Babywearing Guide: Everything You Need To Know To Wear Your Baby
Babywearing or baby carrying is the method of carrying your baby or toddler in a baby slings and carriers. Babywearing is nothing new historically, for over centuries moms in the West wore their children and up today moms all around the world are still practicing babywearing due to its great reasons and benefits.
What are the babywearing benefits?
One of the most obvious benefits is convenience. You can do daily chores or you can go to places strollers can’t like hiking stairs etc. while your baby is in the baby carrier.
Babywearing supports breastfeeding. When a baby is held close mom can easily recognize signs of hunger and can begin to nurse without baby needing to cry. It also creates a closer bond between mom and baby as well.
Carried babies cry less. The study shows infants who received supplemental carrying cried and fussed 43% less overall.
Avoid spinal and cranial deformities. A baby who spends more time in car seats, baby swings or any other equipment can develop squaring of the cranium or spinal deformities. Proper carrying of a baby allows for natural development of spine, cranium, and postural muscles.
Three Main Types of Baby Carriers
Baby wearing sling or baby sling carriers is made with sturdy cloth that is usually over the shoulder baby holder, worn over one shoulder and across the torso. Slings are ideal as baby slings for newborns as small babies can easily cuddle into the fabric. Toddlers can also sit in the fabric like baby hip carrier and baby back carrier as a back carrier. Slings come in many fabrics, padded, without rings for adjustment. Jazslings Baby Slings is one of the examples of babywearing sling, it comes with different designs.
Baby wrap sling is a long piece of fabric that is wrapped around the torso and usually over both soldiers. Wraps are very versatile, Happy Baby Wraps is one of the examples. Happy Baby Wrap is made with ultra-soft organic bamboo, stylish, comfortable, and fully adjustable leaving you free to get things done while enjoying the closeness of your baby.
Soft Structured Carriers
A kind of carrier that is made of soft padded material sewn into more structured seat type with shoulder straps and possibly buckles. These carriers are more ergonomic and great for outdoor activities.
You can start wearing baby right from birth. Baby slings and baby wraps are ideal for newborns (check for guidelines or instructions how to use it) these slings can be used as baby grows up to toddlerhood.
Babywearing can be used as long as you both want. If the carrier supports healthy positioning you can continue to wear it during the days as you are both comfortable and up until baby reaches the weight limit.
There are questions to consider what is the best infant carrier right for you if you are not sure which carrier will work best for your lifestyle and yourself.
- Is the baby carrier comfortable for you and baby?
- Does it support baby’s hip development and natural spine?
- Is it easy to use and wear it on your own?
- Can baby nurse in it?
- How long will baby fit in the baby sling or carrier?
- Can it be used by newborn babies?
- What kind of materials used?
Always follow the T.I.C.K.S rule for baby sling safety.
- Tight – The sling should be tight with your baby
- In view at all times – You should always be able to see your baby’s face by simply looking down. Ensure your baby’s face, nose and mouth remain uncovered by the sling and/or your body.
- Close enough to kiss – Your baby should be close enough to your chin that by tipping your head forward you can easily kiss your baby on top of its head.
- Keep chin off chest – Ensure your baby’s chin is up and away from its body. Your baby should never be curled so that its chin is forced onto its chest as this can restrict breathing. Regularly check your baby. Babies can be in distress without making any noise or movement.
- Supported back – Your baby’s back should be supported in a natural position with its tummy and chest against you. When bending over, support your baby with one hand behind its back and bend at the knees, not at the waist.
For more information about baby slings, check out Jazslings Baby Slings online baby shop at www.jazslings.com.au.