Remember when you were pregnant and your baby was restless? In order to calm and soothe the baby doing somersaults in your womb, you would walk. The natural rhythm of your steps would soothe your baby. Baby wearing is based on this philosophy and many other proven researches and experts that have shown that baby wearing is good for your little one.
It has been shown that sling or wrap babies will cry less, have less incidents of colic, learn more faster, form bonds with people easier, assimilate into crowds and new environments with less stress, and will feel safer.
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Overall Advantages for Babies
Even as an adult, when you are crying, you find comfort from hugs, kisses, and caresses from the people you love. With a baby sling, your infant is right next to you when he or she is anxious, feeling poorly, or distressed.
Pediatrics Magazine in 1968 noted that “We hypothesized that this “normal” crying could be reduced by supplemental carrying, that is, increased carrying throughout the day in addition to that which occurs during feeding and in response to crying.
In a randomized controlled trial, 99 mother-infant pairs were assigned to an increased carrying or control group.
At the time of peak crying (6 weeks of age), infants who received supplemental carrying cried and fussed 43% less (1.23 v 2.16 h/d) overall, and 51% less (0.63 v 1.28 hours) during the evening hours (4 PM to midnight). Similar but smaller decreases occurred at 4, 8, and 12 weeks of age.
Decreased crying and fussing were associated with increased contentment and feeding frequency but no change in feeding duration or sleep. “We conclude that supplemental carrying modifies “normal” crying by reducing the duration and altering the typical pattern of crying and fussing in the first 3 months of life. The relative lack of carrying in our society may predispose to crying and colic in normal infants.”
Additionally, the magazine also discovered that when a parent is involved in babywearing for three hours in a day, crying is reduced by 43% and during the evening it is lessened by 54%.
As a new parent, there is not a more frustrating and stressful thing than having a colicky baby. And when you are stressed, your baby is aware of this, and may cry even more. It’s a cycle that can be very upsetting and take way from the joy of having a newborn.
Baby wearing can reduce the incidents of colic and soothe a baby having colic.
Natural Parents Network states that baby wearing creates a cocoon-like comfort and snugness that gives your baby a sense of security during the colicky times. Dr. Sears, a noted and esteemed pediatrician who coined the phrase “babywearing” in 1985, also attributes baby wearing to less colicky little ones and more comfort during times of colic.
Dr. Sears, as well as Baby Wearing International, a non-profit organization who provides support and education to parents agree babies will learn faster Baby Wearing International states at their website, “ Every time a baby is able to let us know that she is hungry, bored, or wet without having to cry, her trust in us is increased, her learning is enhanced, and our own confidence is reinforced.”
A baby who can make quick and appropriate bonds will build a strong foundation for adult bonding. Some babies never learn to bond, and become socially awkward in their adults years.
Baby Wearing International, states that “babywearing promotes bonding between children and caregivers.” You baby will carry this lesson throughout his or her life.
Crowds and New Environments
I once had a friend who insisted on complete quiet around her baby. Her newborn, by her edict, could not be disturbed by natural house or environment noises such as talking, music, dogs barking, or laughter.
This became an issue because the entire family and friend unit had to be 100% quiet once the child was trained to expect quiet during nap and sleep time.
When you swing or wrap your baby to your body, he or she will move around as you do and hear the noises in the environment. These noises will be considered the norm, and not jarring or frightening to a young one.
In an article at Parenting.com entitled “Sling Babies”, Dr. Sears says, “ Normal ambient sounds, such as the noise of a vacuum cleaner or a radio, can sometimes surprise or scare a child. When a baby is worn, a sound that might otherwise be frightening has a learning value because the mother can comfort the infant when she is exposed to unfamiliar sounds and experiences.”
Research and expert opinions support the benefits of baby wearing, but common sense also supports the benefits. Your baby will feel snug and safe because he or she is snug and safe. Your baby can literally hear your heart beat and feel the warmth of your body. Your embrace is inches away from the baby.
Your baby will feel snug and safe because he or she is snug and safe. Your baby can literally hear your heart beat and feel the warmth of your body. Your embrace is inches away from the baby.
But, researchers and experts agree with your common sense, babywearing expert Samantha Bunnel states at Born to be Breastfed.com”… the physical proximity of wearing the baby provides warmth and the growing sense of security. Of course, the physical proximity also provides easy access for breastfeeding! Oh, and it’s hands-free time for you! “
This time with your newborn will pass quickly. You want to enjoy it to the max. Researchers, experts, and your own good common sense prove that using a baby carrier will result in children who will cry less, have fewer incidents of colic, learn faster, form bonds with people easier, assimilate into crowds and new environments with less stress, and will feel safer.