September 08, 2015 6 min read
AtGlobal Baby, we're big fans of babywearing for plenty of reasons. It's great to have your hands free while you care for your baby, particularly when trying to get things done around the house or even shopping for groceries. Babywearing is also practical for navigating terrains that aren't suitable for strollers, such as busy cities or mountain trails, and it's a wonderful way to keep your baby close to you. Most babies love being close to their carer; some studies have even shown that babies who are worn tend to cry less. With your baby snug and secure in a carrier, they can cuddle into your body (like a portable hug!). They'll be able to hear your voice and feel your every movement, just like in the womb.
The world of babywearing is vast, and with hundreds of wraps, soft-structured carriers and slings on the market, it can be overwhelming for someone new to babywearing, and particularly for parents whose baby hasn't been born yet, to choose a carrier. Some carriers are quite expensive, too; some of the more beautifully woven wraps can cost upwards of $500. With so many things to cover, it's a little overwhelming to try to write a blog post about babywearing, so I've decided to narrow it down and focus this post on the benefits of babywearing, safe babywearing practices, and a brief overview of the different types of carriers.
Benefits of Babywearing
Babies love movement. In the womb, they hear their mother's heartbeat and her voice and they feel movement as their mum walks around the world. Being 'worn' can mimic the sounds and movements that babies are accustomed to from their time in the womb. The experience in the womb also means that babies are used to confined spaces, which is why they love being swaddled. Many medical professionals and baby experts recommend swaddling as a way to help your baby sleep. A sling, wrap or carrier will mimic the confined feeling of the womb and help your little one recall the calm and relaxed peace they felt there. You must have heard parents say that their baby falls asleep in their arms, but as soon as they put them into their bassinet, they begin to cry. It's safe to say that those parents would really benefit from babywearing!
You can start babywearing when your baby is a few days or even hours old, and many hospitals and birthing centres in New Zealand support babywearing. Also, it's never too late to start! We sell carriers that will support a 20kg child (that's about your average four year old).
It's very important that you follow the TICKS guidelines for safe babywearing, to ensure that your baby's airway is not obstructed, and that they are in a comfortable seated position.
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