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Why I Love Babywearing

2009 December 30
by MieVee @ MummysReviews.com

To share my love of babywearing with you, I have contributed a guest article entitled ‘Why I Love Babywearing’ to Today’s Motherhood. You may read the article here (January 2010 issue, pages 12-13) or below.

This article is launched in conjunction with Mummy’s Reviews’ first Special Treat for you.

Are you a babywearer?
If so, which is your favourite baby sling or carrier and why?

Cheers,
MieVee


Introduction

I love this quote from AskDrSears.com “The womb lasts eighteen months. Nine months inside mother, and nine months outside.” My baby boy has just completed his nine months outside the womb. After spending many hours being carried in a baby sling or carrier, he has grown into a happy, observant and sociable boy. This article aims to share with you the benefits that babywearing has given us.

Benefits

1. Creates a Strong Bond

I often carried my newborn in a baby sling to replicate the womb-like experience that he has been used to for nine months. The close contact with me gave my baby a great sense of security as he could smell, hear and feel me at close proximity. This helped him adjust better to the outside world and enhanced our bond.

As a breastfeeding mother, I was able to respond to my son’s hunger cues quickly and feed him before he started crying (which is a late hunger cue).

2. Calms Baby Down

My boy was bothered by gassiness in the early months and his fussiness peaked at night. Putting him in our sling and walking around in the bedroom was a sure-fire way to calm him down.

My alert baby was also the ultimate nap-resistor after reaching ten weeks old. For his evening nap, I often walked around with him in the sling so that he could take a cosy nap. Whenever he stirred, I would bounce him a little so that he could settle back to sleep again, taking long naps of up to two hours.

At four months old, he suffered from reflux and carrying him in a sling at an inclined or upright angle allowed him to feel more comfortable and not choke on his regurgitated milk.

3. Keeps Mummy’s Hands Free

Another great benefit of babywearing is that I could carry on with the daily household routine and keep the baby contented at the same time. It is easy to wash dishes and prepare the ingredients for his meals when carrying him on my back using a sturdy baby carrier. Many second-time mothers also find it convenient to look after an older child while carrying the younger child in a sling.

4. Enhances Baby’s Learning

My curious baby enjoys observing my actions as I piggy-back him, and he is able to learn from my daily experiences – organising food in the refrigerator, washing vegetables and fruits, operating the washing machine and so on. This gives him an adult perspective to the world besides playing in his crib or play-yard.

5. Convenient Outdoors

There are places where wearing the baby is much more convenient than manoeuvring a stroller, for instance at a crowded night market (pasar malam), and during grocery shopping when hands are needed to push a trolley. For short trips, it is also easy to simply wear the baby and leave the house, with hands free to carry a diaper bag.

6. Keeps Baby Safe

Wearing my baby in a sling or carrier keeps both of us safer as compared to carrying him with my hands. With both hands free, I could hold on to handrails of staircases or escalators, or hold on to somewhere for support should I lose my balance.

Choosing a Suitable Baby Carrier

There is a huge range of baby slings and carriers that can be mind-boggling to the new mother. Some factors to consider are your build, your child’s build and developmental stage, your family’s lifestyle, ergonomics and quality of the carrier, and your budget.

6 Responses leave one →
  1. February 8, 2010

    Sorry – completely off topic but is it me or are your blog posts out of chronological order? It’s not a big deal, just confused by the appearance of new blog posts in between the ones I saw when I last visited.

    Anyway, back to your question…

    I’ve use the Bjorn, the Ergo, a wrap and a sling and a ring sling and I favour the ring sling, the Bjorn and the Ergo at different times.

    The Bjorn is great for a young baby. I’ve tried the Ergo but can’t quite get the hang of seating baby with legs to one side, but the Ergo is great for my toddler who’s suddenly discovered how much he loves piggy backs. The ring sling is handy for the baby around the house and when we’re some place hot which makes the Bjorn and Ergo both uncomfortable. I like the wrap, too, but find it inconvenient to use.

    • February 8, 2010

      When Mummy’s Reviews was recently moved from WordPress.com to a private host, Feedburner re-sent a number of the older feeds. This is likely the cause for the confusion.

      Ergo is similar to Beco, which means legs are in a sitting position instead of dangling, and my boy loves this position during our shopping trips. Most of the time, Daddy does the carrying. Yes, piggy backs are popular!

  2. October 23, 2010

    i just love the moms in mind cotton and silk slings! they are comfy for baby, sturdy, provides enough ventilation and makes any mom look stylish too with its make and colors :) my baby is able to relax and sleep well because of it especially when I gently rock her like as if she was in a gently pushed swing.

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