Babywearing is the act of carrying your little one on your body by means of a carrier. It may be through attaching a sling around your body or wrapping a piece of fabric.
You’ve probably heard about the benefits of carrying your baby around and keeping them close to you. Do you need this type of carrier? Can you handle it? Here are the advantages and considerations.
Babywearing is a convenient way to carry your baby around
Are you going to travel? Babywearing may save you a lot of energy from carrying and holding multiple items. Have some household chores but can’t do them while also looking after your newborn? Wrap a sling around your body and put your baby in there. Convenience is one of the obvious benefits of babywearing as it helps you move around more freely.
Babywearing helps reduce infant cries
One study has revealed that babywearing helps reduce the frequency of infant crying. It is a known fact that keeping your child closer to you promotes parent-child bonding, allowing a parent to get more used to the signs that their child gives whenever he needs something. Babywearing also allows for more opportunities for eye contact. Another study highlighted that eye contact helps synchronise a child’s brain waves with their parent, which also strengthens the bond between them.
It lessens risk of flat head syndrome
A flat spot on babies’ heads can occur if they are constantly on their backs, such as when sleeping, in car seats, or prams. Aside from doing tummy time to avoid the flat head syndrome, babywearing is another hassle-free option. Your baby will also get a bit of exercise by moving the neck and arms.
Breastfeeding mums benefit from it too
Skin-to-skin contact between mum and child triggers the production of oxytocin, the hormone that helps boost milk supply. Babywearing is one way to maintain close contact with your child, which in turn, helps breastfeeding mums produce milk.
Consider your current needs when choosing a carrier
Babywearing your newborn may require a different type of carrier from when you’re babywearing a one-year-old. Depending on your child’s weight, you may need to consider using a baby wrap, which is more advisable for newborns because it’s more lightweight. However, as your little one becomes heavier, you’ll need a carrier that provides more support not only for your child, but for your back as well.
Be more mindful when babywearing
Just because your child is wrapped around your body doesn’t mean they’re fully safe there. Some safety tips to consider when you wear your baby include making sure they can breathe—the wrap or fabric should not be blocking the face. When leaning forward, offer head support and ensure there’s no space between your body and the baby’s. Most importantly, always check if the fabric of your carrier does not have any loose stitching or if the buckles and harnesses are properly locked.