Baby Wearing

Mom wearing cute baby in a slingBaby wearing is the practice of carrying your newborn or older baby by using a pouch sling, ring sling, or wrap. It has long been practiced in more traditional societies and its benefits are slowly being recognized in the care of modern babies. So what are the benefits of wearing your baby and how does this fit in with your modern lifestyle?

Helps a new mother bond with her baby and learn the baby's cues

Baby wearing assists a new mother into recognizing her baby's cues such as hunger, tiredness and elimination. The close proximity to each other also helps with bonding and has been shown to increase confidence in mothers and decrease the incidence of post partum depression.

Helps to establish breastfeeding

Wearing your newborn in a sling helps to stimulate the production of breast milk and allows your baby to feed when needed. This is important in the first few weeks when a baby needs to feed often and you're learning to nurse.

Reduced fussiness and crying

A baby who is in close proximity to their mother is typically less fussy and is not as prone to crying compared to babies who are not carried. You are able to attend to your baby's needs much more quickly. Studies have shown a reduction in stress hormones in babies who are worn in comparison to babies who are not. In addition, the incidence of colic and reflux is reduced because the upright position assists digestion.

Optimizes infant growth and development

Babies are able to learn about the world from the safety of their sling and are exposed to a greater range of experiences than babies who are not worn. They also experience a greater range of motion and movement, with their muscles developing through being exercised when moving with their mother. Babies will tend to sleep for longer periods and more deeply when they are being worn as opposed to sleeping in a crib.

How will I fit this into my modern life?

It's surprisingly easy. Although babies sleep a lot, they are also awake for several hours a day and in that time need to be taken care of. By wearing your baby in a sling or wrap you can accomplish many of the regular household activities that would be impossible otherwise. As an added bonus, wearing your baby helps to strengthen core abdominal muscles, arms, and legs, plus improve your overall fitness.

Once the realm of hippies and other alternative types, many more parents are recognizing that baby wearing has a place in a modern mother's toolkit. Even celebrities such as Naomi Watts, Julia Roberts, and Keri Russell have all been seen wearing their babies. It takes a bit of practice but once you get the hang of it you'll be surprised how easy it is. Many mothers wear their babyies full time, but not everybody is comfortable with that. Even an hour or two a day will result in significant benefits to you and your baby.

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32 comments

  1. Diana says:

    very true i actually love the idea of havnig my little one near

  2. Mrs. Dread says:

    Ive yet to be able to use it (as baby isn’t due til May), but I have a homemade Moby wrap that I cannot wait to try. I made one as a shower gift a year or so ago for a girlfriend and she said she loved it. FYI – for the price of 5-6 years of jersey knit fabric, you can have your very own custom moby.. 🙂

  3. Flo says:

    Very good info, I will add this to my list of items to get…

  4. BabyKurth#1 says:

    Very helpful article. I look forward to using my sling 🙂

  5. Tina says:

    Good info. I didn’t realise that it would help the baby so much. I just thought it would make things easier for the mother.

  6. I bought a used Baby Bijorn at a consignment sale and was given a Moby Wrap….I can’t wait to try them both out with baby to see which he or she likes better and what works better for us and our lifestyle!

  7. Marilyn says:

    I haven’t though of doing that yet lol

  8. Jeanetta says:

    I’m excited about wearing my baby, I have 3 carriers and I don’t like any of them…ugh

  9. verochka31 says:

    have not done the baby wearing with my four children that I have but am considering with 5th

  10. Janice says:

    It would be good for the mom as well as the child. I think I would have liked to wear my babies.

  11. Deedee says:

    Good basic information. Unfortunately there is a lot of "bad" information about what carriers are good and what are not. There have been death in baby carriers meant to keep baby secure. The Babywearing Institute has a lot more information on what is safe and what is not. There is a ton to learn from a certified babywearing educator and worth every penny. Even ring slings can be uncomfortable if not worn correctly. The picture is also showing an unfavorable hold for baby as the hip will not develop as best as possible. I wore all our children but did it correctly with education to make sure baby’s hip and spine is supported correctly. It is a wonderful way to establish a close relationship that lasts through eternity.

  12. Nikki says:

    I LOVED my Over the Shoulder Baby Holder. Used it with all 3 of mine. Moby wraps are also very popular and I have several friends who love theirs.

  13. Nikki says:

    I wore/wear all 3 of my boys :-). I used the Over the Shoulder Baby Holder which is a ring sling. Loved it!!!! I used it with the 1st 2 up until the toddler years to do the hip carry and plan to do the same with my 15 week old youngest.

  14. Hope says:

    Look around online or in stores. There are cheaper ones.

  15. Hope says:

    My partner and I will both be using this.

  16. JadedMoss says:

    Julie, if you go on to slingrings.com you’ll find patterns on how to make slings. Good luck.

  17. JadedMoss says:

    I use my slings all the time. @Julie if you want to know how to make them go to slingrings.com I make mine and it saves you a ton of money. It also helps to tighten your abs up after the birth.

  18. Julie says:

    I am going to use a sling, but they are costly. May learn how to make one before the baby arrives.

  19. The moby wrap gets great reviews and has instructional videos online that look pretty easy however, they are a little pricey. If you google moby wrap there are websites that offer instructions on making your own as the moby wrap is a simple piece of fabric.

  20. Angela says:

    I loved this for my baby. It always seemed to calm her down, even if she was super fussy. I can’t and couldn’t live without my sling!

  21. SammysMOMMY says:

    A sling is one thing that I do not have yet. Looks like I would enjoy using one when my son is born!

  22. signs4him says:

    All the women in my town swear by the Maya sling. They are a little expensive (I was lucky to get one as a gift) but they are easy to use and there are different positions you can wear it in depending on the size/age of your baby

  23. Leeana says:

    The term baby wearing sounds weird, like their an accessory to our outfits. Anyways, I love to carry my baby in her sling, keeps us close, my hands free, and upper body working out

  24. Leeana says:

    for the free code you can use Babytalk6

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