I wore North around like a Kangaroo carries her young, from the moment he was born until he was too heavy to cope with. But, I knew this time around I would be wearing Indigo even more because I need my hands and time free to chase her big brother around. The beauty of babywearing is that it allows you to continue with your daily rhythm and routine instead of spending endless of amount of time trying to get your baby off to sleep.
In Western society, habitual or frequent babywearing is frowned upon because it is believed that the baby will become too clingy or demanding, however I have found the case to be quite the opposite- North is an extremely independent child who from the age of about 6 months learned to "self-settle" in his cot at night quite happily without me.
Here are some of the benefits of babywearing, as listed on Instinctive Parenting.
- promotes an intimate connection between parent and baby, and is considered one of the most important factors in the healthy physical, intellectual and social development of infants
- promotes good digestion which is believed to greatly ease the distressing symptoms of colic and reflux
- enables the mother to be acutely aware of her baby's cues and signals and heightens her perception of her child's needs
- reduces crying and fussiness by up to 51%, with parents feeling more competent and nurturing toward their children
- provides a baby with a rich learning environment where all of their most important needs can be met - food, warmth, love and touch
- the babies learn more, stimulating brain development and expanding their future learning potential (for example watching while you cook or prepare dinner)
- provides the exact level and kind of stimulation an infant requires, energizing their nervous system and creating a quiet, calm alertness in the infant
- helps to develop the muscles needed for the infant to sit, stand and walk
- babies worn in slings feel safe and secure which helps to foster a solid sense of self
- offers easy access to the infant's food source - mothers' breast milk, without having to stop or sit down
Indigo also had a lot of those newborn stuffy snuffles and congestion for her first few weeks, and slept and breathed much easier in an upright position as opposed to on her back. We use the hug-a-bub, as well as the baby bjorn. Both are excellent and I especially love the hug-a-bub for younger infants because it is so reminiscent of the womb. The baby Bjorn is great for traveling and outings where the baby will be coming in and our of the carrier and it's easy to put on and take off.
I also have two different sized slings, but I can't seem to get the positioning right because neither of my children like it at all. Does anyone have any suggestions about how to position the baby in it?
Whatever your carrier of choice, don't be afraid to use the carrier to your heart's content. It's not just something to conveniently tote your child around in while you're outside, but a valuable tool for inside the home- whether you want to get the washing done, prepare dinner or simply rock your baby to sleep in the most comforting place she knows- your arms.