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The frog leg position

Adaptation for being carried

A three weeks old baby-girl sitting sideways on the hip – the little legs are held self-sufficiently in the frog leg position.

Anatomic examinations by Prof. Dr. Dr. med. Büschelberger (Dresden) have shown that the head of the thighbone in a newborn is ideally orientated towards the hip socket – and thus fills it out evenly-when the legs are pulled up to approx. 100 degrees and spread approx. 40 degrees at the same time. When infants are picked up they take up this posture spontaneously and therefore it has to co-operate with their anatomic conditions.
As well, the rounded back (kyphosis) doesn’t stretch out immediately after birth. On the contrary, the well-known double-s-form of the spine is developing fully at the beginning of self-supported walking. These anatomic conditions, together with the palmar grasp reflex of the first days in life, suggest that infants are especially adapted to being carried on our body.


Thus, it is possible to make a statement about the ideal carrying position: with wide-spread, flexed legs, slightly rounded back and orientated towards the carrying adult.There is also the divergent opinion that says that children should be carried in a lying position during their first weeks in life. Make up your own mind, ask your midwife, your paediatrician or let your baby decide if it prefers the “Cradle” or the “Wrap Cross Carry” in the beginning.