Tuesday, February 24, 2009
But I realized one thing. I have to constantly move around when I'm wearing her. If I sit or stand still, she would huffed and puffed and tried to wriggle her way out like she's being forcefully wrapped. Unless, of course, if she is sleeping...
I find myself smiling whenever I see (young) fathers carrying their babies like that. Cute.
Some benefits of babywearing:
- Babywearing enables the mother to be acutely aware of her baby's cues and signals and heightens her perception of her child's needs.
- Babywearing reduces crying and fussiness by up to 51%, with parents feeling more competent and nurturing toward their children.
- Being in close physical contact with a parent provides a baby with a rich learning environment where all of their most important needs can be met - food, warmth, love and touch
- Babies who are carried learn more, stimulating brain development and expanding their future learning potential.
- Babywearing increases cardiac output, improves circulation, promotes respiration and aids in digestion.
- Babywearing provides the exact level and kind of stimulation an infant requires, energizing their nervous system and creating a quiet, calm alertness in the infant.
- Babywearing decreases the levels of stress hormones circulating in a baby's blood stream, resulting in a more relaxed, happy baby
- Frequently carried babies fall asleep quickly and will usually sleep deeper and for longer periods of time in the comfort of their sling.
- Babywearing develops the muscles needed for the infant to sit, stand and walk.
- Babywearing enhances motor skills by stimulating the baby's vestibular system (balance organs) by exposing the baby to a variety of sights, sounds and motion,.
- Babies worn in slings feel safe and secure which helps to foster a solid sense of self.
- Babywearing offers easy access to the infant's food source - mothers' breast milk, without having to stop or sit down.
Labels: Mommyhood and Baby