What it is and how it works
Babywearing is the practice of keeping your baby close and connected to you as you engage in your daily activities. Babywearing has been an essential part of child rearing in many cultures for centuries. It is now growing in popularity in Western cultures. For infants, baby carriers make the transition from the womb to the outside world – easier. Close contact keeps your baby near your beating heart and continues the constant motion they experienced in the womb. Babywearning gives you and your little one a special connection while you go about your daily activities. Babywearing can be practiced by all caregivers – Mom, Dad, grandparents, siblings, nannies, nurses, doulas – anyone who cares for your newborn. There are plenty of options when selecting a carrier. You have the option of using wraps, ring slings, pouch slings, mei tais, or the buckle carrier. You’ll find the one that works best for you and provides comfort for you and the baby.
The Benefits of Babywearing: • • • • • • •
Promotes bonding Supports breastfeeding Can aid in postpartum depression Makes caregiving easier Promotes sleep Promotes a paternal bond Parental rhythms (walking, heartbeat, etc.) can have a soothing effect on infants, making them calmer • Reduces crying • Allows the wearer to have 2 free hands to do daily tasks • An upright position is great for babies with reflux
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