Guest Blog - Real Life Babywearing from Carry You Anywhere
Real Life Babywearing
You have probably seen pictures all over Facebook and Instagram of beautiful women leaning up against a brick wall looking lovingly at their adorable babies that are snug and secure next to their mothers in a carrier that perfectly matches both of their outfits. Both Mom and baby are smiling, the carriers are stunningly beautiful and everything is wonderful. You think to yourself, “I love the idea of a baby carrier but I don’t need another fashion accessory and I already have the stroller on my registry.” Yes, babywearing can be a fashion statement, but when it plain old comes down to it, babywearing is a life saver! Here are the top five ways that babywearing will save your life over the first few months of parenthood:
1. That adorable, snuggly, squishy newborn is going to want to be held and cuddled, a lot, during those first few months. For nine months we carry our babies on the inside and they constantly hear our heartbeats and sync with the rhythm of our breath. When our babies are born, it’s a whole new world for them and babywearing gives us the ability to provide that closeness and helps with baby’s transition to life outside the womb. Carried babies cry less - a carried baby is a happy baby, and that leads to happier parents!
2. Wearing your baby in a carrier gives you back you hands. It is always surprising how heavy a seven pound newborn can feel after carrying him around with just one arm for an hour. Once secured in a carrier, your little one can safely snuggle into your chest, settle down and fall asleep. Your hands will be free to do things that you have taken for granted up until now, such as eating lunch. You will be able to vacuum, do laundry, take the dog for a walk, chase after an older sibling, brush your teeth and, don’t laugh, go to the bathroom.
3. Babywearing gives you the ability to take your family wherever you want to go regardless of the adventure. Strollers are amazing for long walks on flat surfaces but they just don’t cut it if you want to get off the beaten path. Many new parents worry that their little bundle will impede on their ability to explore but with a carrier, taking on airports, beaches, farmers markets, professional and local sports games, and hiking becomes not only possible, but practical.
4. Everybody loves babies. Once your baby is born, you will have an onslaught of visitors who want to kiss and cuddle and smell your sweet baby’s head. Some may be welcomed while others aren’t. Holding your baby in a carrier helps to keep unwanted visitors or strangers at the store at bay.
5. Babywearing will give you a sense of calm and confidence. A large part of feeling confident as a parent is the ability to read our babies’ cues without having to frantically guess. Holding our babies close in a carrier gives us a unique situation where we can be finely in tuned to their movements, gestures, and facial expressions. When we respond to our babies’ cues, their trust in us is increased and our own confidence as parents is reinforced. This cycle of positive interaction deepens the mutual attachment between parent and child, and is especially beneficial for mothers who are at risk for or suffering from postpartum depression.
Babywearing is truly magical. It helps strengthen the bond between parent and baby and it aids in baby’s physical, emotional and early language development. Babies get to discover their new world from the safety and comfort of your own body. As they grow and learn to walk, babies still want to come back to their safe place after bumps and bruises or being overwhelmed in the park. Babywearing calms both babies and toddlers alike and gives parents another tool with which they can take on the day while keeping their babies safe and happy. If you are trying to decide what carrier might best suit the needs of your family or if you need some help using a carrier you currently own, visit my website, www.carryyouanywhere.com, or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the benefits a babywearing consult.