Benefits of babywearing - for the baby
The benefits of carrying your child are countless for both you and the baby. It’s a natural way for the baby to be close to the parents and the child feels more secure and happy. Babywearing helps build a stronger bond between the parents and the baby. Read on to learn about all the wonders of babywearing.
Our ultimate goal. As parents, we all share the ambition to have and raise happy children. Whatever we think that means, and how we think we can achieve it, in the short run and in the long run. Babywearing can make babies happier. Parents who have tried it know it, and studies confirm it. A study, made at Montreal University in 1985, showed that babies that were carried at least three hours a day, cried and fussed 43% less than the ones that were not carried. So if you haven’t tried it yet, you definitely should.
Learning and stimulation
When your baby spends less time crying, there is more free time to explore and learn. As carrying your child generates in more happiness, your baby is more content and able to interact with the environment. A baby that is quiet and alert, allows you to interact and talk with your child. Babies learn by watching faces and carrying you baby provides the optimal position for you and your baby to connect and explore the world together. Carried babies become participants in their parents’ world and are automatically more exposed to and involved in everything that is going on.
Bonding and security
When you carry your baby in a baby carrier, it reminds your baby of the time in the womb. Feeling the heartbeat and the familiar rhythm when you are walking while carrying. The baby senses the parent’s heartbeat and rhythmic breathing, when you carry him or her close to you. That provides the baby with a sense of security and familiarity. You are in constant contact with your baby, both physically and emotionally. Strengthening the bonds between you.
Babywearing can help a colicky baby ease the symptoms and will help you both manage. Although there is no evidence to show that it reduces colic- if you have experienced having a baby with colic, you know that a colicky baby usually likes to be carried and prefers rhythmic rocking - all the time. This can soon make you exhausted and a baby carrier can be a lifesaver. Carrying your baby in an upright position has been shown to have a soothing effect, as well as the rhythm when you walk around, wearing your baby. Feeling the closeness of a parent, when being carried will ease discomfort and calm your baby.
If you are unsure of how to start with a baby carrier or even how to get the positioning in a place where you feel confident, read out T.I.C.K.S babywearing guide.