Baby Wearing Benefits for Newborns

Wearing Your Baby Gives Then the Nurturing They Need to Thrive

For centuries, mothers all over the world have been wearing their newborns in slings and wraps to provide them with the kind of love, care, and nurturing they require to thrive.

During the first four months of life, an infant is digesting a lot of information. He enjoys nuzzling against his mother and listening to the sound of her voice and heart beats, sounds he remembers from the womb. Wearing your baby gives you the chance to indulge him with frequent interactions. Whether itís with a gentle smile or a soft touch, your baby will adore it.with a gentle smile or a soft touch, your baby will adore it.

Baby wearing helps you get to know your infant and become more responsive to his needs. When your baby starts to get fussy or irritated, youíre right there to reassure him. The result is a happier baby who spends less time crying and more time learning to trust you. Having close physical contact with your baby also encourages your body to release mothering hormones that lead to a stronger bonding experience between you and your baby.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, some newborns can sleep up to 18 hours a day, including naps. This may seem like a lot of sleep to us, but large amounts of rest is what helps babies keep pace with their rapid rate of growth. Baby wearing helps your baby keep a regular sleep schedule because he can snooze anywhere. Eating is also essential to an infantís growth. Since wearing your infant allows him to have curbside service to your milk supply, he can nurse when he needs to, with little impact on your schedule and other activities.

To reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), it is recommended that infants sleep on their backs. This combined with the time infants spend in car seat, hard carriers and swings can contribute to positional plagiocephaly, or as it is commonly known, flat head syndrome. Baby wearing keeps an infant from spending too much time on his back and reduces the risk of his head being flattened.

It is estimated that 13 percent of mothers experience postpartum depression. This can have a negative impact on the quality of care a mom gives to her newborn. Skin-to-skin contact has been shown to reduce the risk of postpartum depression in new mothers and increases their ability to provide their infants with the kind of care they deserve.

By physically responding to your bodyís ever-changing movements such as bending, stretching, turning, and walking, the muscles needed for your baby to lift his head and chest will be strengthened. So when the time is right, your little one will start bobbing his head up and down in an effort to explore his surroundings.

Baby wearing isnít just for moms anymore. Dads and grandparents can get in on the action too for unique bonding experiences with babies. Baby wearing infants are a great opportunity for new dads who havenít held a baby before, and might not feel comfortable holding a wiggling bundle of joy. By wearing baby in a wrap or sling, dad can enjoy wearing baby, and the newborn feels safe, comforted and loved while they are snuggled close to the people that care for them the most.

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