Eight years ago when my first child was born, I had never heard the term “babywearing.” Attachment parenting was not on my radar and I was just a young twenty something first time mom trying my best to wade into the waters of motherhood without drowning.
Someone had given me a Snugli carrier as a hand me down, but it got tossed into a closet for quite awhile because I didn’t really know what I should do with it. Then one day when I was trying to get some housework done around our little apartment and my daughter was particularly fussy, I decided to give the carrier a test spin. I was amazed at how much I could accomplish while also keeping baby content! From that moment on, I was sold.
I still didn’t know much about babywearing at that point, but my curiosity had been piqued and my adventure had begun! As I learned more, I loved to share with friends who were having babies about all I had discovered. This introductory post to this five day series will (hopefully) provide you with some of that basic information. I want to give you a brief outline of what babywearing is and why it is beneficial to both you and your child.
What is Babywearing?
Babywearing is the practice of carrying your infant or child in close proximity to your body using a soft carrier made of varying types of cloth. It is a very natural and universal way for parents to keep their children close while freeing arms and hands to perform daily tasks. It is also a helpful way to transport children without the bulk and heaviness of most traditional devices like strollers.
While carrying babies in this fashion is becoming more and more mainstream, it isn’t a new concept. Mothers across the globe have used simple carriers made from cloth to tote their babies around in for ages. It is mainly a very practical way to care for baby while going through the motions of your day to day activities.
Benefits of Babywearing
As mentioned above, wearing your baby frees your hands to perform your daily tasks and responsibilities. You can wash dishes, vacuum, take a walk, mow the lawn, tend to other children, teach homeschool lessons, fold laundry, and do many other things while baby rides in a carrier. Busy moms know all too well how difficult it can be to hold a baby on a hip and still accomplish necessary chores.
- Developmental Encouragement
When baby is up close to his/her loved ones, they can spend more time observing things like facial expressions, vocal inflections, and sound and word formation while speaking. All of this helps them learn about communication, which in turn aids in them figuring out the complexities of beginning to interact with others themselves.
Children who realize from a young age that their caregivers are present when they are in need will feel safe and have a firm sense of trust towards their parents.
- Content Little Ones
Why wouldn’t your child be happy when they are snuggled close to their loved ones? In general, babies who are worn in carriers will cry and fuss less. Babies who need a little extra soothing (colic, premature, teething, etc.) can spend their time feeling snug with their parent rather than uncomfortable alone.
Holding your baby close to you will encourage both of you to grow close to one another emotionally as well.
- Encourages Breastfeeding
Nursing on demand can be difficult at times when there are other responsibilities to attend to throughout the day. With baby in a carrier, it’s relatively simple (depending on the carrier) to provide feedings while still going about your day.
If you’ve ever lugged around one of those big infant car seats, you will definitely appreciate the ease that baby carriers bring to transporting your child. Leave the stroller in the trunk at the park, ditch the bulky seats when you go shopping, and put that baby in to a sling or wrap!
Babywearing is a fantastic and comfortable way to parent your child. I’m looking forward to sharing more about it throughout the week!
Did you wear your babies? What was your favorite part about it?
Day 2: A Guide to Baby Carrier Styles
Day 3: The Dos and Dont’s of Babywearing
Day 4: The Ultimate Guide to FREE Baby Carrier Tutorials
Day 5: Babywearing in the Summer (and a review of the Beachfront Baby Wrap)
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