Babywearing Benefits

“The single most important child rearing practice to be adopted for the development of emotional and social healthy infants and children is to carry the newborn/infant on the body of the mother/caretaker all day long...”
— James Prescott, Ph.D

Here's What Moms are Saying About Babywearing:

“The carrier has made nap-time so easy. The rocking and bumping motion while I’m walking around the house or outdoors puts my baby to sleep, and against the warmth and comfort of my body, he stays asleep.”
— N. Saad
“I am a single mom with no extra helping hands. Receiving a carrier has been one of the best gifts, I have ever received (besides birth of my son). I get a lot done in the home and enjoy the bonding experience. A carrier has really helped me cope up with being a single mother.”
— A. Cox
“In our house both my husband and I, use a baby carrier and we feel it really helps to strengthen our bond with our baby. I love the fact that my husband gets to participate in the bonding experience through babywearing.”
— A. Nguyen
“Using my carrier, while out at the mall or for a walk, I can easily and discretely breastfeed my baby. I do not have to stop and find somewhere to sit and feed.”
— S. Johnston
“Having my hands free makes ALL of the difference when I’m running after my toddler! My baby is close to me and this creates a relaxed, calm atmosphere for both mom and baby which reduces his fussiness dramatically.”
— A. Bagg
“Babywearing works perfect for social events. I can now attend family parties, concerts, festivals, go to market, as the baby is snugged next to me. It is easy to nurse as well as nap him. Especially, when my little sprout gets tired, cranky or overstimulated and needs to snuggle into the wrap.”
— I. Avote

What experts in the health, holistic healing, and child development fields, have to say about babywearing:

  • Babywearing aids the baby’s brain development by providing a rich sensory environment with movement—an essential factor in stimulating brain cells to form neural pathways in the brain (Greenough & Black, 1992).

  • Babywearing helps create serenity for parent and child. Babies who are carried cry less (Hunziker & Garr, 1986). Crying is one way of communicating a need to be next to mom. A calm baby translates into a mother who is more trusting of her ability to take care of her child.

  • Babywearing facilitates continuous skin-to-skin contact especially for pre-term babies. Skin-to-skin contact is a profound means of helping babies grow, sleep, reduce stress, regulate their heartbeats, and help with regulating breathing and body temperature. Skin-to-skin contact also encourages successful breastfeeding due to mother’s milk being readily accessible. The accessibility allows babies to feed frequently, which is necessary to establish a good  milk supply.
  • Babywearing fosters the bond between mother and child. A mother who is physically close to her baby has higher levels of the hormone oxytocin than a mother who is not. Also called the love hormone, oxytocin is an important hormone for stimulating mother-child bonding (Palmer, 2013).

  • Babywearing can lower the frequency of psychosomatic illness and postpartum depression in mothers (Lonstein, 2007

If you are interested in starting babywearing with the Helina Baby Carrier, please visit our store today.


References:

Hunziker, U. A., & Barr, R. G. (1986). Increased carrying reduces infant crying: a randomized controlled trial. Pediatrics,      5, 641–648.

Greenough, W.T., & Black, J. E (1992). Induction of brain structure by experience: Substrates for cognitive            development. In M. Gunnar & C. Nelson (Eds.), Minnesota Symposia on Child Psychology. Vol 24, Developmental Behavioral Neuroscience (p. 155-200).

Lonstein, J. (2007). Regulation Of Anxiety During The Postpartum Period. Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology, 115-141.             Retrieved September 5, 2015. 

Palmer, L. (2013, August 6). Baby Reference. Retrieved September 5, 2015, from http://babyreference.com/bonding-matters-the-chemistry-of-attachment/