The Benefits of Babywearing

June 19, 2009 at 1:08 am Leave a comment

babywearingThis is a guest post from a colleague, Meredith Walker,  from Houston, Texas.

Cultures around the world enjoy the benefits of babywearing, constructing special slings to keep babies close to a parent and feeling safe. For all those out there who haven’t tried babywearing, it’s easy to get started and reap the benefits it has to offer to both parent and child.

For the child, babywearing can reduce the amount of stress and crying, some studies have shown a reduction of up to 54%, especially in the evening when many babies are tired and fussy. Closeness to parents also promotes a sense of security and trust. While it may seem counterintuitive, these children often develop a sense of independence at an earlier age. It may also be a great way to help your newborn adapt to life outside the womb, keeping your baby close to your body and in a safe, womb-like environment.

Parents can also enjoy the benefits of babywearing. Because your baby is close at hand, you can go about your business around the house, cooking dinner, doing chores and keeping with your routines all while providing your baby with a safe and stimulating place. Women who are breastfeeding can also take advantage of this positioning, holding the baby in the right location for hands-free feeding. Better yet, moms and dads won’t have to worry about lugging around a stroller everywhere they go, as they’ll have a great carrying device on their bodies already.

Babywearing may not be for everyone but parents owe it to themselves and their children to give it a try. You may find that it has more to offer than you realized, making your child happier and your life easier.

Meredith Walker writes about the top nursing schools.  She welcomes your feedback at MeredithWalker1983@gmail.com.

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