Baby on board, or in a ‘bucket,’ needs TLC |

Baby on board, or in a ‘bucket,’ needs TLC

On almost any day, we can see someone carrying a small baby in one of those large plastic go-everywhere, do-everything baby “buckets.” There are even some fancy ones, with ergonomic handles and special attachments that allow them to be attached to strollers, car seats and grocery carts.

Of course, there are times when it’s useful to not wake a sleeping baby and carry it, bucket and all, into the store or restaurant, but let’s think about this.

First of all, I have never seen anyone look very comfortable carrying one. The buckets are quite wide and must be carried away from your body, banging into your leg with each step. So not only does it bruise your leg, but your lower back muscles are thrown into a tizzy, too.

The subsequent lower back pain can be described as “baby in a bucket syndrome.” Biomechanically, the whole setup is as awkward as loading a lawn mower into the trunk of a car.

Then there’s the baby. The next time you have a chance to watch this situation, pay close attention to how the baby is being bounced around with each step. Somehow, it just doesn’t seem right to have this little, sacred being of love and light bouncing off your leg as you walk into the grocery store.

As parents, we all have a sense and a need to care for our children. We want to keep our children safe; but sometimes I think we get too caught up in trying to be normal. We have an innate need to fit in, to do what everyone else is doing, but let’s not forget to evaluate for ourselves what feels right.

Forty years ago, science, or should I say the financial supporters of science, had us convinced that breast feeding wasn’t necessary. They told us that bottled formulas were more nutritious and more convenient. So much for following the trends of normalcy.

The human nervous system is one of the most evolved systems in the history of the planet. And yes, babies do feel and interpret the world all the time. They live in a world of pre-verbal understanding. Every event they experience becomes a building block for the next experience, and actually directs the development of their whole nervous system.

As we keep our babies and children more and more separated from human touch, we actually teach them to deaden their senses and flatten their imaginations. So I say, stop being normal. Let your little human know the feeling of your bio-electric life field.

Whenever you can, hold your baby next to your heart. It’s quite a good life field generator. Show them what it’s like to be human. How else will they know? Try one of those over-the-shoulder slings; they actually work very well. You can even find larger sizes for dads. Check them out at your local baby supply store.

Of course, car seats are a must, and the baby bucket can be a useful and helpful tool. But when you need to use one, carry it close to your chest like a laundry basket. Doing this will help your back, give your baby a better sense of connection, and help you remember that your baby is not just another bag of groceries.

Daniel Allen is a doctor of osteopathy with a practice in Nevada City. Contact him at 478-5770.

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