Babywearing: 8 Reasons To Wear Your Baby

While it might seem like the latest trend in the babysphere, babywearing is anything but a new parenting trend. Since the dawn of man (and woman), human mums have strapped their babies close to their bodies. However, in recent years, some research has put across the view that carrying your baby too much may lead to them being clingy or demanding. In fact, many modern studies have shown a very different view. In addition to feelings of security and good self esteem there are a whole host of good reasons to wear your baby.

Babywearing benefit #1: Less crying

Ever wondered why babies in carriers always seem so peaceful? According to studies physical contact between you and baby helps to regulate baby’s stress levels. In fact, one study showed that babies worn for at least 3 hours a day cried 43 percent less during the day and 54 percent less during the night [1]. If that’s not an incentive, we don’t know what is.

Babywearing benefit #2: It’s great for bonding

Aside from breast milk, the one thing your baby needs above all else is physical contact, which is why using a baby carrier in the early days, and indeed later on, is a great way to create closeness. Being close enough to kiss, smell and touch your baby allows you to make subconscious connections throughout the day, which is an essential part of bonding. [2]

Babywearing benefit #3: It can be used as an alternative to tummy time

Wouldn’t it be great if you could skip tummy time altogether? Unfortunately it’s a vital part of baby’s development, as it helps to build muscle strength and give baby greater head control [3]. However, some research suggests babywearing can be used as an alternative. One theory is that babies carried in upright carriers are constantly using their trunk and neck muscles, which helps to build up strength in the same way that tummy time does.

Babywearing benefit #4: It’s great exercise

When you first start with a weight-loss workout plan you begin with lighter weights and slowly increase them. It’s the same principle with babywearing. As your body adjusts to carrying baby around, she’ll gain more weight and up the ante of your workouts.

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Babywearing benefit #5: It’s a bonding tool for fathers

Dads often feel unable to compete with the bond that mum and baby share, so babywearing is a great way to enhance their connection. Dad looks, feels and smells different, and as he carries baby, she’ll begin to associate those features with a feeling of safety, comfort and closeness.

Babywearing benefit #6: It promotes physical development

In their book, The Attachment Parent Book, Dr. Bill and Martha Sears explain that babywearing enables babies to exercise their vestibular system, which in turn helps babies to ‘breathe and grow better, regulates their physiology, and improves motor development’.

Babywearing benefit #7: It may stimulate speech development

The jury is out on this one, but some research suggests there is a link between babywearing and enhanced speech development. What we do know is that babywearing mums involve their babies in everyday conversation, which could potentially promote baby’s early speech development.

Babywearing benefit #8: It’s fun

Babies love to be up at eye level, as it enables them to feel more a part of your life and involved with those around you. It’s also fun for you. After all, who doesn’t love to cuddle a precious little baby.

1. Hunziker UA, Garr RG. (1986) Increased carrying reduces infant crying: A randomized controlled trial. Pediatrics 77:641-648
2. Ludington-Hoe SM, Swinth JY. (1996). Developmental aspects of kangaroo care. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 25, 691-703
3. Stein MT (2007). Infants need daily “tummytime” for early motor development. Journal Watch Pediatrics and AdolescentMedicine.

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