Benefits of babywearing for baby... and parents!

Posted by Laurel McCarthy | 12.01.2013

Babywearing is good for Babies…

Carried babies…
• Cry less! Babies who are carried cry 43% less overall and 54% less during evening hours.[1]
• Are Healthier! They gain weight faster, have better motor skills, coordination, increased muscle tone, and sense of balance. [2, 5, 7]
• Get a great view!
• Are Confident! Carried babies are confident and less clingy than babies who are not carried. [3]
• Sleep Better! Babies who are carried fall asleep more quickly and sleep for longer periods of time. [4]
• Learn More! Carried babies spend more time in the calm and alert state, observing and taking in the world around them. [5]
• Are Happier! They feel loved and secure. [6]


…and it’s good for Caregivers, too!

Carrying your baby or toddler…
• Enables you to communicate with your baby (without your baby having to cry!) as you become attuned to your baby’s facial expressions and other gestures.
• Creates confident parents- it’s a great feeling when your baby is calm and content because you have met all of his or her needs.
• Is convenient! no more dealing with heavy plastic car seats or trying to navigate crowds with a stroller!
• Allows you to safe go pretty much anywhere with your baby, regardless of terrain: you can stroll cobblestone streets, skip across streams, walk on the beach, or climb mountains!
• Is healthy for you!  Babywearing encourages you to get out and exercise with your little one.
• Makes discreet nursing possible while on the go – no more looking for a place to sit!
• Helps you to care for your other children while holding your little one close at the same time.

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