The Joimove Scarf Hack for Babywearing
We love babywearing, and we know lots of babies who love it too! It is so important to find the comfortable and safe carrier that fits you and baby correctly, and that means that baby’s head, neck, body and legs and your spine need to be supported.
When you arrive at a Joimove Babies session, or if you have been there before, you may see our instructors help participants with narrow-based carriers using the Joimove Scarf Hack or even replace their carriers with fully ergonomic ones. If your carrier isn’t providing knee-to-knee support for baby, a gentle, cuddly shape for your baby’s spine, and comfortable positioning for yourself, the Joimove Scarf Hack can help you out as you begin your search for a carrier that’s ergonomically correct for you both.
1-Put on your carrier and check that the size adjustments are set correctly. Straps should be pulled tightly and baby should be sitting high enough that you can kiss your baby on her head.
2-Fold a 2-meter long scarf in half.
3-Tuck the centre of the folded scarf in between the carrier and your stomach.
5-Place baby deep in the carrier facing inwards, supporting her bottom, legs, and knees with the help of the scarf.
6-Tighten the scarf, gently lifting baby’s knees so that they are naturally higher than her hipbones. *Remember: never force a baby’s body into any position.
7-Tuck the scarf into the side straps of your carrier.
8-Knot the scarf at your back.
9-Do not forget to support baby’s head and neck with your hand!
10-Let’s get dancing!
Read more about babywearing dance safety here. To help you in your search, check out some of the great advantages of a local sling library, babywearing peer supporters and consultants in your area!
Joimovers in the News
We are so proud of our Joimovers! Joimove Babies, Kids, and Friends Instructors have been making the news lately with their great work and are inspiring others to get active and spend quality time with their babies and children. Let’s take a look at some of these amazing news stories from all around the world!
Our amazing Joimovers in Taipei, Taiwan, were featured on evening news to share information on the benefits of babywearing dance classes and Joimove’s expertise in safe, fun babywearing. Diana Chendana and Phoebe Chiang were interviewed alongside Dr Yin Chang-Sheng, an expert in obstetrics and gynaecology, who lent support to the great work and high safety standards that Joimove Babies classes offer to parents with babies and young children.
Dr Yin Chang-Sheng noted, “Music and dance helps adults to produce happy hormones, generally referring to endorphin, serotonin, dopamine, and oxycontin. These happy hormones can be transferred from adults to the child by babywearing and dancing. It [babywearing dance] will help to lower your blood pressure, reduce your risk of heart problems, but also develop skin to skin contact and attachment between you and your baby.”
Ruta Lelthe Ambrozaitienė, a Joimove Babies and Kids Instructor from Vilnius, Lithuania, had an article published in Mažylis, Lithuania’s parenting magazine. Ruta was so happy to be able to share information about working as a Joimove Instructor with babies and new mothers with Mažylis’s readers.
We asked Ruta to tell us more:
“I shared that dance is in human nature, that living with a beat and rhythmic movement starts in the mother’s womb and continue on in a mother’s hands with nursery songs, calming down a baby, etc. But we stop dancing when we start to think that dance needs special abilities, specialised knowledge, and technique. Usually such messages as ‘I can’t dance’ comes from parents and a child accepts this idea that dancing is something that you have to learn.
“Dance is emotion. We all have hearts that beat, we all move in one way or another, so we all can dance! Also, dance is a perfect, easy way to stay active and produce hormones of happiness, which is important! It’s not about some technical dance steps. If baby feels your movement and your happiness, he doesn’t care about what your legs are doing.”
Joimove’s Founder, Selen Yilmaz, was recently interviewed by Bebegim ve Biz about the history of Joimove International and the progress Joimovers have made in promoting active living, safe babywearing and babywearing dance, and in bringing people together in communities all over the world. We were honoured that the magazine chose to create a special edition for Joimove in honour of the amazing powers of babywearing and babywearing dance in their August 2017 issue.
United States of America
This week, one of Joimove’s newest Joimove Babies Instructors, Kailey McNeill, held a well-attended flashmob in her home state of Virginia. The flashmob of babywearing dancers and their little ones was even featured on Fox 5 News. Great work Kailey!
A big ‘Congratulations!’ goes to all of our Joimove Instructors and Trainees who continue to inspire community spirit and active living in every one of their communities.
Want to find out about Joimove events in your area? Check out Joimove’s Facebook page and Instagram account for updates, or contact us today to find out more about becoming an inspiration in your own community through our unique Joimove training programmes.
Joimove International and International Babywearing Dance Day 2017
Joimove is so happy to be taking a leading role again this year in organising International Babywearing Dance Day, IBDD2017. On 21 September 2017 and during the week and weekend, babywearing dance groups from all over the world will be celebrating their love of safe babywearing dance by taking part in a global flash mob by dancing the new ‘Mother Earth’ routine to Madre Tierra’s ‘Chayanne’.
This year Joimove’s staff and volunteers are playing key roles in administrative tasks, organising the event, creating marketing materials, and answering questions about the day as they come in from across the globe. But you won’t just find Joimove’s influence behind the scenes. We are so happy to announce that we have Joimovers in 12 countries busy planning their own events to get more parents and children dancing!
That’s right! Joimovers will be running events in 12 countries, including Scotland, the USA, Lithuania, Turkey, and Taiwan. Babywearers in these countries and many more are busy learning the new dance routine “Mother Earth” and planning to take part on 21 September, plus they’ll record their performances to share with their friends, members of the IBDD community, and a global online audience.
Want to take part in an IBDD event? Contact IBDD at email@example.com, check the IBDD Facebook page and Instagram account for updates, and visit the IBDD website, for more information about this amazing celebration. Join us today!