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Benefits of babywearing

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Babywearing results in less crying for baby. One study showed that worn babies cried 40 – 50% less than the norm. Not carrying infants may predispose them to crying and colic.
Hunziker UA, Barr RG. 1986. “Increased carrying reduces infant crying: A randomized controlled trial.” Pediatrics 77:641-648.
Babywearing is convenient for outings. Wearing your baby means there is no heavy carrier to lug around and no bulky stroller to navigate with.
Babywearing results in a more responsive mother. One study showed that mothers who wore their babies in soft carriers were more responsive to their infants’ vocalizations.
Anisfeld E, Casper V, Nozyce M, Cunningham N. 1990 “Does infant carrying promote attachment? An experimental study of the effects of increased physical contact on the development of attachment.” Child Development 61:1617-1627.
Babywearing encourages language development. Placing baby on the level of adult conversation and eye contact is the perfect spot for learning.
Babywearing allows the caregiver to have two free hands while providing comfort to baby.
Babywearing is great for preemies. One study showed that wearing preterm babies skin-to-skin helped them cry less, have more quiet sleep, and maintain healthier temperature.
Chwo MJ, Anderson GC, Good M, Dowling DA, Shiau SH, Chu DM. 2002. “A randomized controlled trial of early kangaroo care for preterm infants: effects on temperature, weight, behavior, and acuity.” J Nurs Res 10(2):129-42.
Babywearing reduces instances of plagiocephaly (abnormal head shape). Wearing your infant means less time with pressure against their head due to hard carriers, car seat and swings.
Babywearing results in a happier mother. One study showed that mothers of pre-term babies who wore them skin-to-skin reported less depression than traditionally cared for babies.
Feldman R, Eidelman AI, Sirota L, Weller A. 2002. “Comparison of Skin-to-Skin (Kangaroo) and Traditional Care: Parenting Outcomes and Preterm Infant Development.” Pediatrics 110(1):16-26.
Babywearing is great for baby’s digestion. Wearing baby encourages frequent, smaller breastfeeding sessions. This, combined with the motion of being worn improves digestion.
Babywearing results in a secure baby. One study found that infants worn in a soft carrier by their mothers were more secure when left with a stranger.
Anisfeld E, Casper V, Nozyce M, Cunningham N. 1990 “Does infant carrying promote attachment? An experimental study of the effects of increased physical contact on the development of attachment.” Child Development 61:1617-1627.
Babywearing feels better for the parent. Carrying baby in your arms without a sling is tiring. Worn properly, a sling provides much-needed support.
Babywearing supports breastfeeding. Wearing your baby encourages baby to nurse and allows for easier, discreet breastfeeding in public.
Babywearing is great for mental and psychomotor development. One study showed higher scores for babies worn skin-to-skin on the Bayley Mental Developmental Index and the Psychomotor Developmental Index.
Feldman R, Eidelman AI, Sirota L, Weller A. 2002. “Comparison of Skin-to-Skin (Kangaroo) and Traditional Care: Parenting Outcomes and Preterm Infant Development.” Pediatrics 110(1):16-26.
Babywearing is great for baby’s development. Equivalent to “tummy time,” babywearing allowing baby’s balance to improve and muscles to strengthen as baby responds to mother’s movements.
Wearing baby to sleep is a great way to lull baby to sleep no matter where you are.
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