Benefits of carrying your baby

September 7th, 2023
Posted in Article, Postnatal

Baby carrying, also known as babywearing, has several benefits for both the baby and the caregiver. Here are some of the benefits:

Bonding: Baby carrying promotes a strong bond between the caregiver and the baby. The close physical contact helps the baby feel secure and loved, while the caregiver can respond quickly to the baby’s needs.

Hands-free convenience: Carrying a baby in a carrier or sling allows the caregiver to have their hands free for other tasks. This can be particularly helpful for parents who need to multitask or have other children to care for.

Calming effect: The gentle motion and close proximity to the caregiver can have a calming effect on babies. It can help soothe them when they are fussy or having trouble falling asleep.

Developmental benefits: Baby carrying can support healthy physical and cognitive development. The upright position in a carrier can help strengthen the baby’s neck and back muscles, while the caregiver’s movements can stimulate the baby’s senses and promote brain development.

Breastfeeding support: Baby carriers can make breastfeeding more convenient, allowing the caregiver to nurse the baby while on the go or in public.

Social interaction: When a baby is carried in a carrier or sling, they are at eye level with the caregiver and can observe and interact with the world around them. This can help stimulate their social and cognitive development.

It’s important to note that baby carrying should be done safely, following the manufacturer’s instructions and ensuring proper positioning and support for the baby.

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