Medical professionals agree that infants thrive through touch; “wearing” your baby is another way to meet this need.
The benefits of babywearing don’t end there … babywearing offers many other advantages, some of which include:
Happy Babies. It’s true … carried babies cry less! In a study published in the
journal Pediatrics, researchers found that babywearing for three hours a day reduced infant crying by 43 percent overall and 54 percent during evening hours.
Healthy Babies. Premature babies and babies with special needs often enter the world
with fragile nervous systems. When a baby rides in a sling attached to his mother, he is in tune with the rhythm of her breathing, the sound of her heartbeat, and the movements his mother
makes—walking, bending, and reaching. This stimulation helps him to regulate his own physical responses. Research has even shown that premature babies who are touched and held gain weight faster and
are healthier than babies who are not.
Confident Parents. A large part of feeling confident as a parent is the ability to
read our babies’ cues successfully. Holding our babies close in a sling allows us to become finely attuned to their movements, gestures, and facial expressions. Every time a baby is able to let us
know that she is hungry, bored, or wet without having to cry, her trust in us is increased, her learning is enhanced, and our own confidence is reinforced. This cycle of positive interaction deepens
the mutual attachment between parent and child, and is especially beneficial for mothers who are at risk for or suffering from postpartum depression.
Loving Caregivers. Baby carriers are a great bonding tool for fathers, grandparents,
adoptive parents, babysitters, and other caregivers. Imagine a new father going for a walk with his baby in a sling. The baby isbecoming used to his voice, heartbeat, movements, and facial
expressions, and the two are forging a strong attachment of their own. Baby carriers are beneficial for every adult in a baby’s life. Cuddling up close in the sling is a wonderful way to get to know
the baby in your life, and for the baby to get to know you!
Comfort and Convenience. With the help of a good carrier, you can take care of older
children or do chores without frequent interruptions from an anxious or distressed infant—which helps to reduce sibling rivalry. Baby carriers are also wonderful to use with older babies and
toddlers; you can save those arms and go where strollers can’t. Climbing stairs, hiking, and navigating crowded airports all can be done with ease when you use a well-designed baby carrier!
How long do you plan to babywear?
Will you use it primarily during the first few months or do you prefer a carrier that will last through the first year or even longer?
Who will use the carrier?
Will it be exclusively used by one caregiver or do you want something that can be easily exchanged between caregivers with minimal adjustment? Some carriers are size specific and cannot be shared
between caregivers of different sizes whereas others can fit a wide range of individuals.
Do you want to purchase only one carrier for your entire babywearing time?
Are you open to more than one carrier for different situations, ages, and stages? Are you willing to sacrifice ease of use?
What is your budget?
Most good quality, ergonomic carriers cost between $50 and $250 so there are options at every price point.