The ancients knew a lot about the benefits of baby wearing and now science has finally caught up to reveal those amazing benefits.
According to a study from the Pediatrics Journal, babies who were carried cried 43% less than their peers who were not, and 54% less during the overnight hours. Premature babies particularly benefit from being worn because they are more in tune with their mother's breathing, her heartbeat and her movements. This stimulation helps him regulate his own physical responses. They also gain weight faster and have healthier immune systems.
Fathers can baby wear too! And let's face it, there is nothing sexier than seeing a man wear his baby. This provides a great bonding tool for fathers when the mother is breastfeeding. Anyone caring for the baby can wear them, grandparents, foster parents, adoptive parents, babysitters, everyone! Cuddling is a great way to introduce the baby to their world.
You can do almost anything when you wear your baby is a carrier that is comfortable and safe for both of you. You want to remember the acronym TICKS. Make sure that the baby is "T"ight to your body. Keep them "I"n view at all times. They should be "C"lose enough for you to kiss. "K"eep their chin off their chest. Make sure their back is "S"upported. The baby's airway should remain open at all times. It's important that your carrier provides adequate support for their developing neck and back. Always keep your baby facing you, never facing out. Facing out increases the risk of hip dysplasia, a condition where the hip becomes dislocated. It can happen when the baby faces out because the hip bone is not supported with the knee joint. The carrier allows the baby's legs to dangle, hence the term "crotch dangler".
Always inspect the carrier for wear or damage before use. Always use common sense when babywearing. Do not do any activities that would be unsafe for baby in the case of injury. Examples of this would be in moving vehicles, boats, bicycles, etc. Avoid situations where it would be unsafe to carry an infant in your arms.
Learn more about babywearing, safety and types of carriers at Carry Me Away.