Carrying a Baby and Its Advantages
Carrying a Baby is Comfortable and Forms a Bond!
With hundreds of baby carriers to choose from, it can be a daunting task to pick just one. Styles range from backpack-type carriers to a very long, stretchy piece of fabric to slings: its enough to make your head want to explode! However, regardless of what type of carrier you decide is best for you and your little one, there are a few universal benefits of wearing a baby.
When baby is born, the world seems like an awfully busy, loud and bright place! In utero, they are used to hearing mom’s heartbeat constantly and being soothed by the dark, warm environment. Babywearing brings that closeness back for both mother and child, strengthening the bond in this difficult transitional time. The few months after baby is born have often been called “the fourth trimester,” and with good reason! As both mother and baby adjust to their new schedule and lifestyle, babywearing allows for bonding with minimal effort. Furthermore, dad, grandma, and even a caregiver can wear baby, too, allowing for a close bond to be created with baby and everyone who loves them. As an added bonus, wearing a baby allows for easy and discreet breastfeeding on the go: studies have even shown that babywearing increases milk production! Developmentally, wearing a baby also allows your little one to discover the world from a safe and secure place, encouraging exploration. Since baby is held at a higher level than a stroller, babywearing allows them to view the faces of everyone around them, helping them to develop strong emotional interpretation skills.
Remember, while choosing a carrier can be a daunting task, as long as baby is worn close to your body in a healthy position, you and your child will reap the benefits of babywearing together!