International Babywearing Awareness 2015 is celebrated Oct 4th - 10th. Baby carriers of various description have been around for thousands of years. Over time people the Modern Western World has come to view Babywearing as some strange way to take your child along with you. It has even been said to be something that only lower income parents do as with the invention of strollers only those with the most money could afford them. America is changing though. Parents and caregivers are starting to work their way back causing babywearing among other natural parenting ideas to gain in popularity once again. How you carry your baby and the type of carrier used varies in every country. In some cultures/tribes babywearing is simply a necessity so the type of carrier one uses can be decided upon based on the carrier's job or the climate where they live.
Babywearing promotes bonding, supports breastfeeding, can help combat postpartum depression, makes caregiving easier, and can be a lifesaver for parents of high-needs children. Carried babies sleep, feed, and grow better. One study found that carried 6-week-olds cried 43% less than other children.
As the mother of a NICU baby myself I understand the importance of keeping our little ones close. With a carrier you can give your little one the benefits of Kangaroo Care and still take care of what you need to once you leave the hospital and return home.
Kangaroo care can help NICU babies
Read more at http://handtohold.org/resources/helpful-articles/the-benefits-of-kangaroo-care/
I recently had babywearing sessions with a few local moms. Even here in our small community babywearing is making a comeback!
Brittany Lindsay is a beautiful mom of 3.
"After I had my third hands free sounded better than ever "
Brittany talked about how she started out with the concept that being hands free would be perfect.
She tried carrying with her oldest child and found the one she tried was not too comfortable for her so she
threw in the towel. After some time and experience she said
" It is so nice to get to snuggle with him even when my hands are busy.
I really wish I had tried different carriers with my first and
not just assumed that none would work just because the first I tried didn't"
Brandy has chosen what is called a SSC or Soft Structured Carrier.
There is something out there for everyone. There are many different brands
and many different price ranges. The options are becoming endless
allowing all caregivers to have this amazing experience.
I love seeing the bond between mother and child. There is nothing else like it!
Medical professionals agree that infants thrive through touch; “wearing” your baby is another way to meet this need. The benefits of babywearing don’t end there … babywearing offers many other advantages, one of which includes:
Confident Parents. A large part of feeling confident as a parent is the ability to read our babies’ cues successfully. Holding our babies close in a sling allows us to become finely attuned to their movements, gestures, and facial expressions. Every time a baby is able to let us know that she is hungry, bored, or wet without having to cry, her trust in us is increased, her learning is enhanced, and our own confidence is reinforced. This cycle of positive interaction deepens the mutual attachment between parent and child, and is especially beneficial for mothers who are at risk for or suffering from postpartum depression. (3) (4)
3 – Pelaez-Nogueras M, Field TM, Hossain Z, Pickens J. (1996). Depressed mothers’ touching increases infants’ positive affect and attention in still-face interactions. Child Development, 67, 1780-92.
4 – Tessier R, M Cristo, S Velez, M Giron, JG Ruiz-Palaez, Y Charpak and N Charpak. (1998) Kangaroo mother care and the bonding hypothesis. Pediatrics 102:e17.
Brandy Flatford is the mother of sweet Isabella
For Brandy babywearing was all about finding what worked for her best.
Being petite she said
"I knew that although she wanted to carry her sweet
baby with her wherever she went that toting the care seat everywhere
was not going to work for me."
Through trying different things she has found that
baby wrapping works best for her. Its lovely to see the interaction between
mother and daughter as if nobody else were around. Their bond is beautiful!
Babywearing also benefits nursing mothers. No matter where they are it allows
mom to feed her baby with the amount of security and discrestion that suits her
and whenever her baby is in need. Nursing, for most, is every 2 hours in the beginning.
Knowing you can care for your child and still take care of older children and/or
other tasks on your to-do list makes it a huge plus!
Medical professionals agree that infants thrive through touch; “wearing” your baby is another way to meet this need. The benefits of babywearing don’t end there … babywearing offers many other advantages, some of which include:
Healthy Babies. Premature babies and babies with special needs often enter the world with fragile nervous systems. When a baby rides in a sling attached to his mother, he is in tune with the rhythm of her breathing, the sound of her heartbeat, and the movements his mother makes—walking, bending, and reaching. This stimulation helps him to regulate his own physical responses. Research has even shown that premature babies who are touched and held gain weight faster and are healthier than babies who are not. (2)
1 – Hunziker UA, Garr RG. (1986) Increased carrying reduces infant crying: A random-ized controlled trial. Pediatrics 77:641-648
2 – “Current knowledge about skin-to-skin (kangaroo) care for pre-term infants”. J Perinatol. 1991 Sep;11(3):216-26.
Find your local Babywearing International Chapter
Their website is filled with information on babywearing and the benefits.
Some I have referenced above with their permission.
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