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.

Wear Your Baby On Your Sleeve- Soul Slings

This infographic by 10elite.com will help you understand the nuts and bolts of good babywearing.

 

 

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Devishobha Chandramouli

Devishobha is the founder of Kidskintha- a global parenting and education collective, and the host of the global virtual conferences hosted on the platform. You can also find her voice on the Huffington Post, Mother.ly, Entrepreneur, Lifehack, TinyBuddha, Thought Catalog and many other publications.

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