BABY WEARING 101
New to baby wearing and wondering what it's all about?
Take a look at our introduction to baby wearing for newborns and toddlers.
BENEFITS OF BABY WEARING for newborns and toddlers
There are many different reasons mothers choose baby wearing. Some enjoy the freedom it gives them to be more mobile than with a pram or carrying baby all the time. Others prefer the closeness they can achieve by being attached to their babies for most of the day. Regardless of your reasons, here are some of the top benefits of baby wearing:
It really is true, carried babies are much more contented in the arms of their carer.
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.
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.
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.
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 apologise 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!
WHEN TO WEAR BABY
You can wear your baby as soon as they are ready to come home with you! As long as you are using a baby carrier suitable for newborns and your baby meets minimum weight/height requirements, it's safe for you to keep baby close in your baby carrier.
Just like any baby product, ensure you know how to use your carrier correctly, and that you follow all safety instructions to ensure your baby is protected.
Some great opportunities to wear baby include:
- Going for a walk in the great outdoors
- Around the house when you're doing some light chores
- Out at the shops (especially when grocery shopping and a trolley is required)
- When chasing after older kids
- On holidays when you're doing a lot of walking around
WHICH ZARPAR BEBê CARRIER IS RIGHT FOR ME?
If you're considering baby wearing, there are a range of options when it comes to carriers. At Zarpar Bebê, we offer two different styles, depending on your preferences.
To learn more about which carrier is right for you, simply click below!
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Our linen Baby Carriers are ergonomically designed with your lifestyle in mind, bringing simplicity to your parenthood journey. We believe our baby carriers help to build strong emotional bonds, bringing you closer to your child while giving you the freedom and confidence to take on daily life. Created for those adventure seekers, helping you to explore and to connect by simply experiencing life together.