Why Carry Your Newborn Baby?
Have you got a new baby? Has someone been telling you that you need to get this carrier or that sling? Or have you heard that carrying babies makes them clingy? Want to know why carrying a newborn can be great? Read on for a whole host of reasons why slings are such a valuable tool for a new parent.
- It is practical and much easier to do things around the house with two hands free!
- Sometimes a pushchair or buggy can’t go where you want to go, but as long as you can get there, a sling can too
- It can help new parents bond and form a relationship with their new baby
- Meeting the need of the baby to feel safe and secure leads to long term independence and resilience
- It can help regulate baby’s temperature, heart and respiratory rates, emotions and physical growth
- It can help your baby’s development of language and social skills as they are close to you and can be easily involved in conversations
- It can assist in encouraging a successful breastfeeding relationship
- It can help babies regulate their sleep cycles
- It can help babies sleep more and for longer
- It can help babies cry less
- It can help settle refluxy babies who need to remain upright after feeding
- It can help other family members build early bonds with the baby – mother, father, aunts, uncles, grandparents, siblings….
- Fussy or colicky babies are often easier to soothe with motion and a sling can help with this
- It can help with understanding your babies cues and responding to them quickly, helping parents feel in tune with their babies and grow in confidence
- It’s easier to eat and drink hot food and tea with baby settled in a sling!
- It can help babies feel safe in a new and overwhelming world
- There is evidence that carrying can help parents with perinatal mental health conditions to bond with their children and benefit from the oxytocin release
- It can give parents a new skill to learn, something new to collect, and a way to show their personality in a way that may have felt buried since having children
- It encourages families to get out and about and move more
- It can be a great tool for meeting the needs of multiple children, one in a sling and one out or event two in a sling
- Cuddles are generally just lovely 😉
Would you like to know more about all the science behind carrying? Carrying Matters is an amazing resource filled with information about carrying of all types.
Would you like to read about different types of slings and carriers available, what’s the ‘best’ sling for a newborn or get some help choosing? We have lots of resources available to help you decide, as well as offering our consultations, hires and our Try Before You Buy scheme to ensure you are getting a carrier which works for you!
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