yoga teacher. I love your energy and the energy of your class, how you embrace motherhood and femininity in general. Your class is exactly what I expect from a yoga class with babies. It’s a perfect balance of yoga for me, my baby and the baby massage is such a bonus!!! I had no idea it was part of the class 🙂 As you say at the beginning of the class, it’s hard for the babies to keep attention for such a long time and it’s great you give us the opportunity to interact with our babies, to entertain them, to assure them we are there for them as part of your class while still focusing on the mums as well.


Join Alexa’s Mum and Baby  yoga classes
Fridays 12:45 – 14:15
triyoga Chelsea
372 King’s Road
SW3 5UZ

and…

Wednesdays 10:30 – 12:00
triyoga Shoreditch
Unit 2, 10 Cygnet Street
E1 6GW

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Baby Massage
Mondays 11:00-12:15
triyoga Camden
57 Jamestown Road
NW1 7DB

Email Alexa for more information

 

with Alexa Dean and Tamar Gail

Saturday 22 September 2018
9.30am-5.30pm
£80
Evolve Wellness Centre
10 Kendrick Mews
London SW7 3HG

Please book here

Join us to ignite your inner Shakti.  A workshop open to women of all ages and stages of life.  This is for anyone and everyone.

We will explore menstruality and sexuality as Rites of Passage reclaiming our natural powers.  Softening into our sensuality and discover, and awaken our sexual essence as a woman.

By working within the shamanic realms and the ancient tradition of tantra, yoga, and meditation we come to understand the Shakti Kundalini energy that moves through us.  An energy that is life force energy at its finest – sexual, creative, vitality that manifests life.  Through the practices we will share, coupled with the wisdom of the shamanic realms, and your own feminine body, you will come to understand how as an awakened women you can step into your sovereignty and queenship and how you can easily create the life that you dream of.

Shakti energy is life changing – to feel and sense yourself waking up, remembering who you are at the core of your essence and who you were created to be.  With this knowledge you will have essential keys in unlocking your natural born gifts.  When you embody ‘You’ you will experience a greater sense of inner freedom and joy.

Why Shakti energy is so important…  Why sexual energy is so important…

Your sexual energy is one of the most powerful keys to unlocking your natural born gifts.  By avoiding connection with your sexual energy, it impacts your life by misaligning you to your truth. With this important connection, you’ll adopt a greater understanding of how to use your sexual energy to manifest your heart’s desires.  Did you know that your sexual energy plays a powerful key to your life’s purpose and all of your creations? Our creativity comes through when we allow ourselves to step up and fully express the truth of who we are to the core. We’re not built to repress our authentic self, and yet unfortunately so many of us walk around masked. Whether it’s lifestyle, relationships, creativity or success, sexual energy parallels all facets of life. The more you deflect your sexual energy the more contraction you have. Which of course means the opposite is true – the more you embrace your sexual energy, the more expansion you’re present to, allowing you a great sense of inner freedom and joy.

We can feel it emanating from others, and when it courses through our veins we feel on top of the world – like wearing an invincibility cloak.

Expect work in pairs, drum journeys, movement through dance and yoga, stillness, creativity and imagination to deepen self-awareness and healing and connect with the feminine power within you.  Experience growth and confidence that happens when women sit together and share in circle.

Alexa Dean is passionate about feminine wisdom, inner power, women’s mysteries, moon cycles, self healing, movement and stillness. She explores the realms of shamanism. She is continuously learning and growing. Alexa is a doula, yoga teacher and massage therapist. www.alexadean.co.uk

Tamar Gail has been working in the healing arts since 1999 and runs an international practice for women and couples, specializing in SACRED TEMPLE ARTS. Guiding people all over the world to devote time to their own personal transformation, her own powerful presence inspires and empowers them to step into their full potential, through vibrant authenticity and the awakening to the expansiveness of the heart. Tamar wholeheartedly offers herself through the path of devotion. The focus of her work is on feminine embodiment, sensuality, sacred sexuality, becoming a sovereign woman, intimacy and the ability to open up to a reality that is wild and untamed, beautiful, loving, abundant and beyond our wildest dreams. Tamar has a background in shamanism, tantra, sacred sound healing and Sacred Female yoga, dance, and breathwork, all of which she draws upon as needed when working with her clients. She supports other women in reconnecting and embodying their deepest truth and feminine wisdom, in order for them to re-find their sensuality and vitality, and realise they have the power to create the life of their dreams. Tamar believes that at this moment in time healing on a conscious level is needed in order for the world to heal, and it is the women who hold the greatest power to make this change. Tamar lives in the French Alps and is a practicing Coach, Sacred Female Yoga Teacher and Sound Healer. She runs ceremonies, retreats and workshops internationally for women and couples. Seeing people come back home to themselves and their truth through her work is for her the greatest gift.

Please see her website for upcoming Events througout Europe, the US and online. www.tamargail.com

* BYO Lunch – or market next door
* Bring comfortable clothes, a glass bottle to refill your water, your journal and a pen

Please book here

Enquiries: info@alexadean.co.uk

Mum & Baby Yoga with Alexa Dean

Chelsea Postnatal Yoga / Shoreditch Postnatal Yoga

Practising yoga with your baby next to you is, fun, lively, cute, noisy… requires lots of pauses and creativity to adapt the postures and moves to add sounds, peek-a-books, smiles, songs, cuddles, eye contact, feeding and changing nappies and of course lots of kisses!

Be gentle with the movements, work within your strength and flexibility and never force anything. It is best to start from around 6 weeks postnatal when your body has recovered a little from birth. Don’t make moves too fast and try to use the flow and rhythm of your breath.

Breathing Warm Up

Sitting on Easy Pose (legs crossed) sit your baby on your lap and hold her back against your belly or if your baby is on the floor place one hand on her belly and your other hand on your heart centre. Align your spine making it tall, elegant and light, let your eyes close. Feel the energy from the crown of your head reaching up the skies and an opposing energy from your seat bones, reaching down to the centre of the earth. Enjoy as many breaths as you can, simply feeling the movement of your breath in your body. Do a few gentle head and neck circles in both directions and the same with your shoulders. Then draw your shoulders up and release with a big sigh three times. And saying to yourself, ask your baby to teach you something new today, as your baby is your greatest teacher!

Side Stretches

Keeping the same seating position, maybe you want to change the crossing of the legs, bring one arm up on the inhale and as you exhale feel your intercostal muscles, in between your ribs, as you give your body a lovely side stretch. I like the flow from side to side when baby is next to you and follows the movement of your arms. You can also do this with your baby in your lap holding the baby with one hand and inhale the other arm up and over to feel the stretch. Repeat on the other side. 3-5 times each side.

Pelvic Tilts

Lying on your back with your knees bent. Baby may be on your chest, or next to you on a blanket or the top of your mat. Tuck your belly button in toward your spine, exhale and tilt your pelvis up, inhale and tilt your pelvis back. You are rocking your pelvis back and forth for gentle strengthening of the abdomen. You will feel your spine flat on the floor as you exhale and a natural curve as you inhale. Starting gently and moving slowly is the best. Add a gather of your pelvic floor muscles as you exhale and soften on the exhalation. Mindful conscious movement with breath is key here. Repeat around 20 times.

Half Bridge Up-Downs

Stay lying on your back with knees bent and hip width apart (feet too!). Baby sitting on your hips, hold her with your hands – or baby next to you, hands on the floor next to your body. Inhale here. On the exhale, press your feet down to the earth and lift your hips off the mat. You are opening up the space around your heart. It has a calming and quieting effect, therefore great for anxiety! Don’t squeeze your bum too much, think firm, not hard rock! Exhale raise, inhale back down synchronizing with a slow, steady breath. Here you can also activate your pelvic floor muscles each time you exhale up, and release as you inhale down to the mat. Always start the movement first grounding the feet to the floor then the lift becomes easier.

Bridge is a fantastic antidote to anxiety and therefore a pose I recommend to post-natal yogis. It calms the mind, helps with headaches, and alleviates stress and mild depression.

Cat-Cow Stretches (modified)

From Table Pose with hands below your shoulders and knees under your hips, exhale and create a dome shape to cat pose, the spine towards the sky. On the inhale come back to table. To this movement and breath add pelvic floor gathering and release. A full Cow Pose (with head and tailbone lifted) is not recommended with diastasis recti.

Movement releases tension and this posture is great for the spine and to strengthen the core and your pelvic floor.

Warrior Dance

Standing poses help us build strength, balance and confidence.

Step your left foot back, heel off the floor as you bend the right knee and your arms flow up to Crescent Moon Pose. Align the spine, drop the shoulders down, open your heart centre, ground your feet to the earth. Now come to Warrior II as the left heals goes down to the floor and your hips open gently to the left, front knee always bent. One arm in front of you, the other one behind. Feel the feet rooting down and the opposing energies from your arms. Check your spine. A gentle tone in your belly and the pelvic floor. Keep dancing from Crescent Moon Pose to Warrior II Pose.

Hip Circles

Hold your baby in your arms. Standing with legs shoulder-width apart, start moving the hips in circles. Keep the pelvic floor activated as you move your hips. If you feel good and want to try more, widen your stance and bend your knees a bit more. Dance! Smile! Have fun!

Relaxation

At the end of your practice, take a moment to lay still, on your back in Savasana or side to let your body and mind relax and take in the practice you have just done. Maybe sing a song to the baby…

About Alexa Dean

Alexa is a Yoga Teacher, Doula, Hypnobirthing Childbirth Educator, Massage Therapist and Placenta Remedies Specialist. She is passionate about active, positive and conscious birth and supporting pregnant women and new parents through the amazing transformation that parenthood brings forth. She encourages her mamas to enjoy their pregnancy and to feel the empowerment obtained through knowledge and understanding of the process of birth. Her classes with mums-to-be and mums with babies are fun and are offered with an open mind and open heart. The vibe is upbeat, nurturing and friendly. For more info visit her website

Alexa teaches Mummy & Me (Dads Welcome) at:

triyoga Chelsea
Fridays 12:45-14:15. To book click here.

triyoga Shoreditch
Wednesdays 10:30-12:00. To book click here

Mum and Baby Chelsea / Postnatal Chelsea
Mum and Baby Shoreditch / Postnatal Shoreditch

 

Bengkung Belly Wrap

London Bengkung Belly Binding

 

What is a Bengkung Belly Wrap?

Bengkung Belly Binding is the art of wrapping a postpartum women’s belly for physical support and to help hasten the recovery process after childbirth.  This belly binding technique uses a long strip of 100% natural cotton cloth to wrap around the abdomen from the hips to the ribcage.

Belly wrap in a variety of forms has been practiced by cultures throughout the world for generations. Bengkung Belly Binding comes to the West from Malaysia, where Malay women begin binding about day 4 and bind for at least 40 days postpartum to help support the healing process.

Benefits of Bengkung Belly Wrap

Bengkung is said to have healing properties which include:
– Supporting the internal organs
– Assisting in abdominal wall retraction (including with diastasis recti)
– Encouraging good posture
– Improving circulation
– Reducing water retention
– Closing the hips and the rib cage
– Decreasing postpartum bleeding time
– Supporting the pelvic floor
– Lessening afterpains
– Encouraging spinal realignment to a pre-pregnancy state

Women should be wrapped as soon they can after birth, ideally on day four or five postpartum. The belly bind should be worn daily for 12 hours a day for at least 40 days or longer. After a cesarean birth women should wait at least 6 weeks until the incision is mostly healed before they are wrapped.

Bengkung belly binding is different than western girdles and corsets. The goal with Bengkung binding is not a flatter tummy but overall holistic healing.

Bengkung Belly Wrap Service London

Three sessions at your home which include:

  • Application of a postpartum healing belly balm and a relaxing Abdominal-Sacral Massage
  • Belly Bind paste application
  • Belly Binding instruction to teach you how to bind yourself daily at home. A friend or family member is welcome to learn so they can help wrap you at home
  • Includes your own Bengkung Belly Bind Kit

Price: £250 – three sessions (60mins each)

Email Alexa for bookings and more info

Benefits of Baby Massage

Baby Massage is about love… touch, contact, communication, connection… It’s about giving and receiving back…

Baby Massage encourages loving attachment and more confidence in holding and handling. The benefits are both physical and emotional for both baby and parent. It secures the full structural health and fitness of the baby, helps achieve full flexibility and ensures a level of relaxation introducing confidence and trust in your relationship. Other benefits include: improved circulation, muscle relaxation and joint flexibility, cleansing of baby’s skin, improved body’s resistance to infection, induces general feelings of wellbeing, encourages closeness in a relationship, makes the baby feel protected and loved, assists digestion and strengthens the immune system.

Alexa teaches an ongoing group class at triyoga Camden.

Join Alexa’s Baby Massage classes:
Mondays 11am-12pm
triyoga Camden
57 Jamestown Road
London NW1 7DB

She also offers one-to-one sessions and small group sessions at your home.

Email Alexa

Pregnancy Yoga Waterloo

Alexa teaches pregnancy yoga classes at The Bridge located a short distance from Waterloo, Southwark and London Bridge stations.

The studio is a women-only facility on Southbank and close to Borough Market. It has full changing rooms with lockers and showers. You do not need to be a member of The Bridge to attend Alexa’s classes.

Mats and blocks are provided – all you need to bring is yourself! Classes are a mix of all stages of pregnancy from week 12 until birth.

Why Choose Alexa’s Pregnancy Yoga Classes?

Alexa trained with world renowned teachers including Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa and Nadia Narain and YogaBirth teachers, founded by Lolly Stirk and Yvonne Moore. She is also one of most trusted doulas in London having assisted more than 50 births since she started in November 2013.

She teaches at top London yoga studios like triyoga in Camden and Chelsea, The Shala in West Norwood and Evolve Wellness Centre in South Kensington.

In her classes Alexa teaches a combination of yoga postures and movements to create comfort and space for you and your baby. You will learn breathing techniques to help you through your pregnancy and through childbirth itself and you will experience some lovely deep relaxation techniques, helping you stay calm and relieve the anxieties associated with pregnancy and childbirth.

What people say about Alexa’s classes

Liz, March 2016

Alexa’s pregnancy yoga classes have been truly inspiration for me in this special time. I have felt the benefits on all levels, mind, body and soul. Alexa teaches with passion, knowledge and love for what it truly means to be a woman and a mother, with honesty and openness to help guide you through the journey of pregnancy and into birthing your child, in whatever space that may be – so that you are educated, informed and relaxed.


Sharice, November 2015

Alexa’s pregnancy yoga classes provided so much more than I expected to gain; discussing various experiences of pregnancy and our expectations of giving birth we got lots of advice and guidance as well as a really enjoyable and soothing yoga practice which was varied and dealt with all the aches and pains of pregnancy. I always left the class on a high and I feel it was big factor in my thoroughly enjoying my pregnancy.


Join Alexa’s Waterloo pregnancy yoga classes
Tuesdays 7pm-8pm
The Bridge, 81 Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1 0QN
Drop ins: £15 – Pass of 5 classes £70
Email Alexa


Pregnancy Yoga Southwark

Alexa is a pregnancy yoga teacher, doula and massage therapist. She offers her classes on Tuesdays 7pm-8pm at The Bridge Health, Fitness & Wellbeing Centre, located 2 minutes walk from London Bridge and Borough Market and Southbank. And 10 minutes walk from Waterloo and The City.

This style of yoga is a lovely gentle and dynamic,  supportive and nourishing practice. She is passionate about active, positive and conscious birth and supporting pregnant women and new parents through their amazing transformation that parenthood brings forth.

“Alexa’s pregnancy yoga classes have been truly inspiration for me in this special time. I have felt the benefits on all levels, mind, body and soul. Alexa teaches with passion, knowledge and love for what it truly means to be a woman and a mother, with honesty and openness to help guide you through the journey of pregnancy and into birthing your child, in whatever space that may be – so that you are educated, informed and relaxed.” – Lucy.

To join Alexa’s pregnancy yoga class in Southwark please contact her here: email

The Bridge
81 Southwark Bridge Road
London, SE1 0NQ
Drop ins £15
Set of 5 classes £70

Pregnancy Yoga London Bridge

Alexa teaches pregnancy yoga classes at The Bridge located 2 mins away from London Bridge, and short distance from Southwark and Waterloo stations.

The Bridge is a women-only facility on Southbank and close to Borough Market. It has full changing rooms with lockers and showers. You do not need to be a member of The Bridge to attend Alexa’s classes.

Mats and blocks are provided – all you need to bring is yourself! Classes are a mix of all stages of pregnancy from week 12 until birth.

Why Choose Alexa’s Pregnancy Yoga Classes?

Alexa trained with world renowned teachers including Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa and Nadia Narain and YogaBirth teachers, founded by Lolly Stirk and Yvonne Moore.

She teaches at top London yoga studios like triyoga in Camden and Chelsea, The Shala in West Norwood and Evolve Wellness Centre in South Kensington.

What people say about Alexa’s classes

Amy, February 2017

“Hi Alexa! We welcomed our daughter Evelyn into the world – and I wanted to thank you so much for all your advice during our yoga classes. I used so much of it during labour – all of the breathing exercises, as well as lots of the positions – and it meant I was able to stay at home until I was 7cm which felt like an achievement!  Your classes were wonderful during pregnancy, and proved invaluable during labour. Thank you.”


Elizabeth, February 2017

“I just wanted to say a big thank you for the past few pregnancy yoga sessions that I’ve attended at Evolve with you. I really enjoyed the classes – they were so relaxing and taught me lots of helpful stretches – I always feel MUCH better on a Monday night thanks to you! Thanks again, and hope to see you again in the future – I will also recommend your class to my friends who are expecting.”

Join Alexa’s London Bridge pregnancy yoga classes
Tuesdays 7pm-8pm
The Bridge, 81 Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1 0QN
Drop ins: £15 – Pass of 5 classes £70
Email Alexa

There is a bewildering array of slings available. Of course you can, and many baby wearers do, have a different style of sling for every occasion, from an easy pouch, an everyday wrap, a silk ring sling for glamour, or a structured soft carrier for life in the great outdoors.

Wrap slings are basically a long piece of fabric that you tie around yourself. They can look daunting to the sling novice but the basic positions are easily learned and are well worth the effort. The spread of fabric across your back, particularly in a basic cross over tie, gives good weight distribution. The weight of the baby is spread all over the back and then tied round the hips, meaning that the pelvis rather than the lower back carries the bulk of the weight. A stretchy wrap with a proportion of Lycra or Spandex in the fabric is often a good place to start, particularly if the idea of tying yourself up in five meters of cloth is frightening. A stretchy one can easily be tied into position while the baby is safely elsewhere, and worn as long as desired, allowing you to take your baby in and out as necessary. Many offer a good variety of carrying positions, cradle hold for newborns (and ideal for breastfeeding), front, hip, and back.

Woven wraps, especially in a long length, give even more variety and once you master the art of tying in the back carrying positions, a wrap that offers such a possibility will allow you to use the same sling from birth till the moment your child has no further need to be carried. There are even varieties that work like a wrap sling but have the tying done for you.

Pouches and ring slings are easy to use, simply put one arm through and slip over the head. It is important to get the size that fits you comfortably to ensure the safety and comfort of your baby. Others are adjustable and offer more flexibility if more than one adult will be using the same carrier. It is easy to slip this type of carrier off with the baby fast asleep in it and lay the baby down. It’s great for a quick transfer from car seat to sling when you are out and about. Mesh slings, designed to be worn in the shower or swimming pool, are a useful addition to your sling collection if you have a baby who likes to be close to you everywhere you go.

Asian-style or Mai-tei carriers have the advantage of great simplicity and often come in the most gorgeous designs. They offer front and back carrying positions. They are not the easiest to breastfeed in, although women have done so.

Structured soft carriers are also easy to use as they are more likely to have buckles and more shaped fabric. They are often popular with dads.

It is hard to overestimate the importance of touch to the well being and development of a new baby. Wearing your baby is good for both of you. In a society that urges new mothers to “get their life back” following childbirth, a sling enables you as a mother to redefine that life and to broaden your horizons to include rather than exclude your baby. With access to the security that your body represents, your baby can learn what it means to be human.

Alexa is a Baby Wearing Consultant having trained at The School of Babywearing School by Fiona Ashman. She offers information to parents who want to know more about slings and baby carriers, top tips for safe babywearing and assist them to choose the carrier which best suits them needs.

Fees: £60 for a 90 mins meeting.

Email Alexa for More information or to book.

There are emotional, physical, and practical reasons why wearing a baby in a sling is a good idea.

Human babies are born significantly less mature than babies of other species that, like us, give birth to single infants or small multiples. The human infant is born “prematurely” to allow its head to pass through the birth canal before it gets too big and it completes the gestational period outside the womb. The human brain quadruples in size after birth.

Human babies are as vulnerable and dependent outside the womb as they are inside. Our babies need the same 24-hour nurturing and care that they had in utero. In the mother’s womb, the baby never feels hunger, is never lonely or cold, experiences all sounds and sensations through the mother’s body, which cushions and softens them. After the journey of birth, it seems natural that a baby would expect that same quality of 24-hour nurturing. Babies cannot get up and follow us on their own until about a year or so after birth. They cannot, like ape and monkey babies, cling to their mothers, although the strong grip reflex with which babies are born is thought to be a remnant of a time in our evolutionary journey when they could.

So we find ways to keep our babies close, using our large brains rather than our body hair. Primate mothers tend to take their infants with them as they go – the infants following or clinging to their mother.

Keep them close

Recent research confirms that being close to an adult caregiver guarantees more than safety and convenience.

Crying

Babies in skin-to-skin contact have more stable heart and breathing rates, better blood sugar levels, significantly lower levels of circulating stress hormones, and warmer body temperatures. Studies show that carried babies cry less. The crying pattern of normal infants in industrialized societies is characterized by an overall increase until six weeks of age followed by a decline until four months of age with a preponderance of evening crying. Hunziker and Barr hypothesized that this “normal” crying could be reduced by supplemental carrying, that is, increased carrying throughout the day in addition to that which occurs during feeding and in response to crying. In a randomized controlled trial, 99 mother-infant pairs were assigned to an increased carrying or control group. At the time of peak crying (six weeks of age), infants who received supplemental carrying cried and fussed 43% less overall, and 51% less during the evening hours (4 pm to midnight). Similar but smaller decreases occurred at 4, 8, and 12 weeks of age. Decreased crying and fussing were associated with increased contentment and feeding frequency but no change in feeding duration or sleep. They concluded that supplemental carrying modifies “normal” crying by reducing the duration and altering the typical pattern of crying and fussing in the first three months of life. The relative lack of carrying in our society may predispose to crying and colic in normal infants (Hunziker and Barr 1986).

Where baby wearing is the norm, babies demonstrate a strong attachment to parents and caregivers, and show greater social awareness. Happy babies make happy mothers, too.

Passive involvement

One of parents’ tasks is to show their child what it means to be a member of a family, community, and country. It is not too difficult to achieve when your baby is not kept at a distance. He can be passively involved in all you do while you hold him securely against your warm comforting body – he knows and trusts you. Jean Liedloff, author of The Continuum Concept, wrote, “The baby passively participates in the bearer’s running, walking, laughing, talking, working, and playing. The particular activities, the pace, the inflections of the language, the variety of sights, night and day, the range of temperatures, wetness and dryness, and the sounds of community life form a basis for the active participation that will begin at six or eight months of age with creeping, crawling, and then walking.” You provide your baby with the security he needs to be able to look outwards and explore the world.

Flat head syndrome

In recent years there has been an increase in the number of babies with plagiocephaly or flat head syndrome, a malformation of the head marked by an oblique slant to the main axis of the skull or a persistent flattened spot on the back or side of the head. Wendy S. Biggs describes how the length of time babies in Western society spend supine has increased the likelihood of suffering from this malformation. She directly attributes this to the infant spending “more time reclining with his or her head on a hard surface such as in a car seat or swing.” Babies who spend less time in seats and more time being carried in a sling are less at risk of developing this deformation. It seems logical that if your baby is often upright against your body, his head supported not by rigid plastic but by soft fabric or by your arms, he is less likely to suffer from flat head syndrome.

Carrying is practical

When you have a new baby, while your hormones do all sorts of wonderful things such as helping you to make milk and promoting feelings of love and attachment to your baby, they do not, unfortunately, grow you a spare pair of hands! A sling, however, can act as an extra pair of hands — gentle, warm, snugly hands that hold your baby close to you while you are able to do other things.

Those evenings in the early weeks when your baby cluster feeds for hours are not so stressful if you are not obliged to stay in the same place. If you wear your baby in a sling you can keep her at the breast and still get up, eat dinner, or go to the bathroom. If you have older children who also need your attention and your hands to cuddle or help them, a sling allows you to meet their needs as well as most of the baby’s needs more easily.