What are the benefits of babywearing?
Baby carriers are back at Diaper Junction and we're excited to have them back. Babywearing and cloth diapering go hand in hand and both have great benefits for family, mother and child.
So, what are the benefits of babywearing?
Although babywearing has gained popularity in recent years, it is actually a practice that has been around for centuries in this country and countries all over the world. Not only are the advantages of babywearing recognized by mothers worldwide, but also by many health care professionals. Whether you choose a sling, wrap, or carrier, the benefits are the same.
With practice, placing your baby in a sling, wrap, or carrier can be just as easy, if not easier, than unfolding a stroller and strapping them in. Instead of weaving a stroller through crowds and aisles, your baby is safely and comfortably attached to you. There is no need to wait around for an elevator or lug a stroller up a flight of stairs. The best part is that your hands are still free to take care of other children or other tasks. Babywearing can also reduce distractions and allow for discrete breastfeeding in public. But wait - babywearing doesnít just apply to babies! Toddlers also enjoy the comfort and closeness associated with being worn, as well as the prime viewing angle you donít get in a stroller!
Itís Healthy for Baby!
Studies have shown that babies who are worn cry less and sleep better; babies have an innate need to be touched. Premature babies who are worn (known as kangaroo care) have been shown to gain weight faster and are generally healthier than premature babies who are not; kangaroo care can also help regulate babyís breathing and heart rate. Babywearing can also be useful to calm colicky babies and manage babies with reflux. It aids in the development of the vestibular system and the muscular system. Babywearing allows babies to observe their environment with the reassurance that mom is nearby. As a result, it is not only beneficial for physical and mental development, but emotional as well.
Itís Healthy for You!
The health benefits of babywearing extend to mom too! Babywearing is a great way to supplement physical activities with weight-bearing. As previously discussed, research not only suggests that babies who are worn tend to be calmer and happier, but furthermore, moms who babywear report a more confident and positive parenting experience, which can subsequently lead to fewer issues with postpartum depression. When baby is kept close to mom, the production of hormones associated with breastfeeding is increased, which can help establish momís milk supply.
There was nothing quite like the feeling of my tiny new baby held snug against my chest; that same child enjoyed the zoo much more in his carrier on my back than in his stroller as a toddler. And with so many styles and patterns of slings, wraps, and carriers, there is guaranteed to be one that fits your personal style and preference. Many moms consider them an extension of their outfit for the day!
I have only scratched the surface here of the countless benefits that babywearing offer to mom and child. And donít forget, dads can get in on the babywearing action too! Just remember, not all babywearing options are created equal Ė it may take some trial and error to find what works best for you and your baby. But once you do, you may wonder what took you so long to try!
Adrienne Date 7/29/2014
My first was born December 19th and winter here is long and -40 Celsius for 3 or more months. I didn't baby wear with her at all (although in hindsight I could have worn her around the house!). She was colicky! our 2nd is now 2 months and I baby wear her frequently (favorite is the Boba wrap!). She sleeps 8 hours at night, is totally calm and very happy!! Why didn't I do this with #1??
Grace Twilley Date 7/29/2014
Love this post!! Wear all the babies!!
Cindy Garcia Date 7/31/2014
I love the idea of baby wearing! I didn't wear any of my first four, and only wore my 5th when going out. With this child I plan on full time wearing so hopefully I get a decent wrap for cheap because baby wearing can get expensive!
Tabitha Irwin Date 8/1/2014
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Love babywearing ! !
Tracy D Date 8/1/2014
I love love love to wear my daughter! She is so much more content when when she is strapped on me!
Christel Elliott Date 8/1/2014
This post is awesome! I wish I wore my first baby!
Amanda Hopkins Date 8/1/2014
I love wearing my son. We have several slings, wraps and other carriers but he loves the katan style one. I am interested in trying out the BobaAir Baby Carrier you guys now have he might like that one since its light weight!
Ainee ramos Date 8/1/2014
Being able to keep my LO close and be hands free is the best of both worlds!
Amy Date 8/1/2014
I love baby wearing and wore both of mine. It's great for nursing on cue, which is great for baby and maintaining a healthy supply.
ELizabeth W. Date 8/2/2014
I love finding ways to wear my baby. Sadly, my husband is on the opposite side of things. He'd rather take the stroller and wear his snap harness at home only because he thinks my wrap and sling are unsafe.
christine k Date 8/2/2014
I love babywearing! I wish I wore my oldest right away. I tried, but I hated Hated *HATED* the ergo infant insert. I love my ergo, but that insert.. ugh. I didn't get a moby wrap until he was 12 months old, so I was late on that one. I loved it when my youngest was first born, though!
Kelly P Date 8/2/2014
I love baby wearing my boys. I enjoy getting to keep them close, but it helps to keep my older son out of trouble when he gets worn.
Mesha Clay Date 8/6/2014
We are waiting for our little one. But baby wearing is something I am so excited for!
Megan Benson Date 8/7/2014
My son is all about being held, so wearing him while I clean and do stuff around the house helps a lot!
Tessa Date 8/8/2014
Love baby wearing. It's so beneficial, both for convenience and health! Great post :).
Kathryn Date 8/8/2014
My youngest two are 11 months apart and I don't know how I would have made it without babywearing. Depending on the activity, I can wear either one. I also have a wrap so I can wear them at the same time :)
Vicki Gary Date 8/8/2014
I love my wrap! My daughter hates being in the car seat/stroller and flat out carrying her gets exhausting. The wrap is a perfect way for me to carry her without getting overtired and I have my hands free :)
Melissa E Date 8/10/2014
So much snuggliness!
Kim H Date 8/11/2014
I wore both my babies in a homemade Moby. The first because he was so colicky & the second so I had enough hands to take care of my first!
Melissa S Date 8/20/2014
I just had my second baby and the age difference between my children is only 14 months! Babywearing makes ALL the difference for freeing up my hands during the day and being able to tend to both children's needs. Plus, little baby loves sleeping in both the sling and special baby wearing pouch shirt that I have. :)
Ena Date 8/26/2014
I have been baby wearing since my son was about 2 months old and it has been fantastic, if he's fussy it calms his down, and makes it so I can actually get things taken care of around the house. sometimes pacing the house with him in the baby carrier is the only way to get him to relax enough to go to sleep at night.
Bianca Munoz Date 8/30/2014
We love baby wearing.I didn't get wear first but I'm wearing my second and it's awesome!
Erin B. Date 8/31/2014
I did some baby wearing with my daughter. I had a moby wrap. I would love to use it more with the next baby and also invest in a good structured carrier as well!
Mara Davenport Date 12/4/2014
I wish I could get the hang of babywearing but my little guy screams everytime I try to do it!
Juliet Malloy Date 1/2/2015
Loved this article!
Sarah Hayes Date 1/13/2015
i wish I had started sooner. it is such a special bond
Theresa Hover Date 1/22/2015
I'm hoping to do a lot of baby wearing with our first, and I've registered for a wrap (K'tan) but I'm not sure which carrier would be best, Ergo 360 or a Boba or Beco.
katie m Date 2/22/2015
I didn't know babywearing was so beneficial, I just thought it would be more convenient to get things done when our little one is so close to me. Thanks for the article.