Benefits of Baby-Wearing
|No matter the design of the carrier you choose, you can rest assuredly that you will make one of the best decisions for your baby just by making the decision to use a sling.
By choosing a baby carrier as your mode for natural portability and comfort, you simultaneously are ensuring that the bond between parent and child stays close and strong, as proven over the millennia by cultures across the globe.
|Encourages Positive Growth
Most mammals born with four legs literally ‘hit the floor running’. Their gestational period ends with their first breath. Human babies are born less developed and naturally have higher needs at birth. Your baby’s gestational period doesn’t end at birth but rather continues for months beyond where nurturing the child to adapt to life outside the womb becomes essential in order to properly regulate your baby’s systems.
You carrier will extend the womb experience and provide a homebase of sorts for your newborn. While in the womb, baby’s systems were organized on autoplay. The parent’s rhythmic walk, heart beat and breathing experienced while being ‘worn’ acts as a pacemaker of sorts that reminds baby to organize and pattern her own functions with yours. Baby-wearing in a sling provides comfort and regulation and adds to the security and warmth so that your infant can focus her energies on positive growth.
|Reduces Premature Infant Mortality
This is especially true for the premature baby where mortality rates decrease by as much as 70% when premature newborns are worn in a sling. The enormous benefits a sling provides to a premature baby was first discovered accidentally out of desperation by care specialists in of South America when hospitals were unable to offer technological incubators. They were forced to use the mother and secured the baby to mom in a sling-like wrap creating an ‘exterior womb’. To everyone’s amazement, the premature infants that were worn throughout most of the day thrived as well as and sometimes even surpassed the growth of the incubated babies!
|Soothes Crying and Colic
Research shows that babies worn for at least 3 hours a day cry 43% less during the day and 51% less at night. Baby-wearing is an ideal preventative measure for more peaceful days and nights.
|Encourages Mental Development
Since worn babies spend less time crying and trying to soothe themselves, they are freed (in their state of quiet alertness) to observe more and to positively interact more. Carried babies are more intimately involved in their parents’ world and are more exposed and engaged in what is going on around them. The brain is stimulated by the inclusion wearing provides and therefore is encouraged to grow and develop. Scientific evidence shows that carried babies demonstrate advanced speech development and enhanced visual and auditory alertness.
|Reduces Incidence of Post-Partum Depression
Studies show that Post-Partum Depression is much less common among mothers who frequently wear their infants. The reason is not entirely known but many speculate that it may be because of a hormonal stimulation baby-wearing provides and because worn babies cry much less.
Better Bonding = Easier Discipline
The deeper the connection between a parent and child, the easier discipline will be in the future. Wearing your infant in a sling is a bonding investment that enhances the connection between you and your baby. Credible research comparing well-connected children with poorly-connected children brings to light that connected children are more secure, settled, trusting, sociable, considerate, co-operative, willing to share, empathetic, sensitive, positive, adaptable, confident, affectionate, persistent, and eager to learn.
|Other Key Benefits:
• Carrying your baby in a sling allows for your hands to be free in order to go about daily tasks.
• Slings are extremely helpful during times when using a stroller would be inconvenient – such as up stairs, through large crowds, narrow aisle ways, or over rough terrain. It is also helpful when frequently transferring to and from the car. It is much easier to slip on a sling than to drag out and unfold the stroller.
• Slings put your baby at the height of people’s faces instead of at their knees therefore encouraging social interactions and development.
• Unlike other frontpacks, slings are useful from infancy through toddlerhood, when little legs get tired of walking.
How to Use a Pouch Sling
|1. Slide your arm opposite the shoulder you'd like the carrier to rest on through the carrier. Adjust the sling so that the label is near your hip.|
|2. Slide the sling over your head so that the carrier is resting on your shoulder with the tacking stitch on top and the label near your opposite hip. Keep the sling 'bunched-up' toward your neck for now.|
|3. Cradle your baby with one arm and open the sling pocket with the other. Lower your baby into the carrier and rest his/her bum on the seam of the sling (near the label). For younger babies, you may place the babies' feet near the seam to achieve a more upright position. For smaller newborns, your baby may be more comfortable with a rolled up towel beneath him or her to boost her position up in the carrier.|
|4. Check to be sure that the fabric between you and your baby is pulled up and your baby is securely nestled in a comfortable position. Spread the sling fabric out across your shoulder to comfortably distribute your baby's weight over your entire shoulder and back.|
|5. Start moving! Babies like to be on the move when becoming accustomed to the feel of a pouch sling. Most babies adjust to the carrier within a week; many much sooner!|