Benefits of Babywearing
There are far too many good things about babywearing to list on one page, but here are some benefits for your baby and some benefits for you too. If you have any questions or concerns or would just simply like to know more about the benefits of babywearing please feel free to contact us.
Benefits for your Baby
Settled, safe, secure and comforted:
Baby is exactly where they want to be – with you! Because you’re so close, they’ll feel safe and secure that their needs are able to be met. They will be comforted by the rhythmic movement of your breathing, heartbeat and walking. Caring physical contact with young babies aids the healthy development of their brain and babies who are carried regularly have more stable heart and breathing rates. That means that all of that energy that isn’t wasted on crying can be spent on learning.
Good head, spine, pelvis and hip support to aid optimal physical development:
Baby’s spine and legs are fully and comfortably supported in the most optimal position for healthy spine and hip development. They are not lying on a flat or rigid surface that could hold them in an unnatural or uncomfortable posture, and the tiny physical adjustments that they have to make to the movements of carrying help to develop their muscle tone and sense of balance. Being carried in an upright, tummy-to-tummy position in a sling or carrier can be a great alternative to ‘tummy-time’ for a baby, promoting healthy development of the upper body muscles and reducing the risk of ‘flat head’ problems (positional plagiocephaly).
Izmi carriers are recognised as “Hip-Healthy” by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute. When properly fitted and adjusted, our carriers will sit your baby in a comfortable position supporting their hips and joints. The optimum Hip Healthy position for your baby is with their legs in a natural ‘froggy legged’ or ‘squat’ position, with their thighs fully supported by the fabric of the carrier, and their knees higher than their bottom. This is particularly important whilst your baby’s joints and muscles are still developing, and especially during their first six months when their hip joints are very soft and immature.
Benefits of this Hip Healthy positioning include:
– Recommended for healthy hip development
– Supports good positioning for your baby’s pelvis and spine
– Improves ergonomic weight distribution for you, making carrying more comfortable.
Upright position can help colicky symptoms:
Being held in an upright position with the gently pressure of your body against their tummy whilst being gently moved helps your baby to digest more effectively, and to more easily keep down what should stay down and to get rid of whatever’s causing discomfort. Babies who are carried regularly tend to be more settled during the day, and sleep better at night.
Part of the social & physical world around them:
When high up in your carrier your baby is being held at the level that things happen at! They can see your face, learning from your expressions and responses to their own first attempts at communicating. When you talk to other people, they are a part of the conversation and can share the experience with you. Your baby is also in a great position to see and hear the physical world around them – if they want to. With all the new things they are experiencing, babies can be easily over-stimulated so it’s just as important that they can choose to turn away from it all if they want to or when they get tired.
Benefits For Parents
Close to your baby:
You are always close to your baby and they can snuggle into you in a lovely permahug! Being in close proximity to your baby has been shown to aid parent-baby bonding. Through the magic of Oxytocin, the more you hug your baby, the happier it makes you! Holding your baby close to you using a sling or carrier has also been shown to improve breastfeeding outcomes too.
Aware of and can easily monitor baby’s changing needs and wellbeing:
You have the reassurance that you’ll immediately notice if baby needs something, or if anything is wrong with them. Being so close to your baby helps you to ‘tune in’ to how they communicate what they want. Babywearing from birth can also help in establishing successful breastfeeding.
Convenient and Hands Free:
Carrying your baby in a baby carrier allows you to have complete freedom while keeping your baby comfortable and secure. With baby calmer and more settled, you’ll have less stress and more time to meet some of your needs (as well as those of older children). Rather than using a push chair to navigate busy streets and supermarket aisles a sling allows you to keep your little one conveniently close while having both of your hands free!
Good for you:
Using a supportive and well-fitting baby carrier will support and protect your spine, abdominal and pelvic floor muscles. Strength training helps to counter the reduction in bone density that naturally occurs while breastfeeding, protecting against future oseoporosis. Plus you’ll be carrying at least 3kg more in weight, which burns significant calories too!
Comfortable and Supportive:
If well fitted and used correctly, baby carriers are very comfortable to use for significant lengths of time. Babies naturally fit against your body and when supported close to your centre of gravity they are much more comfortable to carry than a rucksack or other load of similar weight.
We think that babywearing is fantastic for many reasons! Each family will find their own benefits of being able to comfortably carry their baby or toddler regularly.