What is Baby Wearing?
Babywearing is the practice of carrying a child in a form of sling or carrier. Babywearing has been around for centuries in many cultures around the world.
The Benefits of Babywearing:
- Form of transport
- Provides hands free support, whether breastfeeding or doing tasks that require the use of both hands
- Promotes bonding between child and caretaker
- Prevents the risk of positional plagiocephaly (“flat head syndrome”), mainly due to the fact that the child is not placed on their back during the first months of life
- Helps to calm crying and fussiness
- Vertical positioning promotes an optimal digestion path due to the position of the child while in the sling and the body heat of the caretaker
- Promotes earlier social interaction, infants are more likely to see and imitate facial expressions while facing the caregiver at close proximity
- Held babies cry less
There are many different types of carriers out there. Some of the most widely used in this country:
- Ring Slings
- Mei Tai and Asian Style Carriers
- Soft Structured Carriers
Babywearing is a skill. You and your baby will benefit from learning how to use your carrier safely.