Forget fancy strollers and high-tech car seats. Wearing your little one is the latest trend in the baby world!
What is baby wearing?
The term baby wearing has been used to describe the ancient and recently revived custom of carrying infants in cloth carriers against a parents body. Although it has recently been gaining popularity in western society, many cultures around the world have been using this method of baby transport continuously for centuries.
There are numerous benefits to baby wearing for both parent and infant. Its been shown that infants who are carried are generally calmer because all of their primal/survival needs are met. Their caregiver can be seen, heard, smelled, touched and provide feeding if needed. Skin-to-skin contact is maintained and a strong bond between baby and parent is established.
The rhythm and constant motion a baby experiences when being work has a balancing and soothing effect that can result in less crying and fussing. Furthermore, baby wearing offers parents the freedom to multi-task while attending to their little one a more hands-free approach to child care. In fact, many moms often master the art of baby wearing and breastfeeding at the same time! (Go Mom!)
From a chiropractic perspective, it is also a safer, back-saving alternative to lugging around a heavy, bulky car seat.
How should I wear my baby?
There are correct and incorrect ways to wear your baby, and certain safety precautions must be considered. The ideal way to baby wear is with baby in front, facing the parent with legs spread apart and legs bent at a 90-degree angle in a seated position. This position is ideal for healthy, natural development of the hip joint and limits potential for future hip problems.
Other methods that also work well are the side carry method on the parents hip, or the back carrying method with legs flexed. Both of these methods may be used as baby gets older.
Here are a few more guidelines and safety basics:
Studies show that baby wearing provides an ideal environment for child development.
As with any skill, baby wearing can take a bit of practice but the benefits are amazing!
Do you have questions about baby wearing or infant development? Feel free to contact Dr Aliya here.