Beautiful Follow Up Visit, and Evaluating Readiness for Back Wrapping

Back in December I visited this beautiful family and met the most wonderful mama.  Below is the link if you want to refresh your memory.

https://closeathandbaby.wordpress.com/2014/12/12/beautifully-embracing-challenges-with-cleft-lippalate/

This visit was focused on evaluating wether or not his little man, 5 months in this post, was ready to be worn on the back or not, and at the time of this visit a few months ago, we decided he was not.  But 3 months later, which is how behind on my blogging I am, I am happy to say, that has now changed as I’m writing this post.

First update is that breastfeeding has been mostly fresh pumping and feeding with this medela haberman special needs feeder.  This experienced and dedicated mama has created sucha  breastfeeding like atmosphere by cooing at her baby the entire feeding and maintaining eye contact.

First update is that breastfeeding has been mostly fresh pumping and feeding with this medela haberman special needs feeder. This experienced and dedicated mama has created such a breastfeeding like atmosphere by cooing at her baby the entire feeding and maintaining eye contact.

at the time of this visit, little man was not quite 9.5 lbs and therefore had not qualified for the surgery a bilateral cleft palate entails.  I saw that he had some low-ish muscle tone and i knew that we probably would not be putting him on mama's back any time that day.

At the time of this visit, little man was not quite 9.5 lbs and therefore had not qualified for the surgery a bilateral cleft palate entails. I saw that he had some low-ish muscle tone and I knew that we probably would not be putting him on mama’s back any time that day.

We worked on a  new carry called the front cross carry that you can pre wrap and take the baby in and out without rewrapping.   I'll put a link below.  You can see that little man can lift his head to look at mommy, but he still thrusts back involuntarily, and lays his head down to rest on mom's chest fairly often at the time of this visit.

We worked on a new carry called the front cross carry that you can pre wrap and take the baby in and out without rewrapping. I’ll put a link below. You can see that little man can lift his head to look at mommy, but he still thrusts back involuntarily, and lays his head down to rest on mom’s chest fairly often at the time of this visit.  Both signs that he wasn’t ready for extended back wearing at the time of this visit.

Link to the Front cross carry :

It’s a great carry for housework, errands and taking care of multiple children.  But it wasn’t back wearing, and this mama was not thrilled that I didn’t have all 100% great news that day.  She called me the next day and I went back and we discussed her sons neck strength issues one more time with lots of hugs.  This job is amazing, but it’s not 100% straightforward all the time.  Each baby is evaluated individually, and it’s important to remember that each time I work with  a new family.

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