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12 Benefits of Babywearing for Mom and Baby

Babywearing is more than just convenience. It makes moms and babies healthier and happier.

Published July 28, 2018

by Nina Spears "The Baby Chick"

The Baby Chick®: Pregnancy, Birth & Postpartum Expert

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Families have practiced babywearing for generations. It is adored by so many parents and caregivers worldwide that there is even International Babywearing Week, a week-long opportunity to “celebrate, promote, advocate for, and focus attention on the many benefits of babywearing.”1 We all know it is convenient for the caregiver, but babywearing has many benefits for mom and baby!

12 Benefits of Babywearing

We love babywearing and are sharing its benefits so more families discover the ease, advantages, and joy of wearing their babies.

1. Builds a Stronger Bond Between Parent and Baby

When you wear your baby, you remain close to one another throughout the day. During the fourth trimester (the postpartum period), you learn about one another, and this closeness strengthens your bond. With your baby close, your child can hear your voice and sense your emotions. She is secure. Even when mom is busy with other things, a baby held — either in mom’s arms or a carrier or sling — is reassured by the physical contact.

2. Contact May Mean Baby Will Cry Less

A study conducted in North America shows that babies cried less when their parents were instructed to wear or carry them for several extra hours a day.2 La Leche League International says, “These findings confirm what our mothering instincts tell us — that plenty of loving contact does not ‘spoil’ a baby or make him more demanding, but makes him feel more comfortable and happy in his new world.” This is one of my favorite benefits of babywearing. A happy baby is quiet, alert, and ready to interact with people

3. Babywearing Helps a Baby Develop in Multiple Ways

Your baby wasn’t motionless in the womb, so why would they want to be motionless outside the womb in this strange, new world? Movement soothes babies. Don’t believe us? Try putting a sleeping baby down in her crib at nap time. You’ll find she prefers sleeping in mom and dad’s arms — right next to your heartbeat. This is her happy place. This is home. So, free your arms and bring your baby close.

4. Babywearing Makes Mom’s Life Easier

Babywearing allows the caregiver to be “hands-free.” She can wash dishes, prepare food for the family, pack backpacks and lunches, and even complete a laundry load with both hands. This gives her more time, and she is more efficient! Babywearing makes mom’s life easier because she can get everything she needs to get done while still snuggling with her baby.

5. Babies Are Easier To Lug Around Than a Car Seat

Ergonomically speaking, it’s a better choice for mom. No matter how light an infant car seat is, nothing is lighter than wearing your child. You have your whole back to distribute the weight to carry a baby comfortably. And let’s face it, there are some places where a stroller is impossible to push. Babywearing makes things easier to get around and keeps the baby happy.

6. When Baby Is Happy, Mommy Is Happy

Parents can tend to their babies more quickly and successfully when babywearing. With less crying, a baby is happy, which makes mommy happy. It also makes mommy feel more confident and competent as a new parent. The more empowered you feel the more you can relax and enjoy parenting — the ultimate benefit of babywearing.

7. Babywearing Can Help Contribute To a Baby’s Growth

Truth: the shorter the time between feedings, the higher the fat content in mama’s breast milk.3 Babywearing can help you breastfeed by allowing you to discreetly breastfeed hands-free at home or on the go. Not only that but being close to the baby also helps boost your breast milk production — something every new mother can appreciate!4

8. Babywearing Keeps Baby Safe

You can be sure that baby is breathing — regularly — which we all know is a significant source of comfort (especially for new moms). And when your baby is close to you, it minimizes extra hands from coming in contact with your little one. This means fewer germs, which equals healthy babies!

9. Wearing a Baby Helps You Stay Fit

Especially if you make a habit of working out with baby, having that extra weight around you as you squat down to lift the laundry basket and walk up and down the stairs throughout the day helps you burn more calories, all while bonding with your little one.

10. It Decreases the Risk of SIDS and Flat Head Syndrome

Feeling your chest rise and fall as you breathe in and out reminds baby to breathe. While they are on you, chest to chest, it also avoids direct pressure on their heads. They are often in car seats, strollers, cribs, and other contraptions. All the lying on their back puts direct pressure on their heads and increases Plagiocephaly (flat head syndrome). Babywearing helps decrease it.

11. Babywearing Is a Great Way To Help Develop Language Skills

Try it out and see what I mean. Do you find yourself chatting and narrating to baby as your day progresses? I know I do. Our babies learn by watching our faces and LOVE to hear our voices. This promotes early language development because they learn so much by watching our facial expressions and hearing our voice changes as we talk and converse with others throughout the day.

12. Babywearing Is Beautiful

Have you seen all of the pretty baby carriers and wraps available nowadays? There are so many that are beautiful. We are obsessed. And isn’t it sweet to see a parent or grandparent wearing a little one?

Babywearing is the best. And babywearing isn’t just for “babies.” Babywearing is also helpful for toddlers. A ride in the sling or carrier with mom (or dad) can help soothe and settle down a fussy toddler. Try it this week. You won’t regret it.

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