There are so many benefits to babywearing, but here are a few of my favorites:
1) Kangaroo care! Babywearing helps you in keeping your newborn close, skin on skin, can encourage milk production. This skin to skin contact can also help babies breathing, respiration, and body temperature to regulate. Amazing, right?!
2)Babywearing mimics the womb, so it can help babies in their “fourth trimester” to be more calm and get more rest.
3) Look mom, no hands! Babywearing leaves your hands free to eat, cook, clean, walk the dog… Having your hands free can almost make you feel human again after bringing home a new baby! You can even go GROCERY SHOPPING using your carrier!
4) Meals on the go! One of my favorite things about babywearing is being able to nurse on the go, hands free! With my Boba carrier, I’m even able to use the snap in hood as a “cover”.
5) Dad’s turn! With a new baby, it’s easy to wind up being the only one to take the baby when she is fussy. Babywearing allows dads, caregivers, and grandparents a way to soothe a fussy baby or to bond.
6) More interaction! If you haven’t realized, we as adults tend to curate the world around us according to our height. Bringing baby up into our space allows them to see more of the world around them!
7) Traveling! There is nothing quite like trying to get through an airport with a baby or toddler. Being able to wear your baby means they are much easier to keep an eye on (especially when they get to the walking stage) and keeps your hands free to carry all that extra luggage. Most TSA agents will let you go through without taking the baby out of the carrier. They will however, swab your hands instead.
8) Strollers are not ideal in small crowded areas. Whether it’s shopping at the mall, scouring the crowded markets, or strolling the aisles of a convention, strollers are big and bulky and can get in the way. Babywearing gives you more freedom and flexibility to get around.
9) Babywearing allows you to bring your baby along on more outdoor adventures. We use our carriers often for hikes, and even snowshoeing! This summer we were able to take our daughter with on our huckleberry picking adventure. Including our daughter in our outdoorsy lifestyle has helped my husband and I to enjoy time together outside of the house.
10) Babywearing can be great for those “no touching” type places like museums!
Are you a babywearing momma or dad? What are your favorite places to wear your baby?!