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. Keep reading to discover the many advantages of baby wearing.
THE BENEFITS OF WEARING YOUR BABY
When baby is born, the world seems like an awfully busy, loud and bright place! In utero, babies are used to hearing mom’s heartbeat and are soothed by the dark, warm environment. Baby wearing brings that closeness back for both mother and child, strengthening the bond in this difficult transitional period.
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. This creates a close bond between 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 baby wearing 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 when in a stroller, baby wearing allows them to view the faces of everyone around them. This helps 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 baby wearing together!
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