Pelvic Tilt – positioning

Pictures are courtesy of Miljana Letović and Darija Maho and Hip Displasia Institute and Sheffield Sling + Surgery

✨ Learning – Pelvic Tilt✨

When you are visual person, comparation of Lorette from Slingababy stuck in your head to pass knowledge further.

Positioning baby in different types of carriers differently affect position of baby Pelvis and for better demonstration we will be using Lorrete’s example of 3 types of chairs.

Pelvic tilt is the orientation of the pelvis in respect to the thighbones and the rest of the body. The pelvis can tilt towards the front, back, or either side of the body.

1. A bar stool – Anterior pelvic Tilt
Because your legs are not supported and your bum is on the edge you keep shifting your weight. Anterior pelvic tilt is a change in posture that happens when the front of the pelvis rotates forward, and the back of the pelvis rises. It affects posture and the shape of the spine.

2. A regular chair – Neutral Pelvic tilt
You’re well supported. There should be even distribution of your weight spread between both buttocks. Your knees should be equal distance away from you and The pelvis should be in a neutral position

3. A hammock chair – Posterior Pelvic Tilt
You’re are super relaxed, deep in a seat and struggle to get up from it. Posterior pelvic tilt is when the front of the pelvis rises and the back of the pelvis drops.

Drawing Andrea Baljkas Majce

Anterior Pelvic Tilt

1. I will start with please don’t panic if you have a narrow based carrier as it does not mean it is neccery a safety issue. Because of construction of the carrier and position of the baby where all weight is on one pressure point this position tends to feel uncomfortable for both baby and the person who carry. It can maybe explain pain your are feeling by carrying and it is often reason parents stop babywearing early on. You can adjust a position with a help of scarf or you can rent another carrier at our library to see the difference and extend benefits of babywearing.

Neutral Pelvic Tilt

2. When baby start sitting without assistance and reach that milestone of lifting herself over the hip in a sitting position we can use position number 2.

Posterior Pelvic tilt

3. Is in it interesting that hammock chair is the only option that you are actually sit IN, whereas a chair or bar stool is something you sit ON?

Have you ever noticed when you pick up your newborn baby how position of deep squat is something that comes natural to them? That is why you will read that we recommend “M” position when knees are higher then a bum when baby is in a carrier of any type. The pelvic tuck technique encourage a child to be in a natural position that creates a “J shape” (looking sideways) or an “M shape” (looking from the front) in a carrier is therefore very helpful. When we achieve this position you will notice that baby’s head will not flop backwords and we will preserve open airways and that we will allow natural curved position of the babies spine to be preserved. That’s why we call it optimal position and you will read how we aiming to achieve this position.

As baby develops and reach those milestones, baby developes Lumbar lordosis and pelvic tilt are getting smaller and goes to neutral position. This heppens when baby crowl and start lifting by herself in sitting position.

Certified Babywearing Consultant Ana Vuletic for Lena’s traveling carriers in collaboration with Andrea Baljkas Majce physiotherapist and other valuable insights from babywearing consultants.

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