The Benefits of Babywearing (continued)
||Bond with your baby
Babies who are worn in a baby carrier, sling or wrap are significantly more likely to demonstrate a strong and secure attachment to their mothers, according to a study done at Columbia University.
Advances baby's learning abilities
Babies spend more time in a "quiet, alert state" when carried - the ideal state for learning. Studies indicate that 'worn' babies have improved visual and auditory alertness relative to children that are frequently left on the floor or in a crib or playpen. Other studies indicate that carried babies have improved speech development since they are more directly exposed to normal adult conversation and everyday life.
Enables caregiver to have hands free
Babywearing enables caregivers to to keep baby close and safe while still having both hands free. Caregivers have the freedom to care for other children and tend to everyday tasks while carrying their baby close to their heart.
|Enhances baby's social development
By being so close to your body's rhythms, your baby "gets in rhythm" much more quickly. Your heartbeat, breathing, voice and warmth are all familiar. Research has shown how this helps infants to adapt to life outside the womb.
Good for babies whose caregivers are overwhelmed
Babies who are not held need more verbal interaction and eye contact, just to be reassured that you're there. Carrying your baby is a great way to connect with him or her (and provide stimulation too). Additionally, your baby is "right there" to enjoy whenever you feel like snuggling or kissing!
Great for other people who look after your baby
Baby carriers are a great bonding tool for fathers, grandparents, adoptive parents, babysitters, and other caregivers. Partners who work away from home, relatives and babysitters all have a ready way of connecting with and soothing your baby when they wear him or her.
||Babies with Special Needs
Babies with special needs often enter the world with fragile, easily over-stimulated nervous systems. Parents attempt to find the proper balance – to provide their baby with the sensory nourishment he or she requires for optimal development, while simultaneously avoiding over-stimulation. Research has even shown that premature babies who are touched and held gain weight faster and are healthier than babies who are not.
It is well known that children with developmental delays and special needs benefit from this extra stimulation, especially during the infant stage. Baby carriers create the ideal environment for development and growth. At the same time, they offer infants a tight, swaddled, deep pressure input, providing security and assurance to infants with Sensory Integration Dysfunction, and other developmental disorders, such as Down syndrome, Autism and Cerebral Palsy.
Studies have also shown that infants with hypotonia (low muscle tone) are adversely affected by carriers that place their legs in excessive abduction (legs spread too far apart) for the first few months of life. The Baby K’tan Baby Carrier allows for a position where babies can still face forward and see the world while having their legs in a more developmentally appropriate posture.
Many people are discovering how well babywearing benefits their lives. Try it for yourself!