Why Is Baby Wearing So Popular?
Baby wearing is nothing new, it has in fact been around for centuries. Sure there were no fancy baby carriers, backpacks or slings back in the days, but there were woven baskets, sheets, scarfs and shawls instead. In reality, mothers used anything they could get their hands on to help them carry their babies.
Then we come to the question, why did mothers start baby wearing? We could say it was because strollers had not been invented, but the truth is that mums were just as busy hundreds of years ago as they are today, if not more. Cleaning, cooking and caring for others meant that mums did not have the time to sit and play with their baby and instead needed a way of bringing their little ones along with them while they worked. For many mothers, baby wearing is also a cultural practise passed down from generation to generation. It is a way of life which many baby product manufacturers and so called ‘baby experts’ have tried to stop.
When strollers and prams were invented, they were so expensive that they became seen as being only for rich people. This led to the stigma that only poor mothers carried their babies because they could not afford a stroller or pram. Then don’t forget the popular ‘baby experts’ who advocated that crying babies not be comforted and they should be left in their cot or pram alone to learn self- discipline. It’s no wonder that baby wearing became ‘out of fashion.’
Heard of Benjamin Spock M.D before? He was an American paediatrician who published the best-selling book called The Common Sense Book Of Baby and Child Care in 1946. He went against the rules from the ‘baby experts’ who recommended that babies are left alone in cots, not touched and ignored when they cried. Instead Spock said that there was no one- fits-all approach to babies and that mothers should do what feels right for their baby, including baby wearing.
So that leads us to today, where baby wearing is growing in popularity each day.
Well for a start, look at what the experts say about baby wearing, and in particular the brand we recommend Hug a Bub Organic Carriers and Wraps :
Premature Infant Carers …
… experience that even the tiniest premature infants can be safely held in a Hug-a-Bub®, skin-to-skin, against a parent or carer’s chest, (known as Kangaroo Care), helping to stabilise their heart and respiration rate, encourage weight gain and greatly lower mortality rate.
… recommend Hug-a-Bub®’s ergonomic design because it reduces strain on shoulder, neck, and back muscles. It is recommended for those with some chronic back problems.
Lactation Consultants …
… favour the wide Hug-a-Bub® wrap for discrete breastfeeding and the ability to breastfeed your baby horizontally or vertically.
Midwives And Childbirth Educators …
… promote Hug-a-Bub® for easing the transition for the baby from the womb to the world. It helps relax new mothers, promotes bonding and reduces post natal depression.
“A mothers… ligaments and muscles will take on average of 3 months post delivery to go back to her pre-pregnancy firmness, So the Hug-a-Bub® protects and nurtures her, not to mention that by keeping the baby with her she reduces her own stresses and she can continue with her normal life style choices, while getting to know her Baby.” Anne McLeod Taylor Midwife, Registered Nurse, Childbirth educator, Lactation Consultant Natural Therapist.
… report that frequently carried infants experience the elements of motion, pleasure, warmth, security and a variety of stimulation that ensures their healthy physical, intellectual and social development.
Paediatricians And Early Childhood Nurses …
… acknowledge that Hug-a-Bub® greatly reduces crying and calms fussy or colicky babies.
” I find I can settle one baby in the Hug-a-Bub® while attending to another, the babies are comfortable, relaxed and settle very quickly. It is easy to put the baby in and easy to take the baby out without disturbing them. Babies with Cerebral irritation, reflux and colic seem much more settled.” Anne McLeod Taylor Midwife, Registered Nurse, Childbirth educator, Lactation Consultant Natural Therapist.
Occupational Therapists …
… agree that many ‘special needs’ from which babies can benefit are created by the close physical contact provided by the Hug-a-Bub®.
Childcare Professionals …
… use the Hug-a-Bub® to settle babies. It’s an instant way of calming them and making them feel secure in an unfamiliar environment.
Mothers are also discovering that there are plenty of practical advantages of carrying their babies, including:
- It leaves you hands-free to be able to chase and grab your older kids when they run away!
- Babies sleep better when carried because they are close to their parent, promoting comfort and relaxation
- It is heaps easier pushing a stroller around the shops or getting on a bus when you are carrying your baby
- Babies being carried spend more time in the optimal learning ‘quiet alert’ stage and are interacted more with than one in a stroller.
Are you a stroller pusher or a baby wearing fan? What would be your advice to new mums about baby wearing?
We have a great special on our wonderful Hug-a-Bub Organic Wraps and Carriers including these beautiful little dolls carriers. I think these are the perfect gift for little girls and boys who are about to become brothers or sisters. How lovely for them to be copying Mum and Dad wearing their ‘babies’.