Are prams really the best way to carry your baby?
UPDATE: (5pm: May 19, 2016)
A POTTSVILLE mum says she has been slammed on social media following an article advocating for the use of carrying her baby in a sling.
Caley Tirris, who recently launched her new business Back to Basics Babywearing, said she had not intended to upset or lecture other mums when discussing her support for babywearing - the practise of carrying babies on a carer's body with the aid of slings and other carriers - as opposed to using prams.
"The intention of this article was purely to advocate babywearing as biologically natural and the amazing benefits associated," Mrs Tirris said.
"I am certainly not out to slam pram users or make parents feel guilty in any way, shape, or form.
"I apologise for the misunderstandings and offense it has caused, this was certainly not my intention."
Mrs Tirris said she was not against prams, and did not have anything against mothers who used them.
The article, published online yesterday, has gone viral and attracted comments from across the country.
INITIAL STORY: (May 18, 2016)
POTTSVILLE mum and baby wearing expert Caley Tirris says prams are not ideal for bub.
Mrs Tirris has recently launched Back to Basics Babywearing - a business coaching other mums in how best to wear their baby, following her experience in learning how to carry 14-month-old son Javan.
Babywearing is the practice of wearing or carrying a baby in a sling or in another form of carrier, and has been practised for thousands of years.
"We believe that pushing prams is not biologically natural, whereas babywearing is," Mrs Tirris said.
"If you compare us to the animal kingdom scientists have found that apes are active clingers.
"In the same way, humans are active clingers, and have a reflex called the palmer grasp, where babies cling onto you, and so scientists say babies are biologically designed to be carried."
Mrs Tirris initially had trouble babywearing because she had the wrong carrier.
"I ended up talking to friends about babywearing, just teaching them what I learnt, and thought I should get proper training in it, and turn it into a career," she said.
Mrs Tirris said the centre of the movement within a pram puts "all the pressure on a baby's back".
"Babies don't get the variation of the movement when they're in a pram.
"If you're wearing a baby it's beneficial for the physical and emotional development; it's how babies are meant to be."
Mrs Tirris admitted the idea may upset pram proponents.
"I'm an advocate for baby wearing, it's what I expected," she said, adding that she hoped to educate mothers on the benefits.
Mrs Tirris said she now "couldn't live without" wearing baby Javan.
"It's how I cope with life; I cook the dinner babywearing, if he's cranky I babywear, if I can't get him to sleep, I babywear. It's the answer to most problems," she said.
Mrs Tirris' at-home personal consultations cost $100 for 1.5 hours and help mothers choose an appropriate baby carrier from a broad range on the market.
She also sells carriers priced from $80-$350.
More information at www.backtobasicsbabywearing.com