Babywearing is a practice that has been around forever. You can go off into the deepest parts of Africa and there you will see a mother wearing her baby. Even in today’s modern world with all it’s technology, mothers still babywear.
Babywearing is the practice of wearing your infant or toddler in a carrier. This carrier can be a wrap, sling, or structured carrier. Babywearing does not mean that you need to wear your baby all day long. In my opinion, wearing your baby even a little bit classifies you as a babywearer. Although you might realize that as you wear your baby that life is just easier when you babywear and the hours might just start adding up.
What is the big fascination with babywearing, you ask? I've come across and experienced many reasons to babywear. Here are just a few of the reasons why I and many others have decided to wear our babies.
15 Reasons to Wear Your Baby
1) Babywearing gives babies a secure environment where they feel warm and safe. If you just spend 9 months in a well protected womb, would you prefer close and warm or being held in the open air…or not held at all?
2) Babies that are held cry less (some research shows up to 40-50% less!) Now of course, you could hold them in your arms but you would have to put them down every time you wanted to do something. Babywearing allows you to hold your baby for longer amounts of time which equals even less crying.
3) Babywearing is great for babies who are fussy, have colic, or reflux. Since baby is in an upright position, close to you, and moving they are happier and spit up less.
4) Wearing your baby helps baby’s physical development. It keeps their heads off hard surfaces like the ground, swings, car seats, etc which sometimes leads to flat heads. Babywearing is also good for hip development so long as you are carrying your baby in a good position (froggy position as infants/seated position when older) and in a good carrier (carriers that allow proper hip placement and sitting position. Not carriers that hold babies by their crotch.)
5) You can breastfeed while babywearing. Talk about a huge timesaver! Plus if you are a pro at it, you can even breastfeed while in public and nobody will even know.
6) Babies who are held get more interaction. People are more apt to interact with your child if they are at eye level. A baby in a stroller or on the floor doesn’t get much coversation.
7) On the opposite side of that, wearing your baby can keep people and their germs away from your baby. This is especially great for newborns. Wearing your baby, generally keeps people from picking them up and playing with your infant.
8) Babywearing is easier on your arms, sholders, and back then just carrying your baby in your arms. Make the task easier on yourself!
9) Wearing your baby allows you to do things! You can do chores, help older kids, go places, get ready for the day, cook, go shopping.
10) It’s easier to get around stores, airports, parks, public transportation with babywearing. Pushing a stroller is hard and sometimes impossible in crowded places. Holding your baby in your arms is better then a stroller but if there’s lots of people around your baby can get bumped easily. Babywearing keeps your baby as close to you as possible making it easy to get through crowds safely.
11) Babywearing is a great way to bond with your baby. The more time you spend with your baby the better you are at understanding them.
12) Wearing your baby is a workout! It’s a great way to lose those pregnancy pounds and stay in shape.
13) There’s no need to wake a sleeping baby or skip naps if you are out and about. Babies (usually) fall asleep easily while being worn and if you are wearing a sleeping baby then you do not need to worry about waking them up if you decide to go somewhere.
14) Allows Dads and caregivers to bond with baby.
15) Reduces postpartum depression. I’m still looking into the exact reason why this is true but my guess is it has to do with the fact that babywearing allows you to still “have a life”, it creates a bond between you and your baby, and your baby is likely to cry less which relieves stress.
There are probably hundreds of other reasons why babywearing is so great. These are just some of the more popular reasons.