Sakura Bloom sling too. is International Babywearing Month. Since I've been accused of needing a 12-step program for the number of slings & carriers we own, I thought I'd link up a few pictures to celebrate with her. Stop by her blog & leave a link to your babywearing story to enter to win a
|maya wrap at the library|
I'm not sure where I first noticed babywearing as a trend, but once Cassidy was born I became a believer. Both she & Kalea were always calmest when nestled up right under my chin beginning just days after they were born.
|babyhawk at a baseball game|
I know there has been controversy lately about the safety of babywearing & I'm glad that there are people out there who take the time to ensure child safety. The Baby Carrier Industry Alliance (BCIA) states however, in their position paper that "Using a soft baby carrier (“babywearing”) supports baby and mother’s biological need to be together. For mothers, it facilitates initiation and ease of breastfeeding as well as helps mothers form attachments to their babies, care for themselves and their babies during the newborn stage and avoid postpartum depression. In addition, babywearing is practical, comfortable and convenient for caregivers. For babies, it decreases infant crying, colic and infant acid reflux disease. It promotes healthy physical development of the spine, vestibular system, vision and other systems in babies. It optimizes the mental development of babies because worn babies have an enriched environment which, in turn, helps their brains to develop better. Babies in slings spend more time in the quiet alert state known to be optimal for learning and development. Further, it helps babies develop socially and keeps babies safe from the multitude of surrounding hazards of every day life." Check out BCIA on Facebook.
So that's a whole lot of words to say: I think my babies were better off close to me than anywhere else. They were (& still are!) happier, slept better & more content when in a sling, wrap or carrier than anywhere else. And, particularly with Kalea, it made me better able to cope, be productive & care for a toddler while caring for an infant. As far as safety goes, I followed the general rule that babies should be worn close enough to kiss. And, really, who doesn't like to be able to kiss a baby at any given moment. Mmmm, sweet baby smells.
So, even if you think it's not for you, I encourage you to try it for a few days just to see if babywearing might work for you. If nothing else you'll get some good snuggle time in with your little one. And, of course, if you need one to try, I've got plenty to share!
|moby wrap & kelty while snowshoeing|
|hotsling in Moab|
|ergo - newest purchase...love it for 3 y/o & 1 y/o!|