In recent years, babywearing has become popular again, thanks to carrier companies making more ergonomic (and cute!) baby carriers. Many people think it’s a new trend, but prior to the 1900’s, babywearing was, by far, the norm. Drawings have depicted women wearing their babies on their backs, as much as 50,000 years ago! But, why?
Studies have found babywearing to be INCREDIBLY beneficial for both babies, and mamas!
-In a study published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers found that babywearing for three hours a day reduced infant crying by 43% overall and 54% during evening hours!
-When a baby rides in a sling attached to their mother, they are in tune with the rhythm of her breathing, the sound of her heartbeat. This stimulation helps them to regulate their own physical responses.
-Holding our babies close in a carrier allows us to become finely attuned to their movements, gestures, and facial expressions. Every time a baby is able to let us know that they are hungry, bored, or wet without having to cry, their trust in us is increased, their learning is enhanced, and our own confidence is reinforced. This cycle of positive interaction deepens the mutual attachment between parent and child, and is especially beneficial for mothers who are at risk for or suffering from postpartum depression/anxiety.
If you have any questions about babywearing, or which carriers are right for you, please feel free to drop a comment on this blog, or contact me.
(Pictured, is one of my clients, Rachael, and her son, Remy, using a Boba carrier. This was their very first “up”, which I was so happy to help with! Just look at how comfy he is!)