What is Baby Wearing?
Babies are born with an instinct to cuddle and be held. During pregnancy, the womb is a place of warmth and constant human contact where your baby hears your heartbeat continually. Once they are born, there is a massive change to this environment and it is no wonder they seem to sleep most peacefully when they are being held. Unfortunately colonial tradition seems to prevail in our society where you often hear sayings like, “You will make a rod for your own back if you hold her too often!” Thankfully there is a change beginning to happen as parents are returning to what is known as natural parenting, which basically means you follow your instinct as to what is best for your baby.
Baby wearing is not a new concept – it is the centuries-old, universal notion of simply holding or carrying a baby or young child using a fabric baby carrier, pouch or sling. The practice frees up hands to continue with your daily tasks, while keeping the little one very near by, but also comforts and soothes a fussy child as it is very close to mommy, daddy or the caregiver. We are not saying that your baby should never be put down, but rather that when your baby is in need of a cuddle, “wearing” your baby will enable you to so without putting your whole day on hold. As tempting as it may be to spend all your time cuddling a newborn, baby wearing allows you to get stuff done and still keep baba close by.
Benefits for Baby:
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