Posture Focus: Holding Your Kids (Side Carry)

 

You know you’ll be holding your kids a TON these next few days with school on break. So here’s the side carry version of how to hold your kids well! (This applies for pregnancy too!)
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Things to look out for:


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❌𝗛𝗶𝗽𝘀 𝗯𝗲𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘂𝗻𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗼 𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗵𝗶𝗽 – this causes so many issues, from putting too much weight on your outer hip to disengaging your core and throwing off your pelvis…which throws off your entire posture chain.
❌𝗖𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗲𝗻𝗴𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗱 – letting it ‘all hang out’ creates so much tension in your lower back. Ack!
❌𝗙𝗹𝗼𝗽𝗽𝘆 𝗮𝗿𝗺𝘀 – which forces you to rely on your hips too much and pulls into your neck and shoulders too.
❌𝗡𝗲𝗰𝗸 𝗰𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 – if your hips are not under your shoulders, your neck has to strain to stay upright (see that crazy muscle in the front of my neck?? Yeah, that shouldn’t look like that. 😆)
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Here’s what to do instead!:


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✅ 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗵𝗶𝗽𝘀 – good bone-alignment will help you engage the correct muscles. Align your bones and your muscles will fall into place. 😉
✅ 𝗞𝗲𝗲𝗽 𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗲𝗻𝗴𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗶𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝗿𝗲 – no gripping, just enough engagement to protect your back and help you:
✅ 𝗞𝗲𝗲𝗽 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗵𝗶𝗽𝘀 𝗹𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲
✅ 𝗗𝗿𝗮𝘄 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸 – to help you:
✅ 𝗨𝘀𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗔𝗥𝗠𝗦 to hold your kid up HIGH!
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Let us know how it goes and share with your mama friends who could use a reminder! ✨

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