What is Babywearing?
We get a lot of new mammas who are new to baby slings coming over to say hi, and learn about this new-fangled concept. Sooo... What is Babywearing?
Babywearing is the practise of carrying your baby in a sling or a carrier. It has in fact been practised for centuries around the world, and has only recently become popular in western countries due to the practise of something called "Attachment Parenting."
This term was coined by a paediatrician called Dr Sears and one of its principles is babywearing, along with breastfeeding, balance in your parenting methods, birth-bonding and understanding your baby's cries.
Advantages of Babywearing
Some of the advantages of babywearing are:
The formation of a close bond between caregiver and baby through skin to skin contact (read more about Oxytocin here)
It can specifically help colic and reflux babies. Keeping the baby upright can help the baby's digestion, preventing painful regurgitation for babies who suffer from reflux. Colicky babies also cry less when they are held close to their mothers chest, as the contact serves as a gentle massage to baby's tummy.
Convenience - we've all been there with the buggy wars around busy shopping centres, nipping everyone else's heels off and other prams nipping your heels off! babywearing allows you the use of both of your hands while also keeping the baby out of harms way, and in that sort of hectic environment your baby will actually prefer to feel safer by being close to you rather than being pushed through masses of people. It also means that you get your hands back to get on with your day!
You are more attuned to your babies expressions and gestures, meaning that you can attend to her needs before she has to resort to crying to make herself heard.
Research shows that babies who were carried more were less likely to be clingy and more likely to be independent earlier.