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“Babywearing is holding or carrying a baby/young child using a cloth baby carrier.”¹ At the very basic level, babywearing has the potential to fulfill a child’s need for touch. Meeting this need allows the child to actively take on stressful challenges with greater ease, as often occurs for children with special needs. Babywearing provides correct physical alignment of the hip and spine for optimal development. It improves vestibular system activation and body awareness due to continual motion of the caregiver. It allows for positioning free of pressure on the soft cranium. Babywearing is helpful in promoting general wellness by allowing the child to be in an upright position with improved respiration. Moreover, babywearing allows children with decreased immunity to remain within the caregiver’s personal space and away from harmful germs. Lastly, babywearing offers appropriate positioning for socialization and learning communicative cues.
Any family who has a child with a developmental special need, who does not already own an ergonomically correct babywearing carrier, may apply. The child to be worn does not have to be the child with special needs. Each family may apply for a carrier through this organization one time. Applicants must reside in the United States, its territories, or Canada.
The application consists of information about the family, the child to be worn, and the medical/functional diagnoses of the child with special needs. All sections must be filled out thoroughly. Incomplete and/or duplicate applications will not be processed. Applications will be reviewed by experienced babywearers and a Doctor of Physical Therapy specializing in pediatrics. Please note that there is no guarantee in receiving a carrier. If you are selected to receive a carrier, we will contact you and send you an invoice for the $10 shipping fee. After you have paid for shipping, we will ship your new carrier, along with safety guidelines and information regarding local-to-you babywearing meetings for further instruction and support. A short follow up questionnaire is emailed to recipients one month after shipment. Lift Me Up is dependent on recipients to fill out this form in order to better serve the community. Recipients of carriers provided by Lift Me Up agree to be a part of a greater movement to bring awareness to the health benefits and caregiver respite that babywearing can provide for families who have children with special needs. Therefore, Lift Me Up requires that each family who is accepted to receive a carrier, submit a written testimonial and/or photo of their carrier in use via email or Facebook to further the mission of the organization.