43% less overall and 54% less during evening hours. 1
They gain weight faster, have better motor skills, coordination, increased
muscle tone, and sense of balance. 2, 5, 7
Get a better view of the world.
Babies pushed in strollers or lugged
around in car seats only get to see the adult world at knee level.
Become Independent Faster.
Making them confident and less clingy. 3
They fall asleep quicker and sleep for longer periods of time. 4
Learn More. Not over stimulated,
but calm and alert, observing and taking
in the world around them. 5
Are Happier. They feel loved and
Parents who wear their baby:
Enables better communication between you
and your baby (without your baby having to
cry) as you become attuned to your baby’s facial expressions and other gestures.
Creates confident parents.
There’s no better feeling than when your baby is calm and content because you
have met all of his or her needs.
Nothing is more awkward than carrying a heavy plastic car seat
with one arm!
Allows you to safely move about with your
regardless of terrain; you can stroll down uneven sidewalks, squeeze through
heavy crowds, narrow lanes, walk up stairs, or climb mountains.
Does wonders for your spirit.
Encourages you to get out and breath in the air and let the sun shine warmly on
your face with your little one
Encourages weight bearing exercise.
Lactating mothers will lose less bone mass by carrying with them the extra
weight of their babes.
Makes discreet nursing
possible without having to find a place
Helps you to interact with your other
children while holding your little one
close at the same time.
Babies are vulnerable in their first four months of life. They require constant supervision, which is why baby
wearing is critical to the well-being of infants. It keeps newborns in the
safest possible place; in the parents arms, with baby's face visible to the wearer. Your baby should be in the same position in which you would hold him
in your arms. Check your baby's position by
embracing him after settling him into the carrier; his position should not
shift significantly in your embrace.
When using any baby carrier, please keep the following safety tips in
Read and follow all manufacturers’ instructions
for use, and watch any included DVDs, if applicable.
Ensure you can see baby's face at all times. Do
not let baby's face press into your body. Do not cover baby's face with a
blanket, sling fabric, nursing covers, etc.
Baby's head and neck must be gently and
completely supported, with chin off chest. If baby's chin is pressed tightly to
baby's chest, this can restrict baby's airway. Check to ensure you can slip
your finger between baby's chin and chest to check for correct positioning.
Consult an expert if your infant was born with a
low birth weight, such as a preemie or twins, or if the infant has respiratory
illness or other respiratory problems. Extra vigilance is required with these
After nursing in a carrier, remove baby from
breast and return baby to proper carrying position with head above the breasts
and face free of fabric and turned away from the mother's body.
Attend to and check on baby often, especially
those less than 4 months of age.
When first trying on your baby carrier, make sure that your
baby is fed, changed and generally happy. Then once baby is in, get moving! Go
for a walk, clean your house or just bounce around. The more you move, the less
focused your baby is on the new way you are holding them and more on the
environment and motion. If movement still doesn't help, try a new carrying
position if your carrier allows.
The earlier you begin baby wearing, the more
your baby is used to being worn. This makes them more adaptable to different
carriers and positions. If you are starting with a newborn, you will experience
less resistance to being worn than the potential of it happening with an older,
more aware baby. However, with small 5-10 min intervals of baby wearing, soon
your older child will accept this new bonding experience. Also, if older babies
have a preference in the way you hold them, wear them the same way. This will
make your carrier less “different” to them.
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