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The #1 Reason Why You Should Practice Baby Wearing

Although baby wearing has become super trendy in the recent past, it’s actually a parenting practice that has been around for centuries. Many indigenous people practice the principles of what we call “attachment parenting” but to them its is simply a way of life.

At first, I was a bit annoyed seeing all of these celebrities walking around in their designer baby carriers and the press acting like Julia Roberts and Angelina Jolie were the creators of baby wearing. But, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that this was a great step forward for raising our societies awareness to the benefits of baby wearing.

This kind of exposure and celebrity backing was just what our little movement needed to bring attachment parenting to the fore front.

The benefits of baby wearing are numerous and I get into that elsewhere, but what I want to address here are the issues you could face by not practicing the art of baby wearing.

You may not be aware of a new problem developing in babies called Flat Head Syndrome. FHS is due to babies spending too much time on their backs in car seats, cribs, strollers and bouncy seats. There is a fantastic article in Mothering magazine entitled “Car Seats are for Cars” that addresses this very issue.

Everywhere you look you will see infants in car seats or strollers. I am sorry if this seems harsh and I don’t want to hurt anyones feelings, but this is getting ridiculous. Even before I had a child, the thought of lugging around a car seat was just ridiculous.

Another issue that is developing is the lack of contact and touch that new babies need in order to thrive. With all of these gadgets such as bouncy seats, excer-saucers, jumperoos and play mats babies are being left to their own devices. A baby needs and craves the interaction and touch of their parents and family. Nothing stimulates a babies brain more than the sound of his/her mother’s voice and touch.

When my daughter was still a infant, I would wear her in a sling or wrap to the pediatricians office or out to the supermarket and people would be so curious. Especially older folks at the store, they would come up and ask “Is there a baby in there?” and strike up a nice conversation.

I don’t know how many times another mom would approach me and ask where I got my carrier and how I liked it. I think more people would use slings, pouches and wraps if they knew they existed.

It is a case of follow the leader I suppose. Many new parents just assume that they should be carrying their baby around in a car seat because that is what they see happening around them.

So, the more we all wear our babies when we are out and about we can raise the awareness in a fun and passive way.

3 Responsesto “The #1 Reason Why You Should Practice Baby Wearing”

  1. Jess Ray says:

    Well said Brooke! Thank you for coming to our defense.

  2. Brooke L. says:

    If you educate yourself on how to position your baby correctly in a carrier, then suffocation is not a problem. I do agree that like sleeping in a car seat, baby wearing needs to be balanced with “tummy time”, being held by others, etc., basically experiencing a variety of positions to develop correctly. Lastly, carriers are not going to cause “attachment issues”. That is like saying breastfeeding causes “attachment issues”. Baby wearing is a way we can keep our babies close to create and maintain a bond between the baby and both mom and dad. If you read the research, you’ll see how important it is to keep your babies close, especially when they’re just starting out. Take a look “The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding” by La Leche to find out more about the benefits of closeness and to alleviate your concerns about attachment.

  3. Brian M. says:

    While those reasons can be a cause for FHS, the main cause is that the baby constantly sleeps in the same position. My child developed FHS fairly early on, and trust me, their is no lack of physical contact. We were taught in birthing class about the dangers of car seats, bouncy chairs,etc., but it seems to be that slings are FAR more dangerous due to the risk of suffocation, and also “attachment issues”. The best thing for your baby, in my experience, is to try to balance their time being held, being in a seat, and getting as much “tummy time” in as possible. This article seems to be alot of misinformation and new parents should know the risks as well as the benefits of slings,seats, etc. Thanks You- proud parent of a flathead baby!

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