I’m Going To Be A Babywearing Mama
by Olivia Cagle
So, do any of you out there do the babywearing thing? I have never done that before…my youngest is 16 right now so all the talk about Babywearing is new to me! I have to admit, I’m a little confused by all the wraps that are out there and I’m not too sure I will know how to tie it securely on! But after researching about it, I’m sold on the idea of it! I thought I would list some of the benefits of babywearing just in case you are like me and it’s all new to you.
A Few Benefits Of Babywearing
- Wearing a baby is convenient: By wearing your baby you can clean your house easier or do daily activities hands free. Also, if you are at the mall or around a crowd of people, you don’t have to worry about if a stroller or car seat is going to bump into anyone or if it will fit through a tight squeeze.
- Babywearing can help you lose weight: As you walk around wearing your baby, you will have the added benefit of extra weight. This will help you burn more calories in the day.
- Sling babies cry less: Anthropologists who travel throughout the world studying infant-care practices in other cultures agree that infants in babywearing cultures cry much less. Babies seem more content when snuggled up.
- Sling babies learn more: If infants spend less time crying and fussing, what do they do with the free time? They learn! Sling babies spend more time in the state of quiet alertness . This is the behavioral state in which an infant is most content and best able to interact with his environment. It may be called the optimal state of learning for a baby. Researchers have also reported that carried babies show enhanced visual and auditory alertness.
- Mom and Baby are both happier: Mothers’ oxytocin is increased through physical contact with the infant, leading to a more intimate maternal bond, easier breastfeeding and better care, thus lowering the incidence of postpartum depression and psychosomatic illness in the mother; similarly, the father carrying the baby has benefits for the paternal bond. Infants who are carried are calmer because all of their primal/survival needs are met. The caregiver can be seen, heard, smelled, touched, tasted, provide feeding and the motion necessary for continuing neural development, gastrointestinal and respiratory health and to establish balance (inner ear development) and muscle tone is constant.
I think those are some pretty good reasons to give babywearing a try! So, I will no longer be a car seat carrying mama but a babywearing mama! Woohoo, I’m excited! 🙂
Are you confused about babywearing and don’t know where to start? I found some excellent blog posts over at Stacey Makes Cents that have videos to show you how to wrap and the different kinds you can use. Since I’m not the expert on this, I thought I would share her expertise with you! Here are the posts I think you will find helpful:
I hope those will help you decide if it’s right for you and take some of the confusion away!
Do you have any great ideas to share about Babywearing?
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