Benefits of Babywearing

By Anita Lincolne-Lomax on 23 November 2017

"There is nothing in the world that compares to having your baby in your arms – the feeling of your sleeping child against your chest, the sweet smelling downy head under your nose. These are moments every parent holds dear in those early newborn days."

What is Babywearing?

‘Babywearing’ – the use of baby slings and carriers – allows a busy parent the freedom to continue their normal daily routine while providing the richest and most nurturing environment for their child. So, what are the advantages of babywearing?

Happy, Calm and Content

After birth, a baby will feel reassured by the familiarity of a parent’s heartbeat, body temperature, body smell and breathing patterns that smooth out the transition from womb to world. A randomised controlled test report in Paediatrics showed that carrying babies reduces crying and fussiness 43% during the day and 51% at night.

Ideal Learning Environment

A happy baby is quiet and alert. Babywearing offers baby the optimum position to experience the richness of the new world around them within the safety of a parent’s arms.

Sweet Dreams

Being carried for extended periods encourages baby to distinguish external cues that help to develop circadian rhythms. Babywearing promotes deeper, longer and more peaceful sleep cycles, vital for brain maturation.

Physical Development

The act of touching a baby stimulates growth hormones and the vestibular system. This stimulation regulates a baby’s physiology, promotes respiration and increases cardiac output and circulation.

Stronger

Developmental neurologists have discovered that the child of a mother who moves every day while pregnant shows clear developmental advantages, just as a carried child develops greater physical and nerve strength.

Fast Food

Babywearing offers constant and easy access to an infant’s food source, the mother’s breast. The increased skin to skin contact enjoyed by babywearers also stimulates breast milk supply.

Helps Digestion, Relieves Colic

Baby slings and carriers afford a baby an upright position that promotes digestion. A baby’s acupressure points for digestion and sleep are located on the belly and the lower insides of the thighs. These points are automatically massaged through babywearing.
 

With examples found across every age and culture, baby slings and carriers are the world’s most ancient parenting tools, respecting a baby’s biological need for physical closeness and a parent’s functional need to be hands-free.

~ ~ ~

About the Author

Anita Lincolne-Lomax is the Director of Babes in Arms, a babywearing specialist and advocate, and dedicated mother of four.

Post a comment

Your email is required, but will not be published
Please enter your name
Please enter your email
Please enter your comment

Comments

Post a comment

Your email is required, but will not be published
Please enter your name
Please enter your email
Please enter your comment

Comments