Friday Focus: Babywearing – Beyond Bonding

Check out this very interesting article by my fellow Natural Parents Network Volunteer, Steffany Kerr. 


Beyond Bonding: The Power of Positioning in Babywearing


I am a whole-hearted believer in babywearing from birth. I wore and breastfed Abbey in a Moby wrap as an infant and as a toddler, she enjoyed being worn on my hip, chest, and back, while she accompanied me to work as a breastfeeding peer counselor for WIC. I truly got so little use out of our travel system stroller that it was in perfect condition for use when Joseph came along (because there are times when a stroller just makes more sense – like when Mama is shopping for clothes, or when we’re on a walk around the block and Abbey wants to stop and play with me at the parks).

Most recently, I have been wearing Joseph – who is ten months old now – in a variety of carriers, some of which I have made myself. I love the heart to heart cuddle time that I get wearing Joe upright on my chest, and now that he’s old enough and has enough muscle control, I sometimes wear him on my back if I’m doing chores or cooking. 

Recently, most of the napping Joe’s been doing has been in a carrier, on my chest (hence the lack of posts on Toddler In Tow!) . . . and when we’re out and about at the grocery store, running errands, or on a field trip to parks and museums, he definitely prefers to be worn than to be strolled most of the time. 

Steffany’s article shows just WHY this is. Babies not only prefer to be worn for emotional and physiological reasons – but being worn also promotes healthy physical development.

“Many studies have shown the physiological impact of having the baby close to the caregiver using this optimal upright positioning, including the regulating of body temperature, stabilization of the heart rate, and the lowering of anxiety in newborns and infants. We now [also] recognize the importance of achieving a natural spread squat position in a carrier, which mimics the baby’s physiological instinct to pull the legs up into a squat position in a way that honors the spine curvature.”

Neat, huh?

Ready for more information on baby wearing? I’ll be posting about baby wearing in the coming weeks, so check back soon!

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Do you wear your baby?

Comments

  1. Love this – I wore my daughter all the time. At 2 she is strutting that independent spirit and preferring to walk and hold hands now. Our second one will be snuggled up against me all the time. I love my carriers.

    Oh man this photo is so sweet. What a handsome little guy.

  2. Nessa, thanks for stopping by and for your lovely comment! Look forward to getting to know you better – I hope you visit Toddler In Tow again!

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