The objective of this study is to investigate the influence of different ways of holding babies on physiological load. Eleven undergraduate volunteers participated in the experiment. The experiment variable factors are three ways of hugging : front hig, back hug, and shouldering, and the walking speed of 2 mph and 4 mph by using the treadmill. The Quark Pulmonary system recorded the physiological characters such as : respiratory frequency, tide volume, ventilation volume, oxygen consumption and heart rate. The experiment found that the physiological characteristic of speed walking of 4 mph is significantly higher than those of 2 mph. The experiment data and the participants' objective evaluation showed that physiological load of the back hug and the front hug of babies have higher physiological loads, especially walking in higher speed, we suggest that using back hug in fast walk condition, or using front hug way in general as the suitable way of holding babies.
Anima Indonesian Psychological Journal 21(1), pp.46-52