Medical professionals agree that infants thrive through touch; “wearing” your baby is another way to meet this need. The benefits of babywearing don’t end there … babywearing offers many other advantages, some of which include:
Happy Babies. It’s true … carried babies cry less! In a study published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers found that babywearing for three hours a day reduced infant crying by 43 percent overall and 54 percent during evening hours.
Healthy Babies. Premature babies and babies with special needs often enter the world with fragile nervous systems. When a baby rides in a sling attached to his mother, he is in tune with the rhythm of her breathing, the sound of her heartbeat, and the movements his mother makes—walking, bending, and reaching. This stimulation helps him to regulate his own physical responses. Research has even shown that premature babies who are touched and held gain weight faster and are healthier than babies who are not.
Confident Parents. A large part of feeling confident as a parent is the ability to read our babies’ cues successfully. Holding our babies close in a sling allows us to become finely attuned to their movements, gestures, and facial expressions. Every time a baby is able to let us know that she is hungry, bored, or wet without having to cry, her trust in us is increased, her learning is enhanced, and our own confidence 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.
Loving Caregivers. Baby carriers are a great bonding tool for fathers, grandparents, adoptive parents, babysitters, and other caregivers. Imagine a new father going for a walk with his baby in a sling. The baby isbecoming used to his voice, heartbeat, movements, and facial expressions, and the two are forging a strong attachment of their own. Baby carriers are beneficial for every adult in a baby’s life. Cuddling up close in the sling is a wonderful way to get to know the baby in your life, and for the baby to get to know you!
Comfort and Convenience. With the help of a good carrier, you can take care of older children or do chores without frequent interruptions from an anxious or distressed infant—which helps to reduce sibling rivalry. Baby carriers are also wonderful to use with older babies and toddlers; you can save those arms and go where strollers can’t. Climbing stairs, hiking, WORKING OUT and navigating crowded airports all can be done with ease when you use a well-designed baby carrier!
Source – www.babywearinginternational.org
In the years spent developing CARiFiT we have worked alongside many babywearing experts and educators.
We strongly support and encourage all parents to learn and follow the TICKS guidelines for safe babywearing and apply them to the fitting of whatever carrier they have chosen…remember that any carrier fitted properly can be used for your CARiFiT workout.
You can get a FREE TICKS download by clicking HERE
We have tried, tested and encountered almost every carrier available on the market and at our live classes we are getting constant, numerous and honest feedback and information regarding parents actual experiences with their carriers and theirs babies comfort and happiness.
Before we filmed our first Virtual series we felt it was important to partner with a carrier brand that shared our passion for looking after parents and had years of experience creating carriers that both babies and parents absolutely love. We want our online workouts to showcase not only great exercise habits but also great babywearing practice.
Step forward Close Parent and the amazing Caboo range. You have probably already heard of Caboo – you may already own one but if not and you would like to find our more simply CLICK HERE to shop their entire range.