“I am of the opinion that these baby slings are an ideal method of transport which cannot be replaced by any other carrying device during the first 4 to 5 months. They are available locally under the name DIDYMOS. They also meet every requirement concerning the necessary intensive contact between the child and its parents.”
Prof. Dr. med. H. Czermak, paediatrician
“Without any doubt these DIDYMOS-carry cloths are preferable to all other carry-slings and carry-bags currently on the market, because only they provide optimal body contact with the child. One can tie these cloths in many different ways so that they provide the greatest comfort for the child.
Excerpt from an essay by Prof. Dr. Ernst J. Kiphard, Institute for Sport Science at the University of Frankfurt/Main
Infants who are carried around everywhere in this baby sling either on the hip, on the stomach or on their mother’s back develop better than those who spend most of their time in a baby cot. This applies equally to their motor, cognitive and emotional development. Parents generally only rock their children when they want to calm them down or reassure them.
Eminent paediatricians and orthopaedic specialists recommend the sling for the following reasons: the baby’s eyes see very much more of their surroundings. This provides more stimuli for the infant’s brain. The mother’s movements stimulate all skin receptors but also the organs of movement and balance. Every time the centre of gravity shifts the reflexes of both the nerves and muscles are stimulated.
The intensive eye- and body contact with the mother or father (because he too should carry the infant!) imparts a feeling of safe wellbeing whose psycho-social importance is immeasurable. In a DIDYMOS sling the baby’s legs are spread out exactly in the anatomically ideal position, when, for instance, it straddles the hip of the adult. This counteracts a habitual hip luxation.
Excerpt from an article by H. Peters (midwife), published in the German Journal of Midwifery
In this sling, the child uses the anatomically correct straddle position while the back of the child is completely supported. It is well known, that among primitive people a hip luxation is almost unknown because their children are carried in this fashion. The usual German therapy using a spica and strapping in cases of luxation can be perfectly helped by carrying the child in a baby sling. The seemingly justified argument that the use of the DIDYMOS sling causes a loss of warmth which is unhealthy for the child, can be rejected because babies are quite able to endure the variation in temperature of our climate without having to be smothered up to their noses in pillows.
The temperature regulation of the infantile body is stimulated naturally. It achieves a certain conditioning to temperature change and furthermore helps to prevent rickets , something that is not the case for infants sheltered from all natural light.
The psychological effect of this way of carrying infants leads to a very intimate child-parent relationship and can also benefit the child’s intelligence. The child needs the feeling of security and comfort that it gets through the close contact with its father or mother. The parents are always in its view, no pram cover reduces the horizon.
I myself have been convinced of the practical advantages of he baby sling since I have been carrying my second child in it. One has both hands free, can carry on working, for instance look after the older sibling without having to constantly put the infant in its cot. The baby takes part very early in family life.
Furthermore one has unimpeded and time saving access to all shops, stores etc. You do not need to park a pram or to wait at crowded lifts. There is no problem with space on public transport.
All this, I am sure, is a reason why mothers who use baby slings take their child with them more often to all sorts of events. The child is always present and learns to understand its surroundings.
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Hassenstein, Behavioural Biologist, University of Freiburg
Nowadays infants are denied contact with their motherly carers for most of the day. Their contact calling, their crying biologically equates with the acoustic emergency signal of the carried baby which has lost the closeness with the solely protective mother…