What is Babywearing?

 

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5 – 11 October 2014 is International Babywearing Week! And in the spirit of promoting babywearing, we are posting a special blog every day this week on this awesome topic.

So, here goes…What is Babywearing?

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Babywearing 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. It is a traditional practice in many cultures that is not widely used by modern industrialized societies, but it nonetheless has many benefits for both children and caregivers. Babywearing promotes bonding, supports breastfeeding, can help combat postpartum depression, makes caregiving easier, and can be a lifesaver for parents of high-needs children. Carried babies sleep, feed, and grow better, and cry less.

Babywearing is not about any particular parenting philosophy and it is not about any specific carrier. It can be practiced by a wide variety of caregivers including moms, dads, grandparents, siblings, nannies, nurses, doulas; in short, anyone who cares for a newborn, infant, or toddler. There are safe and effective carrier options for every budget and taste.

Babywearing International (www.babywearinginternational.org) believes:

1. Baby carriers are powerful tools for parents and caregivers, enabling them to hold their babies more comfortably, more securely, and longer than they would otherwise.

2. The practice of using baby carriers, known as babywearing, is beneficial for both children and caregivers. Babywearing fulfills a child’s need to be held, while its utility makes the lives of caregivers easier.

3. Babywearing promotes bonding between children and their caregivers.

4. All types of baby carriers have value, and caregivers have the benefit of a wide range of available options.

5. Baby carriers should be comfortable for both child and caregiver, and can be used for as long as is mutually desired by children and their caregivers.

6. Babywearing is compatible with any parenting style or philosophy.

7. With education and support, children and caregivers can benefit from the ease, comfort, and utility of babywearing.

Happy Babywearing!

 

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Prémaman Stockists of MonaLisa Mamas!

It is with huge pride and greatest pleasure that we announce our most recent stockist of MonaLisa Mamas Nursing Covers – PRÉMAMAN TYGERVALLEY, CAPE TOWN!!

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Prémaman is a Belgian found company who specializes in clothes for pregnant women and young children, together with an assortment of accessories. They boast with about 350 stores in the world. From comforters, baby bouncers, and bottle warmers to changing tables, furniture, and clothes for mothers and children, PREMAMAN aims to make life easier and more enjoyable for moms and babies. You can visit them at Tygervalley Mall, Bellville or online at www.premaman.co.za

 

We hope to be expanding to other Prémaman stores throughout the country. But for now – enjoy the pleasure of strolling the walkways of Tygervalley Mall and perusing all your favourite colours of MonaLisa Mamas Nursing Covers! Happy Shopping!

 

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The Benefits of Babywearing

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The benefits of babywearing are wide and well researched.  Here are a few facts for you and your baby’s well-being:

Babies who are carried…

  • Cry less! 43% less overall and 54% less during evening hours.
  • Are healthier! They gain weight faster, have better motor skills, coordination, increased muscle tone, and sense of balance.
  • Get a better view of the world. Babies pushed in strollers or lugged around in car seats only get to see the adult world at knee level.
  • Become independent faster, making them confident and less clingy.
  • Sleep better! They fall asleep quicker and sleep for longer periods of time.
  • Learn more! They are not over-stimulated, but calm and alert, observing and taking in the world around them.
  • Are happier! They feel loved and secure.

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For mommy’s who wear their babies:

  • It enables better communication between you and your baby (without your baby having to cry!) as you become attuned to your baby’s facial expressions and other gestures.
  • It creates confident parents – there’s no better feeling than when your baby is calm and content because you have met all of his or her needs.
  • It’s convenient – nothing is more awkward than carrying a heavy plastic care with one arm!
  • It allows you to safely move about with your baby regardless of terrain – you can stroll down uneven sidewalks, narrow lanes, walk up stairs or climb mountains.
  • It’s healthy for you – it encourages you to get out and exercise with your little one.
  • It makes discreet nursing possible without having to find a place to sit.
  • It helps you to interact with your other children while holding your little one close at the same time.

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The benefits of carrying your baby upright on your chest are huge!

  1. It mimics the environment of the womb. Baby continues to receive touch rhythm and pressure and the soothing and comforting sounds of his mother’s heart beat, breathing and rhythmic rocking.
  2. Prevents ear infections and eases the symptoms of GERD (Tasker, 2002).
  3. Regulates body temperatures. Baby can better maintain his own temperature. If the baby gets too cold the mother’s body temperature will actually warm up one degree to help warm the baby. If the baby gets too hot, the mother’s body temperature will decrease one degree to cold the baby (Ludington-Hoe, 2006). The flexed position on mother’s chest is a more efficient position for conserving heat than laying horizontal.
  4. Enhances lactation, the prevalence, and the duration of breastfeeding (Furman, 2002).
  5. Enhances immunological protection. If the mother is breastfeeding her baby, she will raise antibodies in response to all of the microbes that they come in contact with and transfer them to the baby (Lawn, 2010). Touch is so important to the healthy development of an infant that a lack of touch, or separation of mother and newborn (even with strollers), actually causes high amounts of the toxic stress hormone cortisol to be released. High levels of cortisol in the he blood and separation from mother may negatively impact immune function as the body may stop producing leukocytes.
  6. Enhances growth/weight gain. High cortisol levels that result from mother-baby separation has a negative impact on growth hormones. With mother present to hep assist in regulating the baby’s breathing, heart rate, and temperature, the baby has decreased energy needs and can conserve his energy and calories and direct them toward growth (Charpak, 2005).
  7. Supports arousal regulation. When held upright on their mother’s’ chests babies spend more time in a quiet alert state, the optimum state for observing and processing.
  8. Reduces apnea and uneven breathing. When a baby is worn on the chest of either parent there is usually an improvement in breathing patterns. The baby can hear the breathing and it stimulates his or her own breathing so that the baby imitates the parent. (Ludington-Hoe, 1993).
  9. Stabilizes heart rate. Bradycardia (low heart rate below 100) is markedly reduced and tachycardia (heart rate of 180 or more) rarely occur (McCain, 2005). Heart rate is so important because a baby’s brain requires a steady and consistent flow of blood to get the oxygen it needs to grow and perform properly.
  10. Relieves Stress Reactions. Babies deal with pain better and cry less in response to pain (for procedures such as heel sticks) (Kostandy, 2008).
  11. Improves neurobehaviour. Score higher on mental and motor development tests in the first year of life (Charpak et al., 2005)
  12. Increases oxygenation of the baby’s body (Feldman, 2003).
  13. Provides longer periods of restful sleep. Babies remain more calm and transition from one sleep state to another (Ferber, 2004) and also sleep longer in general (Messemer, 1997).
  14. Saves lives. According to the latest studies, the practicing of Kangaroo Care, or the special way of holding your preterm infant skin to skin, shows a 51% reduction in newborn mortality when babies (stable and less than 2kg) were kangarooed within the first week after birth and breastfed by their mothers (Lawn, 2010).

By Boba Baby Carriers
bobafamily.com

 

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