Posted by Mathieu Gosselin on Monday, October 02, 2017 at 09:00
Parents have been wearing their babies for centuries in many cultures. And with all of the psychological and physical benefits that it provides for both the baby and the wearer, it’s no wonder why babywearing is rapidly regaining popularity in many countries.
When you think of babywearing, you probably picture a mother doing chores with her baby all wrapped up in a woven cloth or shawl. The classic woven wrap is still a popular choice today, but there are also many other types and brands to choose from now, such as ring slings, buckle carriers (SSCs), and hybrid carriers (Mei Tai). The wide expansion of carriers has been allowing more and more parents to realize the values of babywearing.
Every year the benefits of babywearing are celebrated and promoted during International Babywearing Week (IBW). This year, we will be celebrating October 2-8 and will be honoring the theme “Threaded Together,” which is inspired from all of the individual threads of our baby carriers being woven together to create a global babywearing community. Much like when we all come together during IBW to spread the benefits and safety tips of babywearing.
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Keep reading and check out the infographic created by MomLovesBest to see how your baby carrier can benefit you and your baby and how to keep your baby safe while wearing them.
Babywearing helps meet your baby’s needs and crave for contact. The love and touch that it provides aids in your baby’s development. Your baby will be more socially engaged and will learn facial expressions and language quicker than if they were sitting in a Pack N’ Play or a stroller.
Studies have also shown that babies who are worn can cry up to 51% less, which in turn promotes better sleep. A true blessing for new, exhausted parents.
Carriers that have a scientifically approved position, such as the ones at Chimparoo, promote healthy development of joints and hips. Babywearing also helps prevent flat head syndrome, promotes weight gain, reduces colic, and stabilizes your baby’s heart rate and temperature.
Parents Love It Too
In some countries, babywearing is a way of life, and there is no way they could get their work done without it. But babywearing provides many more benefits for the wearer than just helping them get more done.
Babywearing has been shown to reduce the risk of postpartum depression, increase milk supply, and burn calories. It’s also a great way for parents to be able to spend more time with their older children and keep those creepy strangers from touching your baby at the supermarket. But the biggest reason to keep your baby close to you is the amazing bond that it develops.
Safety is Priority
As a babywearing community, it is our duty to provide guidelines for safe babywearing practices. One important safety tip is to always follow the rules of T.I.C.K.S.:
Tight: Your baby should be tightly supported enough for a safe ride, but not too tight that it will restrict their breathing.
In view at all times: You should be able to see your baby’s face at all times. You should never have fabric covering their face.
Close enough to kiss: Your baby should be close enough to your chin so that you can easily kiss their head.
Keep chin off the chest: Your baby’s chin should never rest on their chest, as this position can cause breathing restrictions.
Supported back: Baby’s back should be fully supported and never leaning back or sagging away from you.
You should also always check your carrier for any wears or tears before each use, and always bend at the knees and not the hips.
Babywearing is sure to make life a little easier for new parents, but also provides several other benefits for baby and the wearer. Let’s thread together this International Babywearing Week and help spread babywearing benefits and safety tips to as many new parents as we can.
About the Author
Jenny Silverstone is the mother of two, a breastfeeding & babywearing advocate, and a mommy blogger. You can find her sharing her journey through motherhood on her blog - MomLovesBest.com.