Hello, my name is Jennifer Taylor from MomTricks, and I’m here to spread the word about babywearing, which is a wonderful practice that’s been around for thousands of years.
International Babywearing Week is a week-long, world-wide celebration of babywearing, and this year it runs from October 2nd to October 8th.
There are so many benefits to babywearing both for baby and mom and dad. It’s no secret why so many parents are opting for this mobile parenting option.
1. Babywearing Can Help Baby Cry Less
Studies show that babies that are held often cry less often. In fact, sometimes babies cry for no reason at all other than wanting to be held. This can be emotionally tiring for mom and dad and stressful for the baby. When the dishes pile up, the laundry needs to be folded, or everyday tasks are constantly neglected, the parent may feel pressured to let the baby cry while they clean house.
However, with a sling or carrier, mom and dad can continue with most of their household chores uninterrupted while keeping baby close and comfortable. Some studies even suggest that holding your baby often can help them sleep better at night.
2. Babies Form Better Bonds With Mom and Dad
Keeping your baby close to you can help your baby form an attachment to you more easily. Your baby will learn to rely on you and feel comfort when you are around. This can help relieve baby’s stress and calm baby in difficult situations. If your baby relates your presence to comfort, even usually stressful tasks like diapering or going to the doctor can become painless and easy for both baby and parent. Wearing your baby close to your chest can help you and baby build a stronger bond, develop trust, and ease both baby’s and parents’ worry.
3. Babywearing Can Help Mom Breastfeed Baby
It’s no secret that breastfeeding can be difficult and time consuming. Sometimes, this makes moms want to give up and opt for formula feeding. For moms who believe that breastfeeding is the best option, this can make them feel a sense of failure or worry for their baby’s health.
However, it’s possible to use your wrap or sling to position your baby so that they can breastfeed freely without having to be held. This means that mom can be more patient with her baby and try to feed more frequently, without neglecting other tasks. Using a sling can make breastfeeding simple and hands-free, saving time and energy, and help Mom achieve her breastfeeding goals.
4. Babywearing is Physically Good For Both Babies and Parents
Some studies suggest that using a sling or wrap is good for the physical development of young children and babies. This may be because the way the baby is positioned and supported in a sling or wrap is similar to the way the baby is positioned in the womb. Carrying your baby in an upright position closely pressed against your body can massage the baby, calming them and promoting good digestion. Babywearing allows baby to be held in a much healthier position than when lying or reclining in a seat.
Babywearing can be physically good for mom and dad as well. Adding a little extra weight to every day tasks can help build muscle and correct posture and may even help Mom shed some of those extra pregnancy pounds.
5. Babies May Develop Better and Faster
Babywearing is a unique experience for mom and dad, but also for the baby. Being held at eye level while the parent continues normal tasks helps the baby to experience new things it would not otherwise experience until later in life. For instance, while you are washing the dishes, brushing your teeth, or drinking from your water glass, the baby is getting a first-hand, up-close view of the activity.
Babies like to mimic people, especially mom and dad. Babywearing provides babies the opportunity to see and learn basic tasks at a very young age, which may help them develop at a much quicker rate than if they are sitting in a chair or lying in their playpen often.
6. Mom and Dad Get More Done
Parenting is hard. Sometimes, especially when baby is being very demanding of mom and dad’s time and attention, everyday tasks can seem monumental. A neglected task quickly turns into an entire list of things that need to be done, which can easily stress out any parent.
With a sling, wrap, or carrier, there is no need to neglect most simple tasks. This can allow mom or dad to easily multitask, caring for baby while also staying on top of their to-do list. You can use your sling while doing almost any simple task, allowing you to hold baby close while folding laundry, checking the mail, or feeding the dog.
7. Babywearing Isn’t Only For Babies
The term “babywearing” can insinuate that you can only carry your baby at a very young age. This is not the case. In fact, some slings and carriers allow you to carry children up to 50 pounds. This means you can carry your baby even when he or she is a toddler.
This can be incredibly convenient during those walking stages when baby may be too curious or active to sit still in a seat. Walking through the grocery store or visiting a zoo is an easy task while wearing your toddler and can help keep your child entertained and engaged, avoiding those fussy tantrums during the “terrible twos.”