1. Wearing a baby is convenient.
You can walk around freely and not having to worry about negotiating steps, crowds or narrow aisles with a pram. A sling or wrap can block out excess stimuli when breastfeeding and allows for discreet nursing . Babywearing is perfect for negotiating busy airports with a small child and several bags!
2. Wearing a baby promotes physical development.
When a baby rides in a sling 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, and exercises his vestibular system, which controls balance.
3. Babies are happier.
Studies have shown that the more babies are held, the less they cry and fuss. Crying is exhausting for both the baby and his parents, and may cause long-term damage as the baby’s developing brain is continually flooded with stress hormones. Baby-wearing is especially useful for colicky babies!
4. Baby-wearing is healthy for you!
It can be challenging for new mothers to find time to exercise, but if you carry your baby around with you most of the day or go for a brisk walk with your baby in her sling, you will enjoy the dual benefits A long walk in the sling or carrier is also an excellent way to help a tired but over-stimulated child fall asleep.
5. Baby-wearing helps you and your baby to communicate with each other. The more confidence we have in our parenting, the more we can relax and enjoy our children. A large part of feeling confident as a parent is the ability to read our baby’s cues successfully. When we wear our baby close , we become finely attuned to his gestures and facial expressions. This cycle of positive interaction enhances the mutual attachment between parent and child, and makes life more enjoyable for everyone.
6. It’s a bonding tool for fathers, grandparents, and other caregivers. The baby is becoming used to their voice, heartbeat, movements and facial expressions, and the two are forging a strong attachment of their own.
7. A safe place for a child to be.
Instead of running loose in crowded or dangerous places, a child in a wrap/sling/carrier is held safe and secure right next to your body. Slings also provide emotional safety when needed, so that children can venture into the world and become independent at their own pace.
Babywearing cost far less than strollers and prams