I bet some of you are thinking what the heck is babywearing? Well, babywearing
is the act of wearing or carrying a baby or child in a sling or other form of carrier.
Babywearing has been practiced for decades all over the world, however in
the last few years it has certainly gained popularity due to the rising interest in
attachment parenting and the philosophies of Dr. Sears.
Babywearing has many benefits for both the caregiver and the child. These
include allowing the parent or caregiver to have two hands free to go about their
daily duties and/or tend to other children while continuously meeting the needs
of the child. Studies have shown that children who are worn tend be calmer,
more secure, independent and socially developed than children who have not
been worn. When a child is carried in a sling or other carrier, their caregiver can
be seen, heard, smelt and touched at all times. This, along with the rhythm of a
parent’s heartbeat, is shown to have a soothing and balancing effect on infants.
By carrying your child, they begin developing socially earlier by studying facial
expressions, learning languages and they are able to become familiar with body
language. Children who are carried are able to interact with other people much
more easily than children who are in a stroller or car seat.
When a child’s primal/survival needs are met, they are able to form a stronger
more secure bond with their parent/caregiver, providing them with the opportunity
to become independent children.
Now that I’ve covered some of the benefits, lets talk about the different options
you have when babywearing.
There are 5 main types of carriers – pouch slings, ringslings, mei tais, soft
structured carriers and wraps. Please join us in the forums to learn more about all these carriers and see pictures of various ways to use them. http://forum.waterloo-moms.ca/showthread.php?t=6679