Babywearing is the practice of wearing or carrying a baby or child in a sling or other form of carrier. While babywearing has been practiced for centuries around the world, it has experienced a recent resurgence. This is great news for both babies and parents!
Babywearing helps integrate your baby into your daily life. Not only is it practical to wear your baby but it is wonderfully reassuring to know that you are providing the a rich, beneficial environment.
Carrying your baby:
- Creates confident parents. There’s no better feeling than when your baby is calm and content because you have met all their needs.
- Allows you to safely move about with your baby regardless of terrain. You can stroll down uneven sidewalks, narrow lanes, walk up stairs, or climb a mountain.
- Is convenient. Goodbye to the awkwardness of carrying a heavy plastic car seat with one arm!
- Enables better communication between you and your baby without waiting for a cry. You’ll become attuned to her facial expressions and other gestures.
- Provides security with easy access to food, warmth and love.
- Is good for your soul. Babywearing encourages you to get out, exercise and enjoy fresh air.
- Makes discreet nursing possible with no need to find a place to sit.
- Helps you interact with your other children and hold your baby close at the same time. Babywearing is an especially practical, beneficial option for parents with more than one child.
- Allows you to decide who may touch or interact with your baby.
- Aids digestion. The constant motion and upright position eases acid reflux and colic.
- Learn more as they are not overstimulated, but calm and alert, which is the optimum state for nervous system development.
- Are allowed their necessary period of exterogestation which is often overlooked. (The Best Place After the Womb: Exterior Gestation and the Need to Be Held)
- Become independent faster. When your baby feels loved and cared for, they are confident and trust that you will be there to meet their needs. (American Anthropologist research)
- Regulate their own physical responses with better motor skills, coordination, and sense of balance from observing and listening to you. (Research on PubMed)
- Are calmer. When you are close to your baby and can quickly respond to all of her needs there is no reason to be cranky!
- Cry less. Decreased stress hormones from crying means your baby is happier and more peaceful (The American Academy of Pediatrics’ research)
- Get a better view of the world. Babies pushed in strollers or in car seats only get to see the adult world at knee-level.
- Sleep better. Babies fall asleep quicker and sleep for longer periods of time (Harvard University research)
As babywearing has become more popular, sling and carrier options have increased to include countless choices for carrying methods, styles, fabrics and accessories. It can be as simple or as complex as you desire. If you’re new to babywearing, start simple and ask questions. You and your baby will be so glad you did.
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