Babywearing is the easiest and most practical thing a parent can do. Do you really enjoy lugging around that car seat carrier? Is it really safe to have it balancing on the top of your shopping cart? There is a better way to go out on the town with baby. In simple terms, babywearing means using a sling or like product, to carry your infant or toddler. Natural Attachment stresses that parents not use baby back/front packs; these carriers do not properly support babies' heads and necks nor do they promote good spine development and babies can lose circulation to their legs if carried for long periods of time. We suggest using a sling with rings, a tie on sling or a wrap carrier.
Using a sling at first, can be mildly difficult to get the hang of, but once you learn, you will never forget and you won't want to be anywhere without your sling. You might try out our Babywearing class. There are hundreds of resources that show you how to use a sling, most of which you can find online. We suggest visiting www.peppermint.com, to see great pictures of how to use a sling and to see most of the types of slings there are to choose from.
Dr. William Sears includes babywearing as one of the eight principles of attachment parenting. He talks of the many great benefits of using a baby sling. The motion from being carried in a sling while mom or dad work, clean house or make dinner, stimulates a baby�s brain and makes her feel safe from close contact with caring parents. Most mothers and fathers say that they would be unable to get anything done if it were not for having a sling to carry the baby in. The use a sling leaves both of a parent�s hands free and prevents back strain and stress associated with improper posture from carrying heavy car seats.
Let's not forget about style either. Slings are stylish and they come in every color/pattern imaginable. Not only will you be able to do more with your child, but you will look great too!
Infant massage is another way to shower your baby with attention.
Infant massage has been practiced by other cultures for centuries. Many physicians have incorporated this ancient art into their practices, after observing the positive effects it has on infants. Research of the benefits of infant massage was started in the mid 1970's. All babies have shown that they have benefited from the nurturing touch of infant massage. Learn how to massage your infant or toddler here.
What are the benefits of infant massage?
- Relaxes Infant
It lessens tension, fussiness and irritability. Massage aides in digestion, relief of gas and colic.
- Enhances Bonding
Massage is a nurturing tool to covey love, the essential ingredient for a strong parent-baby attachment.
- Aids Growth and Development
Studies indicate increased weight gain, muscle development and immune function related to infant massage.
- Promotes Communication
Infant massage encourages parents to become more aware of baby's nonverbal cues.
Links To Other Websites About Babywearing And Products
10 Reasons to Wear Your Baby
Ask Dr. Sears About Babywearing
Babywearing Photos and Stories
Why wear your baby?
How, Why and Where
How to Baby Wear
MayaWrap Baby Carriers Instructional Video
Six easy directions on how to wear your baby
Different holds for the baby sling
Traditional Wrap Carries
New Native Baby Carrier Instructions
Baby sling tying tricks
Didymos Sling Directions for Use
How to use a Podegi (Korean blanket carrier)
Rebozo Wrap Instructions "Easy as 1-2-3"
Make Your Own Baby Sling
Make Your Own Rebozo Sling
Make Your Own Padded Sling
Make Your Own Tube/Pocket Sling
Make a Podeagi Sling
Makes Your Kid�s A Sling