In the mid 1900’s a very clever campaign by pushchair companies somehow convinced us that the best way to transport our babies was in a pram or pushchair. The practicalities of prams, mean that our little ones are away from our bodies and away from our social contact too.
As an OT, I firmly believe that the ancient art of baby wearing is a way better approach to transporting and caring for our babies. Here are a few good reasons why baby wearing is beneficial for our little ones.
- Being held in a snug carrier takes newborns and prem babies back to the nurturing womb world and in doing so, reassures and calms babies resulting in less crying and fussing.
- The transition from the womb to our busy world can expose little babies to overstimulation, which results in fussing in the first few months. Being nurtured in a soft carrier against mom or dad’s body soothes the immature sensory system.
- Held against your body, your baby has the benefits of your touch. Human touch is not only calming and comforting but also wonderful for the development of body awareness.
- With baby wearing, baby is in synch with your body and experiences movement continuously as you move. This movement is extremely beneficial as it in turn stimulates the vestibular system in baby’s inner ear. This calms your little one and enhances muscle tone and motor skills in time.
- Babies who are worn become socially more aware as they gain experience meeting other people in the safe and secure space of mom’s embrace. This builds the foundation of future relationships and social skills going forward.
For these key reasons I believe that using a carrier is a fabulous solution for transporting as well as soothing new babies. I recommend parents look for a comfortable carrier like the SnuggleRoo Baby Carrier that is soft like the womb world, fully adjustable and can be worn so your baby can see out or face inwards.