Incorporating babywearing into your daily routine can be truly transformative. As a new parent in our society, where babywearing has not -yet been (re-) established as a norm, you may be facing scrutiny on one hand and lack of guidance on the other, surrounded by an overwhelming offer of various child-rearing tools. Babywearing can assist you in navigating new challenges of parenthood in 6 unique ways that no other practice can match.
1. Keep on parenting hands-free.
Learning how to safely and comfortably wear your baby using various types of carriers or wraps leaves your hands free to attend to other tasks. Multitasking! This can be especially beneficial when you need to do household chores, work from home, or simply want to have your hands available for other activities while still keeping your baby close and comforted. Consider reaching for help and inspiration to your your favorite babywearing consultant if you have any concerns about your comfort or baby’s safety.
2. Move around and navigate easily through different environments.
Whether you're running errands, going for a walk or traveling, using a carrier or wrap can provide you with the unparalleled freedom and flexibility to go about your day with your baby snuggled securely against you.
3. Reduce stress and anxiety.
Carrying a baby in a carrier is an effective way to soothe and calm your baby, which can in turn help reduce your stress and anxiety.
Babies, held close to your body, feel your responsive presence: your warmth, heartbeat, voice, movements, and sense your availability and readiness to comfort them when they need it. The feeling of security and comfort helps babies relax and thrive which in turn immensely improves your comfort and mental well-being.
Babywearing can also help to reduce the risk of postpartum depression, as it promotes the release of oxytocin, the feel-good hormone that is associated with bonding and relaxation.
What more, the invaluable benefit of enhanced mobility can help combat loneliness and separation anxiety that you may as a primary caretaker often experience. You may easily engage in social interactions, participate in activities you enjoy and connect with other adults.
4. Connect with your baby.
By letting your baby feel your warmth, heartbeat, scent and motion as a response to your baby's basic need of security, you create a strong emotional connection and safe space you and your baby need in order to thrive. Not only are you soothing your baby, you are building a strong foundation of your relationship, built on trust and understanding.
5. Stay fit.
Babywearing well done has got a positive effect on both your and your baby’s physical health. To name few, properly using a carrier or wrap can encourage a better posture by distributing the weight of the baby evenly across the body. At the same time it promotes healthy hip development in the infant and may reduce the risk of plagiocephaly (flat head syndrome).
Babywearing allows you to move around freely while keeping your baby close, which can encourage you to be more active throughout the day. Whether you're running errands, doing housework, or going for a walk or travel, having your baby with you can make it easier to stay active and avoid a sedentary lifestyle.
6. Feel Confident and Empowered.
Learning how to carry your baby safely and comfortably can boost your confidence as a new parent. It can help you feel empowered and capable of meeting your baby's needs while also taking care of yourself and managing your daily tasks. Your parenting confidence and the one of your partner can add balance to your relationship and enhance the well-being your family as a whole.
We hope we inspired you to follow your ❤️ and carry your babies!