International Babywearing Week has come and gone, but there’s always plenty good reasons to keep your little one close via sling, wrap or carrier — beyond handy portability and the undeniable cute factor!
Babylondon.co.uk explains exactly why you should give babywearing a go:
1. Improved bonding and attachment
A hormone that is closely related to bonding and attachment, oxytocin is produced through skin to skin contact and close interaction and has an important role in encouraging nurturing feelings and a sense of belonging, effectively helping to reduce feelings of anxiety and postnatal depression. Babywearing obviously facilitates skin on skin bonding between mum and babs, thus stimulating the release of oxytocin.
2. Enhanced development
Carrying your child in a sling also encourages interaction, and this is how babies and toddlers best learn about the world around them. Additionally, being so close to mum, dad, or other loved one allows young ones to feel secure and safe enough to absorb the myriad visual and aural stimuli of their environment.
3. Accelerated brain maturation
Research shows that almost constant touch positively impacts the developing brain. Studies have also shown that babywearing, specifically, encourages accelerated brain maturation, and that the more babies experience this the more their brains develop.
4. Reduced crying
According to research, babies who are carried for just one or two hours a day cry 43% less overall, and 54% less in the evening hours – no doubt because being in such close proximity to their carer, close enough to feel the comforting warmth of skin and hear the heartbeat which mimics the sounds of their time spent in-utero, is powerfully soothing.
5. Lowered instances of colic and reflux
Added benefits of babywearing include a reduction in symptoms of colic and reflux, due to the upright position and slight pressure which helps to keep the oesophageal valve closed. Alongside this are the benefits of healthy bone development as a result of the developmentally ideal position babies are in whilst being carried, plus an improvement in balance, motor skills, and general movement ability.