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.
It’s not easy to choose the right baby carrier. When I found out I was expecting, one of the first things that sprang to mind was babywearing. In my head I saw myself strolling effortlessly with my newborn strapped against me, close enough to kiss and cuddle. A romantic notion indeed, but as it turns out, as well as being idyllic, there are also numerous benefits to ‘wearing’ your baby. Modern research shows that it’s a wonderful way to bond and that the physical and psychological benefits encourage children to feel secure and content.
No surprises then that when I started my baby shop-a-thon (about a week after that thin blue line came into my life) the first thing I decided to invest in was a carrier. However, the world of baby carriers is a complicated one. There seems to be a new one, well, born every minute, and the glut of options can make it difficult for an inexperienced babywearer to know which style or brand is the best buy.