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Nurture Your Baby Through Baby Wearing

May 04, 2020 01:22PM ● By Shelly Gaddis

By: Shelly Gaddis 

Baby carriers are an important tool in any parent’s toolbox. Today, there are a variety of baby carriers available that can meet every caregiver’s style. The carrier you choose will be dependent on a variety of factors such as family dynamics & lifestyle, cost and intended use. If you aren’t sure if babywearing is the right decision for your family, below are a few facts about babywearing for you to consider. 

  • Worn Babies Cry Less 

  • Studies as early as 1986 provided parents with a carrier and were told to wear their baby 3 extra hours per day at various states (fussy, sleepy, happy, etc) not just when crying. The results reported that the babies that were worn more time cried 43% less than the other babies…they cried 54% less during the evening hours! 

  • Worn Babies Learn More 

  • In kangaroo carry, baby has a 180 degree view of their environment and can scan their world, choosing what to look at, which is the very beginnings of the decision making process in their world. 

  • Worn Babies Instill Confidence 

  • Parents can be pro-active with their child’s needs. Babies are close enough that caregiver can see the breathing and can watch for feeding cues. When baby is close to caregiver, then they can demonstrate to baby that they will meet their emotional and physical needs before baby has to raise heart rate and emotional instability. 

  • Worn Babies Can Recreate the Womb Environment 

  • When babies are able to be worn, it helps to recreate the womb environment to automatically regulate their systems. Attachment researchers all agree that in order for a baby’s emotional, intellectual and physiological systems to function optimally, the continued presence of the mother is a necessary regulatory influence. 

  • The familiar rhythm, which is imprinted on baby’s mind in the womb, now appears in the “outside womb” and calms the baby. As baby places her ear against her mother’s chest, mother’s heartbeat reminds baby of the sounds of the womb. The benefits of babywearing “remind” the baby of this and continues the motion and balance enjoyed in the womb. 

  • Worn Babies Can Bond with Caregivers 

  • Carriers are a great bonding tool for fathers, grandparents, babysitters and other caregivers. Carriers are beneficial as they allow baby to cuddle up close and forge a strong attachment and let the baby get to know the caregivers voice, movements and facial expressions.