If you’ve been reading for a while you know I love babywearing. However, Babywearing wasn’t always important to me. I really didn’t start babywearing until baby #5 came and I decided to babywear because lugging a stroller everywhere was a pain in the butt living in the big city. We don’t have a vehicle we use the bus, subway and street car often so lugging a stroller isn’t always practical or easy.
People always ask me why I babywear, or how I got into it. I got into it because it’s MUCH easier to wrap a baby, or put on the Boba and go… My babies didn’t always like the stroller and would cry, attempt to get out and it wasn’t fun for anyone. So here are my top 7 reasons why I babywear.
Not only it is comforting for me to know my baby is happy, and snuggled against me but the baby is comforted knowing they are on me, can feel my heartbeating, and I am not going anywhere without them!
No big strollers to fold and unfold while getting on the bus, subway or street car. No stroller to have anyone accidentally bump into or have to move out of everyone’s way.
BREASTFEEDING IS EASIER!
Breastfeeding is so much easier. Just loosen a bit, reposition baby, and away you go. Most of the time people don’t even know you are doing it! If you’ve ever dealt with a screaming, hungry baby while out in public you can understand this one!
A LOT LESS CRYING!
I always found my babies got bored, wanted snuggles and just want to be held so often in the stroller they’d cry. I would say while babywearing there is 90% less crying. They feel warm, protected and comforted right with Mommy/Daddy! The only time my babies have cried while babywearing were when hungry or needing a change.
I have also found that while babywearing so many people stop to talk. Adult interaction win! They ask about babywearing, give a nice compliment or just ask to see the baby! It’s a great conversation starter and it’s a great way to encourage others who may also want to babywear!
BENEFICIAL & SOOTHING
Not only does babywearing allow for more bonding time with baby it also helps soothe baby, and attend to baby’s needs faster and easier than when in a stroller. Babywearing helps babies be more content and less fussy.
BECAUSE I LOVE CUDDLES!
Simply put I like babywearing because I love cuddles with my babies. I love the closeness, and that extra time we spend out running errands, going to the bus stop or simply a walk around the block gives me extra time to snuggle and love on my baby that I wouldn’t be able to do while pushing a stroller! No, don’t worry babies won’t get “spoiled” or cry when not held.In addition, a little added bonus is now my husband sees and wants in on it too. Men babywearing their babies? TO DIE FOR.
Isn’t this just the cutest? Yeah, I think so too.
I know a lot of people who aren’t into babywearing always wonder WHY we bother, why we can’t just hold the babies or “put them down!” so I just wanted to share this little bit of information I found on LLL:
Some parents worry that a baby who is constantly held or worn will become a fussy baby, always crying for attention. Actually, the opposite seems to be true. In cultures where babies are constantly in the arms of caregivers, infant crying spells are virtually unheard of. A study in North America showed that babies cried less when parents were instructed to wear or carry them for several “extra” hours each day. THE WOMANLY ART OF BREASTFEEDING comments:
These findings confirm what our mothering instincts tell us —- that plenty of loving contact does not “spoil” a baby or make him more demanding, but instead helps him feel more comfortable and happy in his new world.
A happy baby is quiet and alert. In this state of mind, he is ready to interact with people. When worn or carried by a parent, a contented baby can see what’s going on around him. When he sees facial expressions and hears his mother’s voice, he is learning about the world.In addition to helping infants develop emotionally and socially, baby wearing also meets their physical needs.Babies need and enjoy motion. In the womb, they become accustomed to the sound of mother’s heart pumping blood and to the feeling of being confined in a small space. The experience of being in the womb also teaches them to enjoy the rhythm of their mother’s movements. After birth, the experience of being held close to a parent’s body helps them recall the peace they felt in the womb. A baby sling swaddles them and helps control the movement of their arms and legs. As parents move around the house or walk down the sidewalk, the motion soothes babies. Parents quickly discover that their newborn will sleep while in their arms, comforted by the rise and fall of mother or father’s chest. Lay that newborn down in a crib that neither breathes nor walks and baby wakes up in a hurry! —– http://www.lalecheleague.org
Well, There you have it!
Now don’t get me wrong. I still use a stroller. Mostly around the neighbourhood – to run to Walmart or if I am alone with the kids it’s easiest to put Justin and Jackson in our sit n stand so Jackson is safe and there’s no extra helping hands from dad. But I would much rather babywear. I know it’s not for everyone but I really enjoy it and when done safely, it’s an amazing experience for both mom or dad and baby!
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN A BABY-WEARER?
If yes: Did you enjoy it?
If no: Do you think it’s something you’d try, if you could maybe with your own kids, grandkids or a family member?