Wear Your Baby?!

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Babywearing is the practice of wearing or carrying a baby in a sling or other type of carrier.  One benefit is for parents to feel closer to their babies.  This can lead to easier breastfeeding and calmer babies.  The rhythm of the parent when walking will have a soothing effect on the baby which will reduce crying.  It provides a sense of security and trust between the baby and carrier.

Babywearing frees up both hands so you can do other things such as shopping, household chores, and tending to other children.  It is proven that babywearing is easier on the back and shoulders than holding baby in your arms because the baby’s weight is more evenly distributed.  There is also evidence that babywearing can lower the risk of SIDS, behavioral disorders, and postpartum depression.

The safety of babywearing relies on you.  The most important thing in carrying a baby is limited head control.  When wearing the baby, make sure the carrier is tight and that the baby’s face is in view.  The baby should be close enough to kiss.  It’s also important to make sure the baby’s back is supported and that his or her chin is off their chest.

There are many different types of babywearing carriers.  You'll want to look for size, easy adjustment, comfort, and cost.  Take the take time to figure out which is best for you.

Wraps – Consist of pieces of material that differ in length.  If you want to wear a wrap in many different ways, this is a good choice for you.

Mei Tais – Soft body carriers that tie at the waist with straps that wrap around the baby and tie.  You are able to put this on faster and it has adjustable straps.

Buckle – A soft-bodied carrier that buckles at the waist and has shoulder straps.  This is a simple carrier that doesn’t involve long fabrics or straps.

Woman in field carrying baby in wrap

Ring Slings – One-shoulder carrier with material that is threaded through a ring.  This is a quick and compact carrier option. 

Pouches – Pieces of fabric sewn in a loop that form a pouch for the baby to “sit” in.  Quick and compact.

Baby Bjorn – A manufactured, cotton carrier in various sizes.

Additional benefits of babywearing:

  • It’s convenient
  • It can be a bonding tool for fathers and grandparents
  • Promotes physical development in the child
  • A safe place that is economical

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