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6 Reasons I Love Babywearing


April 29, 2017 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Babywearing


6 Reasons I Love Babywearing | Baby & Beyond

So as some of you already know, I have been taking a break from this page for a couple of weeks, for a number of reasons. Baby N started daycare this month. He only goes for 2 hours a day, but the rest of the day he does get a bit insecure and needs to see me around all the time. In the midst of all this, my house help quit leaving me with a mountain of work to be done. And then Baby N fell sick with high fever, losing all interest in eating and sleeping. Its been rough to say the least! Through these tough couple of weeks, one thing helped me sail through with some reasonable bit of sanity – babywearing.It allowed me to keep Baby N close, giving him the extra care and attention he needed, while also getting work done around the house.

A lot of my family and friends are not familiar with the term “babywearing”. While everyone is aware of baby carriers in some form or the other, most people think a carrier is a functional item, to be used to carry the baby while traveling outside the house. In fact it is so much more than this.

Babywearing International describes it as “the practice of keeping your baby or toddler close and connected to you as you engage in daily activities through the use of one of a variety of types of baby carriers…Babywearing promotes bonding, supports breastfeeding, can help combat postpartum depression, makes caregiving easier, and can be a lifesaver for parents of high-needs children. Carried babies sleep, feed, and grow better. One study found that carried 6-week-olds cried 43% less than other children.”

 

I started babywearing when Baby N was around 4 months old and I honestly wish I had started much sooner than that. Here are my top 6 reasons for loving babywearing:

 

1. Because it is hands free – Ever since I became a mother, I realized the importance of multitasking. I became especially adept at holding a baby in one hand while learning the art of completing all sorts of chores with just the other hand. Well with babywearing I can use both hands again because babywearing makes holding the baby completely hands free! I can’t even list the tasks I have completed while babywearing – nursing, pumping, cleaning, cooking, organizing the house, sending work emails, shopping, eating a meal, sightseeing, the list goes on.

 

2. Because of all the cuddles – Babies need to be held close to feel secure and let me be honest, I love (and at times NEED) the cuddles and snuggles just as much as Baby N does.

 

3. Because of the sleepy dust – Whenever Baby N is resisting sleep or in the midst of a tantrum, I find that a quick “uppy” in a carrier with a bit of nursing can calm him down significantly and often send him off to dreamland too. Being snuggled cozily close to me makes him feel calm, secure, loved (and hopefully even drowsy :-p). I am not saying this is foolproof but 8 out of 10 times it does work.

Sleepy dust while babywearing | Baby & Beyond

 

4. Because of the convenience – A carrier is a portable stroller, high chair, cradle, cot, car seat (in public transport) – all rolled into one. I do have all of these and each of them is a must-have in its own way, but they ARE a pain to lug around everywhere I go, especially when I am out alone. A carrier is so much easier and compact, it fits right into my diaper bag.

 

5. Because it is easy on me – Post delivery I had started getting severe pain in my arms, wrists, back and shoulders. All the baby carrying and rocking to sleep was not helping. Babywearing is a blessing because it distributes the weight across the shoulders and back and the soft fabrics do not cut into the skin either (as you would expect from the straps of a heavy bag say).

 

6. Because I am spoiled for choice – There is a wide range of carrier styles, fabrics and colours available to suit every age and body type (remember it is not just moms who benefit from babywearing, but also dads, grandparents, any caregiver in general). Whether you prefer fancy wraps, easy on-the-go full-buckles or somewhere in between with mei-dais and ring slings; cool linen, handwoven cotton, or canvas; front carry, back carry, hip carry or even cradle hold; solids, stripes, prints in every colour; new born baby to toddler sized – trust me you are going to have a hard time buying just one!