What is Baby Wearing?
Baby wearing is the process of wearing your baby on you! Wraps, slings, and carriers are all examples of baby wearing products.
Baby Wearing 101
Many families come in to see to talk about carrying their baby. I am so happy to see both moms and dads wanting to take part in this wonderful bonding experience. Babies love to be carried and love to be close to their parents. It is human nature to want intimate contact with others. So why not keep them as close as possible when they are young.
Wearing your baby has so many benefits for your BABY.
* Your baby will feel safe and secure while you wear them.
* Your baby will cry less.
* Your baby will be able to experience the world from our perspective and enjoy what is going on on around him/her.
* Your baby will develop a close bond with you.
* As a result, BABY will be happier :)
Wearing your baby also has so many benefits for YOU
* You will be able to enjoy your baby and be close to your baby.
* You will have more time to accomplish daily tasks without feeling overwhelmed.
* You will develop a strong bond with your baby.
* You will be able to enjoy regular eye contact with your baby.
* You will be able to enjoy the sounds and noises your baby makes.
* As a results, YOU will be happier :)
Wearing your baby should be a fun and enjoyable experience for both of you. Many families start wearing their babies as soon as they are born!
What types of baby carriers are available and how do I choose?
There are many many many different types and styles of baby carriers available. Just as shopping for any product, you need to find which carrier type works best for you and your baby. at a specific stage in their development. As your baby grows and develops, yours and your baby’s needs may change.
Wraps - A wrap carrier is a long piece of fabric that is either tied or wrapped around mom’s or dad’s body. Wrap carriers are an excellent carrier for a newborn! I cannot stress this enough. They work wonderfully for older children as well ; however, this style of carrier allows you to wear your newborn safely and secure from the moment they are born. Head and neck support is easy with a wrap carriers – the material is wrapped around the baby to ensure security.
Sling/Pouch - A sling is a piece of fabric designed to go over one shoulder and cross to the opposite hip. A ring or buckle is used to attach and adjust the fabric. A sling is an wonderful carrier for babies that like to be worn on the hip or for mothers who want to nurse discretely. Newborns also enjoy being worn in a sling and feel very secure and close to the parent. Slings are not the best choice for parent’s who have back problems (much of the weight is carried on one side of the body).
Mei Tai (Asian Inspired) – A mei tai is an asian inspired carrier. This is a basic two shoulder carrier. It is a square piece of fabric with straps at each corner. Some manufacturers offer padded shoulder straps for added comfort and others offer a basic shoulder strap. The two bottom straps tie around the waist, the two shoulder straps cross over for support and security.
Soft Structure Carrier - A soft structured carrier is a two shoulder carrier that also includes a waist band. These carriers offer shape and form even when the carrier is not being worn. They look similar to a back pack. These carriers work especially well with older babies due to the fact that they offer more support.
Be sure to check out our Babywearing Trial Program - a risk free way to determine which carrier is best for you and your family!