Monday, October 10, 2011

Happy Babywearing Week!

Today marks the beginning of International Babywearing Week!

As a babywearing mama in an area where wraps and slings are scarce and stroller-pushing is the norm, I've gotten some weird looks, and tons of great questions while out and about with a baby wrapped snuggly-tight on my chest.

Baby A, about a week old.

Babywearing Daddy = Major Sex Appeal

Baby B, three months old.

We chose to babywear as much as possible because we believe that babies need all of the snuggling they can get in the early months.  Our baby spent some time in the NICU, and we feel that skin-to-skin bonding helped him feel safe and secure after those uncertain first few weeks.
For more information, head over to Babywearing International.  Here's a list I pulled from their website of some of the benefits of babywearing:
Happy Babies. 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 percent overall and 54 percent during evening hours. (1)

Healthy Babies. Premature babies and babies with special needs often enter the world with fragile nervous systems. 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. Research has even shown that premature babies who are touched and held gain weight faster and are healthier than babies who are not. (2)

Confident Parents. A large part of feeling confident as a parent is the ability to read our babies’ cues successfully. Holding our babies close in a sling 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. (3) (4)

Loving Caregivers. 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 sling. 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 sling 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!

1 - Hunziker UA, Garr RG. (1986) Increased carrying reduces infant crying: A random-ized controlled trial. Pediatrics 77:641-648
2 - “Current knowledge about skin-to-skin (kangaroo) care for pre-term infants”. J Perinatol. 1991 Sep;11(3):216-26.
3 - Pelaez-Nogueras M, Field TM, Hossain Z, Pickens J. (1996). Depressed mothers’ touching increases infants’ positive affect and attention in still-face interactions. Child Development, 67, 1780-92.
4 - Tessier R, M Cristo, S Velez, M Giron, JG Ruiz-Palaez, Y Charpak and N Charpak. (1998) Kangaroo mother care and the bonding hypothesis. Pediatrics 102:e17.

Have a super Monday!


  1. Wow, if I only new about this when my oldest was a baby.....She cried what seemed like none stop!! I could of got some sleep thrown in there possibly.

  2. I was actually thinking about this over the weekend. Are there slings/ways to carry two babies without it being too awkward?

  3. carriers are great! you look so happy :D

  4. aww I love all the baby wearing. cute!

  5. the pics are cute! and you look so happy!

  6. Wearing my baby is a LIFESAVER! And is so convenient when I'm chasing after her 3 year old big brother! I just wish I knew about it when I was a first time mom to a very colicky baby!


Hearing from you makes me happy! :)

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