Baby wearing is basically wearing your baby! There are many forms of slings and wraps people use but just depends on what people prefer comfort wise plus how much they can cost. It has been practiced for millennia across all countries and cultures. There are numerous benefits to babywearing – in short, in makes life easier for mama or dad and baby. Babywearing has been an essential part of child rearing in many cultures for centuries – in recent decades the practice has grown in popularity in Western cultures as parents have come to realize its many advantages.
Just a few reasons babywearing is so good:
- Newborns need to be held – close physical contact with a caregiver has physical and physiological benefits for baby. Carriers allow a caregiver to provide baby with the physical comfort she needs while still have hands free for other activities, including playing with and caring for older children.
- An upright position is great for babies with reflux. The slight pressure on the tummy from being worn also helps with gas issues.
- A colicky baby is more easily soothed when snuggled and rocked in a carrier. It is also much easier on a caregiver’s arms to have the carrier help with the holding.
- Carriers can go many places more easily than a stroller: maneuvering in crowded places, walking the dog, hiking, sightseeing, and using public transportation are all made easier by using a carrier instead of a stroller.
- Once baby is aware of his world, a carrier provides a better view of his surroundings. Worn babies are more easily made a part of the action.
- Even toddlers who are walking frequently want to be held. A good carrier makes it much easier to handle the weight of your growing toddler while leaving you hands free for other tasks.
- Wearing is a wonderful way to soothe and comfort a sick or grumpy baby or toddler.
- Travelling: In some cases, baby wearing is a practical alternative to a pushchair as rather than using a bulky pram on a trip or on public transport, some parents opt for a space saving baby wear. For these mums and dads, babywearing may be something they only do a few times a month or when they go on holidays.
In cold weather:
If babywearing remember you’re at an advantage because you have hands free in case they’re need to brace yourself in snowy weathers but also remember when babywearing no snowsuits as babes can easily over and sink into the fabric.
Instead layer up similar to below:
Layer 1: long sleeved vest and tights
Layer 2: sleepsuit
Layer 3: leggings and long sleeved top
Layer 4: cardigan and big socks (easy to take off if too warm)
Layer 5: oversized parent coat/babywearing coat
Remember if using a stretchy wrap it has 3 layers of fabric already and all babywearing also has the benefit of shared body heat. Monitior babes temp regularly whatever your travel methods especially in cold climates.
- Financial: Babywearing could be a financial decision (although they can cost as much as a buggy) You can find baby carriers or wraps suitable from birth for as little as £15 if you go to a sling library as you can hire them, whereas a pram or pushchair can cost hundreds. This is sometimes the deciding factor for parents who have multiple children.
A photo below on more information on slings, wraps, pouches. I am only a mere novice afterall.