Benefits of Babywearing
There are so many benefits to wearing your baby, it truly is the most magical of all parenting tools! Here is a list of some the most significant benefits:
Happy Babies ~ It really is true, carried babies are much more contented in the arms of their carer.
Smarter Babies ~ When content in the comfort of your carrier, babies take on a state of "quiet alertness". They have an advantage of viewing the world from a totally different perceptive, increasing their visual and auditory stimulation and giving them much more opportunity to interact with you.
Emotional and Physical Development ~ The constant contact and reassurance a baby feels while being carried gives them a sense of security that will better prepare them to form secure relationships as they get older.
Research has even shown that premature babies who are touched and held gain weight faster and are healthier than babies who are not.
Confident Carers ~ Being so close to your baby means you can read your babies cues more successfully making you feel more confident in your parenting ability. Every time a baby is able to let us know that she is hungry, bored, or wet without having to cry, her trust in us is increased and her learning is enhanced. This cycle of positive interaction deepens the mutual attachment between parent and child, and is especially beneficial for mothers who are at risk for or suffering from postpartum depression.
Decrease in Post Partum Depression ~ Mothers and Infants both produce higher amounts of oxytocin when they have lots of warm contact with each other.
(For more information on Babywearing and Post Partum Depression, please read this article by Babywearing International: Finding joy in The Little Things)
Building Bonds ~ Babywearing is perfect to help strengthen the bonds between fathers, grandparents, adoptive parents, babysitters, and other caregivers.
SIDS Prevention ~ Babywearing has been shown to stimulate the neurological and respiratory systems thus aiding in the prevention of SIDS. Another advantage is that your baby can nap while being worn, receive constant monitoring and avoid having to lie on her back.
Handsfree Breastfeeding ~ Babywearing while breastfeeding just makes life easier for mum when your little babe just doesn't want to let you go. According to DR Sears "Some babies breastfeed better on the move. As the baby’s whole body relaxes, so do the suck muscles."
Helping with Reflux (or GORD) ~ Keeping a reflux baby upright after feeding is very important for their digestive systems. They need to be held a lot because they can become so uncomfortable and movement helps to calm them down.
Convenience and Freedom ~ You are free to get on with those errands, chores or simply play with your older children. You can fit wherever a pram can't; get up and down those stairs without having to go the long way, get through the farmers market without having to apologize for all the ankles you keep bumping into, stroll to the beach or park, on the bus or train or anywhere there is narrow aisles! Navigating the airport with a baby carrier is a breeze and in my experience, totally essential! And you won't need to be pinned to the sofa every time bub decides to have a snooze!
We hope that babywearing brings some calm into your parenting journey in the same way it has for our family. If you are still unsure, or have any questions we are always happy to help. Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org