Babywearing for Beginners
The benefits of babywearing go well beyond those of having your hands free and calming an upset baby. Medical professionals agree that infants thrive through touch and 'wearing' your baby is another way to meet this need.
Benefits of Babywearing
A Happy Baby Means Less Crying.
Studies show that worn babies cry less. A study published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that babywearing for three hours a day reduced infant crying by 43% overall and 54% during evening hours. We have been led to believe that it is normal for babies to cry a lot, but in other cultures this is not accepted as the norm.
Becoming a parent brings with it self-doubt and so many fears.
Confidence comes with time and with learning your baby. Every infant has specific cues that can be identified and then responded to before the baby becomes frustrated. Wearing your baby close allows you to become finely attuned to his movements, gestures, and facial expressions. Your confidence grows every time you are able to read his cue for hunger, boredom, wetness, etc. Babywearing may also help lessen the risk of postpartum depression.
Premature babies, babies with special needs, and “high needs” babies often enter the world with fragile nervous systems. When a baby is attached to his mother, he is in tune with the rhythm of her breathing and the sound of her heartbeat. This helps him to regulate his own physical responses.
Baby carriers are a great bonding tool for fathers, grandparents, adoptive parents, babysitters, and other caregivers. Baby carriers are beneficial for every adult in a baby’s life. Cuddling up close is a wonderful way for everyone you love and trust to fall in love with your baby!
Comfort and Convenience.
With the help of a good carrier, you can take care of older children or do chores without frequent interruptions. (Bonus: This helps to reduce sibling rivalry.)
Baby carriers are also wonderful to use with older babies and toddlers; you can save your arms and go where strollers can’t - climbing stairs, hiking, and navigating crowded airports all can be done with ease when you use a baby carrier.
How to Wear Your Baby
You want to avoid your child being dangled by their pelvis. This can cause hip dysplasia and lifelong damage. A breakdown of correct babywearing by a baby’s age by Babywearing International: