Some cultures, like the Native Americans, valued babywearing for its simplicity and practicality. It wasn’t complicated to do and it allowed parents to stay in constant contact with their children. It’s hard for children to wander off and get into trouble when you’re wearing them.
Sometimes revisiting old methods of doing things is a smart thing to do. While we wouldn’t want to give up many of our modern medical advancements, like antibiotics, returning to a more natural, less plastic way of life definitely has its appeal.
In honor of International Babywearing Week from Oct. 2 to Oct. 8, Momlovesbest.com has put together an infographic which highlights some of the biggest benefits of babywearing. In celebration of IBW 2017, here are 5 excellent reasons we think you should consider wearing your baby.
1) You’ll meet parents who share your interests
Meeting other cool parents who want to find more natural, simpler ways of doing things is a welcome byproduct of babywearing. When babywearing parents see other parents who prefer to ditch the plastic stroller in favor of strapping their baby on their chest, they want to know them. And when they introduce themselves, great things begin to happen. They share tips, provide encouragement and validation. Having a strong support group is always a good thing when you’re a parent.
2) You can go anywhere
When you push a stroller around outside, you’re pretty limited as to where you can go. Want to go on a mind-clearing walk through the woods? That’s not going to happen because strollers are too hard to navigate through that kind of terrain.
But with a baby carrier, you can go anywhere your feet can take you. Your options are wide open, whether you want to take a wood-chipped trail or a gently sloping hill.
3) You’ll save some money
Strollers are pretty pricey, especially when you factor in how much other baby gear you’ll be buying for your little bundle of joy. Baby carriers don’t cost as much, which can be appealing for parents on a tight budget or those who don’t want to put in extra hours at work away from their babies.
4) Babywearing helps breastfeeding moms
Breastfeeding in public isn’t easy for many reasons. Some moms don’t want to be on display while breastfeeding and they are concerned about privacy. Others can have a hard time getting their baby in the correct position when they’re covering up with a blanket.
Babywearing can address those concerns because your carrier can get your baby in a great breastfeeding position — your baby is already cuddled against your chest when they’re in the carrier. Plus, your carrier can give you some protection from prying eyes. (Najell thinks that you should be able to breast feed where ever you feel comfortable doing so.)
5) Think outside the box as a parent
As you continue on your parenting journey, you’ll need to keep re-examining your values and how you do things. You might find yourself trying new ideas and dumping older ways of doing things. Having an open mind will serve you well as a parent and it also will be setting a good example for your child.
Guest blog written by Jenny Silverstone of momlovesbest.com