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Babywear, the Organic Way
Babywearing, the practice of slinging your baby to your body as you attend to daily activities, has truly caught on in the U.S., and nowadays you see it everywhere you go. Parents are becoming aware of the many benefits that accrue from babywearing. In fact, one Montreal study in 1986 found that slung 6-week-olds fussed 43 percent less than did other children.
According to Cheri Dracobly, owner of For Your Bugaboo, “We used a wrap like the one I sell with our son when he was a baby and he loved it. If he was getting fussy, we put him in the wrap and he settled down right away and would go to sleep."
Naturally, you will want to purchase a wrap made of 100 percent organic materials, which are kindest to your baby’s skin.
Here are some of the major benefits of babywearing:
Less crying and fussing: We already noted the scientific study conducted in 1986 that showed remarkable results. Clearly, babywearing calms children down and causes them to fuss less. Maybe that’s why babies cry for minutes instead of hours in non-Western countries where babywearing is common.
Less crying means more learning: By keeping babies calm and alert, babywearing makes it easier for them to pay attention to their environment and learn more. In fact, some researchers report that slung babies are more alert to visual and auditory stimuli. The same quiet alertness that babywearing imparts to infants also allows parents to more effectively interact with their offspring. Face to face contact, which is easy with babywearing, promotes interpersonal bonding. The kangaroo-style sling gives your baby a wide view of the environment, a plus for learning and for discerning different objects. Your baby learns to choose which objects to pay attention to and which to avoid.
Slinging helps organize your baby’s world: After nine highly organized months in the womb, birth must seem like a wild, disorganizing event for the newborn. Wearing the baby helps to re-establish orderliness. She has prolonged contact with her mother’s body and rhythms. For example, the preborn baby experiences her mother’s walking, speaking, sitting and so forth. After birth, a slung baby gets to intimately experience many of the same phenomena, which reminds the baby of the “old days” in the womb. This is bound to calm the baby. Imagine how comforting it is for a slung baby to press her into mother’s chest and hear Mom’s heartbeat. That’s the same heartbeat she heard for the better part of nine months before birth. The same is true for Mom’s rhythmic breathing. All of these familiar patterns help calm and organize the newborn for the nine months following birth, when a baby is kept in the external womb of a baby wrap.
Babywearing learn human behavior faster: Slung babies constantly witness facial expressions, watch caring activities such as preparation for feeding, and listen to their parents’ different tones of voice. They even become familiar with the scents of Mom and Dad. This intense involvement with the parents’ world helps baby begin to understand what it is to operate in that world – in other words, what it is to be human.