New to babywearing
Babywearing is carrying a baby in a sling/carrier and has been practiced for centuries around the world. It is a form of baby transport which can be enjoyed for as long as mutually desired, often until toddlerhood and beyond. Carrying your baby in a sling is a wonderful bonding experience and offers many benefits for parents, carers and babies.
It helps your newborn adapt
Your newborn adapts much quicker to life outside the womb by feeling your heartbeat, breathing, warmth and hearing your voice. This in turn helps them to regulate their own heart rate and temperature.
It promotes bonding and improves breastfeeding outcomes
Studies show that close contact with parents increases oxytocin levels (the love hormone) which promotes bonding with your baby and means that you learn to more easily recognise your baby’s cues. A sling can facilitate this by providing a way to hold your baby close. As the hormone responsible for milk ‘let down’, increased oxytocin levels are linked with improved breastfeeding outcomes.
It makes babies happy
Studies show that babies that are carried in slings cry less (as much as 54% less) than those that are not carried, meaning that they spend more time in the ‘quiet alert’ state, interacting and taking in their surroundings. When carried, their senses are stimulated and they see the world from a higher perspective, engaging in more eye contact and conversation; all of which benefits brain development.
It brings freedom
Anyone who has ever carried a car seat with a sleeping baby, pushed a buggy across a beach, muddy field or through deep snow knows how hard it can be! Babywearing makes many places more accessible. It makes public transport easier, eliminates the need to use a lift in busy shopping centres and crowded places are a breeze to navigate with a sling. Carriers also enable you to get on with day-to-day life about the house with a baby who won’t be put down.
There are so many different types of baby carrier on the market. With some of the best not available on the high street, we’d love for you to drop by one of our library sessions for a brew or a bite to eat, chat to the other parents and try out some of our slings to enjoy these benefits yourself.