Today’s post wraps up our series in celebration of International Babywearing Week 2016. We are confident that the information we’ve shared this week will help you along your journey as babywearing parents. I'm going to chat about the wonderful ways in which baby wearing helps you to grow & explore together with your children.
Boosts Confidence and Ease Of Mind of Parents/Caregivers
Laura Simeon, a parent and write says "The more confidence parents have, the more they can relax and enjoy their children," She continues: "A large part of confidence is the ability to read baby’s cues successfully. When a baby is held close in a sling, a parent becomes finely attuned to baby’s gestures and facial expressions....Every time a baby is able to let his parent know when he is hungry, bored, or wet without having to cry, his trust in the parent is increased, his learning is enhanced, and a parent’s confidence is reinforced. This cycle of positive interaction enhances the mutual attachment between parent and child, and it makes life more enjoyable for everyone."
When baby is calm and comforted and happy, mom will feel calm and happy as well and thus encourage you to get out and about more often. A stroll around the block for fresh air and sunshine do wonders in the postpartum period. As baby gets older you can take this time to look at the trees, wave at the dogs and explore together.
It’s So Darn Convenient
Have you ever had to run into the grocery store for a few items and wished there was an easier way than pulling out the car seat and the stroller? Babywearing is the answer! Regularly using a sling, wrap, or SSC helps make your errands less frustrating. Babywearing makes traveling light and easy and you can leave the bulky stroller in the trunk!
A sling, or carrier can easily be stored in the car or diaper bag, making it easy to grab and go! It also makes being in a crowded place much less stressful.
It’s also a great option for getting baby to nap on the go! Baby can sleep while out and about with constant snuggles, which results in longer, uninterrupted sleep cycles. Hello ice tea & wandering the Target aisles while baby snoozes.
Not Just For Babies!
Feel like your baby has outgrown babywearing just because she’s crawling or walking? Think again!
Toddlerwearing is very beneficial, in those instances when your little one needs comfort, or is overstimulated, before/after a "meltdown". Wearing a toddler makes extended breastfeeding an option, reinforces parental bonding, and also encourages those wild & energetic little ones to stop and slow down every now and then! Tula makes a great toddler carrier that comes in handy for long days of walking when your toddler wants to be close and snuggle.
We hope you've loved learning more about babywearing and the many incredible benefits for the whole family! There is so much sweetness to enjoy when baby is close enough to kiss. We know we’ve shared a lot of information so far and we really encourage you to explore further amongst your friends and community to further your education on babywearing. Don’t forget to check our events calendar for upcoming Babywearing 101 classes at our Doulas of Orange County office in Irvine!
"A child may not know what direction he is going, but when he is attached to you, he doesn't feel lost”