Originally Posted by ccohenou
Not so much interested in 'information' as in the personal opinions of mothers or chiropractors, but actual medical research showing that these problems actually happen due to carrier/seat use?
Most if not all of those articles just quote the same (nonscholarly) essay from the continuum concept site by way of documentation.
This is often referenced:http://www.storchenwiege.com/babycarrierresearch.htm
And here's the explanation I've seen on thebabywearer.com:
"This is the basic argument:
1. Certain Eskimo and Athabascan populations use babycarriers that resemble the Baby Bjorn for carrying their babies
2. The adult populations of these groups have a high incidence of spondylolisthesis, a spinal problem that can be quite painful.
3. Researchers who have analysed these cases believe the causes are most likely a mixture of the genetic and the environmental.
4. Casses believes that the position in which a baby is held in a Baby Bjorn style carrier is not developmentally sound.
5. Therefore she surmises that the cause of the spondylolisthesis in these populations is most likely environmental and specifically, due to the use of these babycarriers."
But, I don't have a link to the research on Inuit populations. Someone at thebabywearer.com must have it. This is a topic that's discussed quite a bit over there. That is the only population-based study I've ever seen. Obviously, more research needs to be done, and all we can do is use what information we have for now to make what we feel is the best decision for our kiddos.