Less crying, more sleep, reduced colic and
reflux are just a few of many baby wearing benefits.
When choosing your sling, you'll find a huge amount of choice. There are many good ones out there and you'll find one that suits you best. When making your choice though, as a rule of thumb, get the best you can afford as it will ensure the maximum of the benefits discussed below, effectively, safely and comfortably.
Let's have a look at
benefits by age for your baby and advantages for yourself
newborn feels safe and secure
when safely wrapped and hugged close to you in a soft stretchy fabric.
This makes a good wrap sling THE best place to be, after the womb, for a
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If your wrap cloth is made of a suitable breathing fabric, baby is kept warm without overheating, thanks to
your own body heat combined with the fabric.
Baby is kept in a flexible swaddle, her head
resting near the
familiar sounds of mom's heartbeat and voice (through her chest
cavity), or dad's soothing reassuring breathing and heartbeat.
Notice how high up the baby in the
picture is? That is
the place to be, and it's one of the aspects to look out for when choosing your carrier.
to being wrapped closely (but not too tightly). This is an often
overlooked need for feeling safe and secure.
a newborn baby has many "startle reflexes": a response that feels like
falling. This reflex occurs when baby does not feel the familiar,
reassuring boundaries she was used to.
Less stress hormones are released when baby feels safe and
secure in this way. Less stress means less stress-related problems like
Relaxed and content babies also
better than their
Young baby, bigger baby and toddler
A growing up
baby or toddler
still needs the safety and security as
when just born.
Happy and relaxed, baby
from colic, reflux, crying
and is less prone to teething pain
and other typical baby comforts.
Continued close bonding with mom and dad becomes even more
Being able to explore the world, to be a real part of it, to
meet people and things, ... while safely carried close to mom or dad is
One of many practical advantages: carried correctly in a good wrap
you can safely have baby
for a prolonged time in the
sling - excellent for nap assisting when setting up the right
daytime sleep schedule
. No risk of mal-development for the spine.
Most carriers don't
offer the comfort and safety to be able to do this so please be
careful and choose a good quality one.
For yourself, wearing a happy and relaxed baby means:
, relaxed and more confident about caring for your baby.
You can keep an
active social and work life
A good wrap technique (of a good sling) makes it comfortable (
safe for you to carry baby for a longer time (as long as you want or
High oxytocin and prolactin hormone levels thanks
to the close contact with baby increase feelings of love, connection,
help improve breastfeeding and, not in the least: physically help you
Reduced symptoms of baby blues. Research supports
that close contact with her baby reduces the risk of post-natal
depression in a mother.
Newborn or bigger baby, carrying your baby close has a positive
influence on baby and yourself. Regularly carried babies are most
content overall, have improved bonding with parents, and are shown to
grow up to be independent and confident children.
The risk of spoiling by carrying too much is none to worry about. As
long as you do it
consciously and offer plenty of crib and play mat opportunities as baby
grows, you are fine.
Heidi Holvoet, PhD, is the founder of the Baby Sleep Advice website and movement, an award-winning author, baby & toddler sleep consultant with 15+ years experience as well as a certified lactation counselor.
Over the years, Heidi has received several awards inluding a Mom's Choice Award (MCA) and National Parenting Awards (NAPPA) for her Baby Sleep Advice website, programs and books. Also, Baby Sleep Advice was awarded "Most Trusted Infant's Sleep Solutions Company 2023" in the Benelux Enterprise Awards 2023.
Heidi continually conducts personal research and participates in continued education and in that way stays up to date with current scientific and pyschosocial infant care.
She is also a member of the Association of Professional Sleep Consultants of which she was one of the earliest contributors. She obtained her PhD degree in physics at the University of Ghent in Belgium.
Heidi is passionate about helping babies and their parents sleep more and better, with her trademark approach that has been proven and praised time and again by parents worldwide to be effective and truly no-tears. Respect for you as a parent and your baby, is at the heart of Heidi's warm and kind support. Her approach always keeps in mind a baby's needs and abilities at any given age, is based on pediatric science and the most up to date knowledge in infant care and sleep science.
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