Baby Wearing has huge benefits for everyone!!!
For mums, your oxytocin levels are increased through physical contact, assisting with the maternal bond, easier breastfeeding, all leading to a lowering of the incidence of postnatal depression.
For the dads who are baby wearing this also has benefits for paternal bonding. Babies/children who are carried are usually calmer as the primal needs are met. This is because they can see, hear, smell and touch you as well as easy access to feeding, even the motion for being carried helps with brain development, digestion, inner ear development which assists with balance and muscle tone is constant which helps overall physical development.
It’s been found that due to the close contact with other people as they are carried they can study facial expressions, learn languages and body language quicker and independence is established earlier.
Another benefit is there is a decreased risk of positional plagiocephaly (flat head syndrome) caused by extended time spent sitting or lying on their back.
‘Kangaroo care’ which is where baby is skin to skin with the parents either with or without a sling, this has huge benefits to premies or ill infants. As well as parent-child attachment and parental satisfaction.
For Safety Basics….use the acronym TICKS
- In view
- Close enough to kiss
- Keep chin off the chest
- Supported back
- Most of all enjoy the closeness!!!