Baby wearing expert Caley Tirris says prams are not ideal for babies

Mrs Tirris who previously ran Back to Basics Babywearing – a business coaching other mums in how best to wear their baby – but now owns Serenity Baby Shop has said “We believe that pushing prams is not biologically natural, whereas babywearing is,” reports Tweed Daily News.

“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.”

“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.”

“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.

Slammed By Social Media

After receiving some backlash for her opinion Mrs Tirris has added “The intention of this article was purely to advocate babywearing as biologically natural and the amazing benefits associated.”

“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.

Share your comments below.

Image via Tweed Daily News

  • It’s fun to carry bub around I know u did


  • I love baby wearing 3rd time around!


  • I think there’s lots of truth in what she says.


  • I wanted so badly to wear my baby but he hated it! It doesn’t work for everyone!


  • Each to their own. I had a baby carrier, which I loved and used, but they were other times I loved the pram.


  • I would rather have my bub in a pram while cooking dinner, very dangerous!


  • Everyone has the right to choose what is right for them.
    I think its fine to do whatever works for you


  • each to their own… i think both are fine.


  • It may not be natural, but it’s very practical.


  • My little ones have both disliked babywearing so I think every baby and every mum is different.


  • I think whatever works for mum and bub is fine. I despise shaming either way. 99.9 percent of mums are doing their best and doing what they do with the very best intentions and love. If babywaering works, go for it, if prams work same. All that matters is bub is safe and happy.


  • Very interesting. I count baby wear. The baby bjorn is heard enough.


  • Really?! Yeah, sure, a baby carrier might be best for some mums. For others, a pram might be best. Go for whatever meets your needs. We have used prams for years without any problems and I’m sure they’ll be used for many years to come


  • I could not baby wear. Baby was too heavy and uncomfortable hanging off me lol. Each to their own for sure, I’m not against it, I just couldn’t do it. Although having said that…I had a child that was happy on her own and settled, the other I picked up constantly and gave attention…two totally different children and if I had my time again I wouldn’t pick my second child up so much.


  • I never used a carrier and my daughter turned out just fine. I think each person should use whatever they prefer, but should not dismiss other options.


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