Reasons to Carry Your Baby in a Sling

Bonding

Baby attaches better with parents-A 1990 study at Columbia University College Of Physicians and Surgeons concluded that babies carried close to their mother’s body in the first month of life showed significant increase in bonding and emotional health over babies carried in plastic infant seats.1

Development

Babies brain develops better-environmental experiences stimulate nerves to branch out and connect with other nerves which helps the brain to grow and develop. Babywearing helps the infant’s developing brain make the right connections. Because baby is intimately involved in your world, she is exposed to, and participates in, the environmental stimuli that you select and is protected from those stimuli that bombard or overload her developing nervous system.2

Security

Baby is happy and secure. Babies like to be carried. It’s as simple as that.

Less Crying

Babies cries less-Both research3 and parent’s observations showed that carried babies cry less perhaps because of the familiar motion that babies enjoyed while in the womb.

Learning

Baby learns more-when worn in a carrier baby is intimately involved in your world. He goes where you go and sees what you see. Because he is up at the voice and eye level, he learns the subtleties of body language and human expression.

Growth

Baby grows better-Research suggests that babies especially those born prematurely, who are held by a caregiver much of the time, grow and thrive better.

Ease

Wearing baby makes your busy life easier-Your baby needs to be held and you’ve got a list a mile long. With a sling, you can keep baby happy and still have a hand or two for yourself.

1. Anisfeld, E., Casper, V., Nozyce, M., and Cunningham, N. “Does infant carrying promote attachment? An experimental study of the effects of increased physical contact on the development of attachment.” Child Development, 1990

2. Sears, William, MD, and Martha Sears, RN, The Baby Book, Little, Brown and Company, 2003.

3. Urs, A. Hunziker, MD and Ronald G. Barr, MDCM, FRCP(C) “Increased Carrying Reduces Infant Crying: A Randomized Controlled Trial.” Pediatrics, May, 1986.

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