About Babywearing

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Why wear your baby?

We believe that babywearing is the ideal way to raise happy, strong, independent, healthy children.  There are numerous benefits for the baby, the caregiver, or both, such as: reduced crying, reduced stress, reduced reflux, strengthened balance, increased social awareness (since babies are close to faces, instead of staring at everyone’s knees!), promotes bonding, increases caregiver attentiveness (reading cues from the baby happens sooner and easier, leading to earlier responses), and so much more!

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Babywearing in a nutshell – http://www.sleepingbaby.net/babywearing.php

Attachment parenting and babywearing resources – http://www.attachmentparenting.org/parentingtopics/babywearing.php

How babywearing reduces SIDS – http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/sleep-problems/sids/3-reasons-babywearing-reduces-sids

Infant car seats save lives when babies are in cars, but use as an all purpose baby carrier is not only uncomfortable for the parent and limiting for the child (physically, socially, and emotionally), but can cause low oxygen saturation levels due to the baby’s head and neck positioning, contributes to flat-head syndrome, and can create severe safety hazards when placed on top of shopping carts and other surfaces.  What does this add up to? Leave the carseat in the car, and wear your baby instead! – http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/6216892.stm– http://www.huffingtonpost.com/the-stir/grocery-shopping-kids_b_983597.html – http://mothering.com/green-living/car-seats-are-for-cars

“Kangaroo care” is highly beneficial for premature infants – http://www.nursingcenter.com/library/JournalArticle.asp?Article_ID=799983

Babywearing may not be the norm in US culture at the moment, but it has been a normal part of motherhood for uncountable women across many and varied cultures.

Licia Ronzulli, Italian member of parliament, takes her 7 week old to work.

Click the image for gorgeous photographs of babywearers of varied ages, across the globe, and through various periods of history.  Beautiful collection!

 

Babywearing How-to

You know the benefits, you want to wear your little one, but, how? What’s the best carrier? (everyone is different, so we recommend trying on a few to narrow down your options, that’s why we have so many carriers to play with!) Can you wear a newborn? (yes, through some carriers need an infant insert) a toddler? (yes) Will a narrow – based carrier cause hip dysplasia? (not unless your child already has hip issues)

These infographics show the ideal carry.  This is what to aim for, but as long as the baby is Visible and Kissable (TM), they are likely safe in the carrier, even if, say, the wrap could be a little tighter, or the legs aren’t in the ‘M’ position, or they aren’t perfectly centered.  Babywearing should be comfortable for both of you though, so if its not, there’s some troubleshooting we can help with.  Sometimes its as simple as the arm straps not being the same length, or the chest/back clip being too high on the shoulders.

 

Here are some of our favorite YouTube channels for video tutorials. However, they are not intended to be your primary form of babywearing instruction.  We hope to see you in person as often as possible to get hands on help! If you’re a new babywearer who needs a refresher on a new carry you learned recently, or if you’re an experienced babywearer looking for new carries, we hope that these resources help.

By viewing or looking at these, you agree to hold Babywearing International, Babywearing International of Fayetteville, and all individuals involved in the making of these videos, tutorials, and references harmless in case of injury.

Britt Brown Marsh

Babywearing Faith

Wrap you in love (some are advanced carries)

Wrap in ASL

and our own channel

and, for those using a woven wrap, some more graphics showing what carries can be done with x size wrap and y sized wearer. (note: this is not for stretchy wraps like moby and boba, which must be worn on the front with 3 layers covering the baby)

 

Do It Yourself

http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/index.html – this site has a wealth of information and great instructions for ring slings, pouches, mei teis, and pods

http://www.thebabywearer.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?76-Do-It-Yourself – although you need a free membership to access this site, there’s a forum devoted to DIY tips, tricks, and safety information

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