Medical professionals agree that infants thrive through touch; “wearing” your baby is another way to meet this need. The benefits of babywearing don’t end there … babywearing offers many other advantages, some of which include:
It’s true … carried babies cry less! In a study published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers found that babywearing for three hours a day reduced infant crying by 43 % overall and 54 % during evening hours!
Premature babies and babies with special needs often enter the world with fragile nervous systems. When a baby rides in a carrier attached to his mother, he is in tune with the rhythm of her breathing, the sound of her heartbeat, and the movements his mother makes – walking, bending, and reaching. This stimulation helps him to regulate his own physical responses. Research has even shown that premature babies who are touched and held gain weight faster and are healthier than babies who are not.
If babies spend less time crying and fussing, what do they do with the free time? They learn! Carried babies spend more time in the state of quiet alertness. This is where your baby is most content and best able to interact with his environment. Researchers have also reported that carried babies show better visual and auditory alertness. Because baby is up at voice and eye level, he is more involved in conversations. He learns a valuable speech lesson – the ability to listen.
A large part of feeling confident as a parent is the ability to read our babies’ cues successfully. Holding our babies close in a carrier allows us to become finely attuned to their movements, gestures, and facial expressions. 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. This cycle of positive interaction deepens the mutual attachment between parent and child, and is especially beneficial for mothers who are at risk for or suffering from postpartum depression.
Baby carriers are a great bonding tool for fathers, grandparents, adoptive parents, babysitters, and other caregivers. Imagine a new father going for a walk with his baby in a wrap. The baby is becoming used to his voice, heartbeat, movements, and facial expressions, and the two are forging a strong attachment of their own. Baby carriers are beneficial for every adult in a baby’s life. Cuddling up close in the wrap is a wonderful way to get to know the baby in your life, and for the baby to get to know you!
Comfort and Convenience.
With the help of a good carrier, you can take care of older children or do chores without frequent interruptions from an anxious or distressed infant—which helps to reduce sibling rivalry. Baby carriers are also wonderful to use with older babies and toddlers; you can save those arms and go where strollers can’t. Climbing stairs, hiking, and navigating crowded airports all can be done with ease when you use a well-designed baby carrier!
So, go ahead! What are you still waiting for? Contact us today for your gorgeous MonaLisa Mamas Baby Wrap and reap the benefits for you and your baby from day 1!
Compliments of: www.babywearinginternational.org http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/health-concerns/fussy-baby/baby-wearing/benefits-babywearing