When I became a first-time mom, baby carriers were never on the top of my shopping list but now, 3 kids later, I can’t imagine my life without a baby carrier.
It is a must-have product for me!
Baby wearing or baby carrying has been around for centuries, just not in the way we know it now.
What is Baby wearing?
“Baby wearing is the practice of keeping your baby or toddler close and connected to you as you engage in daily activities through the use of one of a variety of types of baby carriers.” Source www.babywearinginternational.org
There are so many benefits of owning a baby carrier especially if you have a toddler and a new-born, however, there are a few negatives I think you need to know about first:
- It can be hard on your back especially if you have a heavy baby.
- Sometimes it gets too hot to wear a baby carrier.
- Vomit and drool can be a nightmare!
- Some children just don’t like it.
It’s important to know that a carrier isn’t an alternative to a pram, I still think you need to invest in a pram, however, I think a baby carrier is very convenient for short trips, hiking, and walks and around the house.
I don’t regret buying one.
The benefits of owning a baby carrier:
1. Skin-to-skin bonding
Babies love skin-to-skin bonding and one of the reasons why it is encouraged after birth is because it releases a hormone called oxytocin to mothers that promotes the production of breastmilk and a maternal bond which helps mom with postpartum depression and anxiety.
A baby carrier can help you, daddy, and the grandparents bond more with the baby.
Having baby in a baby carrier helps with exercise. You basically get a free workout every day.
3. Happier babies
Studies have proven that babies who are carried cry 40-50% less.
4. Promotes speech
Babies can pick up languages quicker when they are in a baby carrier as they are closer to you and the people you communicate with.
5. Promotes physical development
Baby carriers can help develop neck and head strength and control. It also helps increase muscle strength as babies can become very active in baby carriers.
6. Provides discreet breastfeeding
Some baby carriers make it easy to breastfeed when you are in public.
7. May help avoid spinal and cranial deformities.
8. Allows naps
Some carriers are so comfortable that baby may end up falling asleep in it.
9. Reduces the risk of phlagiocephaly also known as flat head syndrome.
10. Makes babies healthier.
I know you may thinking how?
Studies have proven that premature and special need babies who are closer to mom regulate their breathing, heartbeat, and physical movements faster.
Different types of baby carriers:
Some of the style available are:
- Wraparound Carriers
- Ring Slings
- Baby pouches
- Backpack baby carriers
This article was written by Shan and originally published on www.youandbabyi.com