Babywearing means just what it sounds like…you “wear” your baby. In cultures all over the world, babies have been worn in all kinds of carriers/slings since basically the beginning of time. Not only is it convenient for moms, who have their hands free…but there is growing evidence that this actually is highly beneficial to the babies as well.
Babies who are worn, or carried a lot, tend to cry less. The bounce and sway of the mom or other caregiver as they go about their daily chores, lulls the baby to sleep or into a state of calm. Baby is happy, Mommy is happy, the whole family is happy!
Contrary to popular cultural belief…you CANNOT “spoil” a baby by holding them too much! In fact, you actually do the baby great emotional harm if you DON’T hold them, especially while they are little and so greatly NEED your close physical contact!
This is such an easy thing to do, wearing your baby…and there are so very many options out there for doing this. Below are some links to my favorite baby carrier/slings and also some informative links to more information on the benefits of babywearing.
Baby Slings & Carriers
I’ve tried every one of these, and some I like more, some less…There’s really no ONE sling or carrier that I feel is the ONLY one you need…there are definitely benefits to having several different kinds. If you are interested in any of these, let me know (via the contact the Webmama in the menu to the right) because our AP group has a sling lending library and we have most of these available to checkout and try at home. Also feel free to email me if you have any questions about these slings. I like to help!
- Baby Bjorn
- Baby Bundler
- Baby Trekker
- Cuddle Karrier
- Didymos Baby Sling
- Heart To Heart Sling
- Loving Arms Baby Carrier
- Mei Tai Carrier
- New Native Baby Carrier
- Over The Shoulder Baby Holder— By far the most popular sling out there…sold locally by La Leche League Leaders
Info on Babywearing