What are the advantages of babywearing?
One of the best things about babywearing is how close you get to be to your baby. It makes skin-to-skin time very easy, and encourages attachment. It also makes it easy to be aware of their needs. Are they too hot? Too cold? Hungry, tired? When your baby is right against you it’s easy to determine how they’re feeling before they start crying. And who doesn’t love having a warm little body snuggled against them, just waiting to be kissed?
When your baby is close to you, it’s easy to engage with them. You can chat with them, point out interesting things, and just generally be more present. It’s a lot harder to do this when baby is a foot or two away from you in the stroller.
When you have a baby that just doesn’t want to be put down, and you also have to run around after a toddler, life can get pretty crazy. A carrier can give you two free hands, and make that situation a lot easier. Carriers can also go many more places than a stroller: up the stairs, along that hiking trail, or over a bumpy sports field.
This is really another convenience, but it honestly deserves its own category. When you’re out and about and baby needs to eat, it can be difficult to sit down and find a quiet place to nurse. With a carrier it’s very simple to just shift your baby into the right position and go about your tasks. The carrier keeps you mostly covered, and you can have your arms free for whatever you need to do.
Strollers are definitely useful items to own, and there are times when it makes more sense to use one. But for forming a solid attachment with your child, babywearing can’t be beat.
This blog is written by momstown Milton Blogger Lesley Stankaitis. Click here to read more of her blogs.