It’s no secret that we love babywearing at Izmi Baby, but don’t just take our word for it! We spoke to Midwife and Health Visitor Katie Hilton to ask her what the top 10 benefits of babywearing are, read on to find out….
If you have a newborn baby at home, you’re more than likely spending hours carrying them around, but don’t worry, this is totally normal! Your newborn wants to be near you and to be held by you, usually 24/7! But this can make all your everyday activities a little bit tricky, how are you going to make lunch, make those important phone calls or put on a load of washing? The answer in one word is babywearing!
Babywearing is basically wearing or carrying your baby using a special carrier. The act of babywearing dates all the way back to Nomadic people who used to wear their babies to make travelling easier. Families throughout Africa and Mexico and lots of other parts of the world continue to use traditional baby carriers as part of their everyday life. Over the last 10-15 years babywearing has become more popular in the United Kingdom. The main reason for this is because babywearing provides the best of both worlds, a loving way to hold your baby and the convenience of being hands-free, there’s also lots of other benefits as explained below.
1 – It’s amazing for travelling with your baby!
Babywearing enables you to go places without having to take along a pushchair, it’s much easier to get from one place to the other, it keeps your hands free for browsing in the shops and picking things up and it makes it easier to just get up and go when you need to nip out quickly.
2 – People will keep their hands off your baby!
A baby carrier keeps your baby protected in a little cocoon, keeps away germs and prevents all those people who want to stop and coo over your baby, from putting their hands all over them. Nobody wants random strangers reaching in and touching their baby, it’s so much easier to do this when your baby is in a pram or pushchair than it is to try to get to a baby in a carrier.
3 – It helps to soothe your baby!
Research has proven that babies who are close to their parent’s chest cry less, especially during the evening hours so don’t just use your carrier during the daytime, use it at home and when out & about. The more you wear your baby, the happier little one will be and the more time they’ll spend in a quiet alert state, which is the state in which a baby learns the most.
4 – It helps to develop cognitive and social development!
When babies spend less time crying, they spend more time learning and interacting with the environment around them. Babies who are worn in a baby carrier are also able to see everything their parents see, hear and say and become more involved in your everyday life. Having your baby close to you also allows you to respond to their cues much more quickly and easily. All of this can help to develop your babies cognitive and social skills and improve their overall wellbeing.
5 – It’s great for their health and well-being!
Wearing your baby enables you to carry them in a position that is beneficial to their physical health and development. It helps to prevent flat head syndrome, seen often in babies who are frequently lying flat, and also promotes healthy digestion, which will be really helpful if your baby is suffering with colic and reflux.
6 – You can breastfeed discreetly!
It can take a little time to master, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be able to breastfeed easily without anyone noticing, especially if using something such as the Izmi Baby Wrap.
7 – You get to be hands-free!
Being hands-free, means you can do chores around the house, cook, go for a walk and be more present if you have other children. If you have a toddler, then when you go out & about you’ll be able to hold hands and nobody will feel left out.
8 – It’s a fabulous way to bond with your baby!
When you wear your baby, you are more likely to talk and interact with them, having them close and napping in a carrier is a great way to replicate those feelings they once experienced in the womb. During that bonding time, you are also easier able to respond to your baby’s cues and you will learn to recognize them much quicker and be able to meet their needs, which in turn will help you to feel more confident as a parent.
9 – It can help to reduce the risk of postnatal depression!
The boost of confidence you get when wearing your baby can help with the transition to motherhood and enhance your mental wellbeing. Being able to get out of the house quickly and easily with your baby can also help to break that feeling of social isolation, making it much easier to go for a walk, stay active or just meet up with friends. Babywearing also vastly increases the amount of time you are skin-to-skin with your baby, which has been shown to also reduce the incidence of postnatal depression.
10 – Other people can get involved!
Baby carriers can be used by a whole host of people, not just mum. Your partner, family and friends can also get involved and bond with your baby. It’s a great activity for your partner to do at any time of the day to help soothe your baby, bond with their baby or just take little one out with them for a walk.
So why not make 2020 the year you try babywearing! Send us your babywearing tips and pics of all the benefits you enjoy on #IzmiAdventures