Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Benefits of Babywearing: #InternationalBabywearingWeek 2014

Babywearing was one of the first decisions I made before my daughter was born. I knew I wanted my baby to feel safe and secure at all times. Rather than isolating her in her own space, I wanted to help her feel important and integrate her into our daily life. Cuddling with her was also a plus!

Here are eight benefits I’ve obtained from baby wearing my 7-month old daughter from birth.
  1. Comforting for both mom and baby – From the womb, my baby was used to my rhythmic heartbeat and warmth. Once she came into this big and strange world, she was deprived of that. Wearing her allows me to keep her close and provide her with the familiar motion and sounds she had been accustomed to. Whenever I carry her, she allows herself to relax and be comforted. My daughter knows she is safe and it gives me additional opportunities to be there for her.

  2. Feeling secure and reassuring – I always plan on wearing my baby when we visit a crowded place like a festival. I don’t have to worry about maneuvering a bulky stroller around a crowd and I’m less anxious about random strangers coming too close or touching my baby. Crowds can be intimidating and when I’m too busy paying attention to everything going on, my daughter is reassured by the physical contact that I’m there with her.

  3. It’s convenient – I learned early on that carrying my baby anywhere in her infant carrier was a chore onto itself. Infant carriers are not only bulky and heavy, but you have to set it with the baby away from your line of vision somewhere on the floor or a table. With my baby in her carrier I don’t have to stop whatever I’m doing to pay attention to her. I can continue cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, or running errands.

  4. Easier travel experience – I wore my daughter as we maneuvered through three airports and four flights when she was only four months old. Wearing her helped block excess stimuli and with lots to watch, she kept busy and demanded less attention. Babywearing when traveling also means having two free hands to handle documents, get through security, carry bags, and board the aircraft.

  5. Increased interaction – Having a baby doesn't mean that you have to stop doing everyday tasks and running errands. Babywearing allowed me to keep up with my tasks while keeping my baby close so we can interact more often. Since she’s at eye-level, my daughter is able to interact with other adults as well. I noticed my daughter is more alert when she accompanies me while I go about my day. Babies that quietly pay attention to their environment are known to also be learning.
    Nursing while Babywearing
    Discreetly nursing while babywearing.

  6. Easy breastfeeding on the go – Having my baby close allows me to respond to her feeding cues before she cries for attention. I’ve successfully and discreetly nursed in public a number of times while babywearing. With my daughter in the carrier I can just slightly adjust her position and my clothes, pull the cover on, and let her nurse quietly. The cover helps block out distractions letting her nurse in peace and maybe fall asleep. I’ve been able to continue to enjoy a walk, finish grocery shopping, go through the checkout counter at a store, and even ordered funnel cake at a festival.

  7. Better communication – Keeping my baby close allows me to observe her reactions to her environment. We’ve also gotten to know each other better as we study each other’s facial expressions and gestures. Babies are able to communicate hunger, wetness, boredom, and sleepiness without crying. Babywearing has allowed me to learned to read my daughter’s cues, which is important in order to fulfill her needs.

  8. Happier baby and mom – It might be luck but my daughter rarely cries and fusses, especially when she’s being held. When I wear my daughter, she’s often calmly observing everything around us and quietly learning. I’m definitely happier knowing I can respond to my daughter’s needs and seeing her trust in me increase. Babywearing allows us both to relax and enjoy special activities, trips and even daily life together. Life is more enjoyable as we’ve become mutually attached to each other. 
Happy International Babywearing Week!
Oct 5th-11th, 2014

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