Babywearing is the practice of carrying the baby in a sling or other baby carriers. Though babywearing primarily evolved as a convenient baby transport mechanism in the industrialized world, it also bears immense psychological benefits for both the mother and the baby.
Babywearing is a phase in both the infant and the parents’ lives that requires careful thought. Here’s why:
- The mothers’ happy hormones or oxytocin levels increase through the physical contact with the infant resulting in better parental care, maternal bonding, easier breastfeeding and lower incidence of postpartum depression.
- Fathers who indulge in babywearing are known to have better bonding with their babies.
- Seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, tasting, feeling motion along with the caregiver and constantly experiencing parental rhythms, calms down the infant providing a better environment for neural development, respiratory and gastrointestinal health and better muscle tone development.
- Babies are closer to people and can study facial expressions, learn languages faster and be familiar with body language.
In a nutshell, babywearing is not just a convenience, but an essential and simple tool for the smooth development of the child.
This infographic by 10elite.com will help you understand the nuts and bolts of good babywearing.