This is a guest post by a fellow blogger Anjana Bhartia.
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Anjana Bhartia is a mommy blogger at MommyRepublic.in She describes herself as an imperfect mom stumbling through motherhood, discovering the joys of natural and attachment parenting along the way. She is a strong believer of ‘when we know better, we do better’. She is a Mama Bear at MommyRepublic.in
Carrying a baby to enhance the physical attachment is a traditional practice in many Asian countries. The modern practice of carrying or attaching a baby with oneself with the help of a sling or any fitment is called as baby wearing. These slings and accessories aid to carry a baby is known as Baby carriers.
Any baby who has crossed the period of first three months is ready for baby wearing. However, you need to ensure the following points before starting baby wearing.
A baby should have
- crossed three months of age
- gained latching power to feed in baby carriers
- a good control over his neck to fit into baby carriers
The above considerations are imperative, and once you are confident that your baby is now ready to be carried in carriers, you ought to make sure which type of carriers are suitable for you and your baby.
Safe and sound baby carriers:
We can see a range of baby carriers in the market, so choose the one which best suits your body and lifestyle.
Wraps are the most basic and simplest of all baby carriers. A fabric, any kind be it cotton, linen, wool, knits or woven is used to carry a baby and this traditional practice has been around for many years. Wraps ensure safety and comfort in carrying a baby irrespective of its age; ranging from infant to toddlers. Learning to tie a wrap seems to be difficult initially but it will turn out to be simple with practice.
In slings, we have two different models which have gained popularity. One is Ring sling and the other is a pouch sling.
As the name suggest, ring slings use a metal ring to join two sides of a 2 meter fabric. These rings are adjustable and ensure right positioning of a baby. The excess fabric gives a tail like appearance which can be used to cover babies while nursing or protect against sun light.
On the other hand, pouch slings are custom-made and cannot be transferred between caregivers. Having a similar structure that of ring slings, these non-adjustable fabric are stitched or woven to suit the size of baby and caregivers.
The most popular kind of carriers are bucklers. Adjustable buckles over shoulders and across the hip guarantee safety while carrying kids. As straps are adjustable, it can be shared between caregivers. This particular type is good for nursing a baby while carrying.
This type of baby carriers are a mix of both modern and traditional style in babywearing. Sharing similar pattern with buckle carriers, Meh Dai uses fabric for strips over both shoulders and hip area. Longer strips on the shoulders cannot be modified in size, though shorter strips over the hip can be adjusted.
Advantages of baby wearing:
The practice of baby wearing has lot of benefits and few of them are listed below:
- It extends the parent- child relationship by providing a physical bond between baby and parents, which is essential in the early days.
- Baby wearing helps in overcoming postpartum depression by developing an intimate physical bond. It also facilitates breastfeeding. For dads also it’s a great way to get skin on skin contact with baby.
- It allows more body movement for babies when compared to carry cots, and babies enjoy the swaying motion you will make when moving about.
- Baby wearing allows the parent to work while holding the baby, so that you can get some of those chores done! How in the world does a tiny human have so much laundry!
I started babywearing quite late, because I used to have severe back ache issues. My only regret is that I should have started sooner! In case you were wondering I chose an Ergobaby baby carrier because of the safety certifications and because was flame retardants free. Since then I have discovered many new and awesome brands (and much more cheaper) on Instagram!
So do check out all the varieties and brands available in the market before finalizing one! Babywearing is a joy, which every mother should enjoy! Have you tried baby wearing? Share below!