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The Ultimate Guide To Babywearing


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 is the founder of Kidskintha- an online parenting resource repository dedicated to jumpstarting conversations around millennial parenting, encouraging parents to bring their attention to words, thoughts and actions that will enable them to raise a well-rounded, empathic and motivated generation. You can also find her on the Huffington Post, Parent.co, Entrepreneur, Lifehack, TinyBuddha and many other publications.
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