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?
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.