September 18, 2006

Don't Box Up The Baby!

Although I don't tend to agree with most parenting magazines, I did approve of a recent article in Parenting where they urge parents to Unbuckle That Baby!

Between his car seat, stroller, swing, and Exersaucer, your baby could easily stay strapped inside one thing or another all day. But while that may be convenient for you, it's not so good for him.
Many experts believe there's been a "containerization of babies" in recent years, says Judy French, Ph.D., professor emerita and former chair of Early Childhood Studies at Boise State University, in Idaho.
It's an unfortunate trend, because infants benefit and learn from being held closely.

The
article goes on to suggest wearing a sling (can I get an Amen?) and taking baby out of the car seat when you're out & about and carrying him- he'll like it!
One magazine that I do find to have all great articles and no questionable advertising is Mothering magazine- their website is a great resource, too!

24 comments:

  1. I'll say "Amen" to that.

    And if you have a very social toddler (like my firstborn was), wearing him in a sling can really increase the length of time he'll tolerate shopping . My son's limit in the stroller was about 5 minutes, but when I started wearing him in a sling he'd go for hours. I discovered that he just wanted someone to talk to--when he was riding in a stroller there was no one on his level.

    On the other hand, my younger two haven't been impressed with the sling once they got past the infant stage (much to Mommy's disappointment). They seem to be more independent and prefer the stroller. Each child is different.

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  2. I catch myself sometimes trying to "contain" my boys, and boys don't like to be still!

    Thanks for the website. I'll have to check it out.

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  3. Hi! I just found your blog through a link to it posted on another blog.

    I am a babywearer in VA and I love this first post I've read by you. I am a pouch sling loving mama (love my Ergo and MT's too).

    Glad I found your blog in the busy blogosphere. :-)

    I'll be back!

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  4. I LOVED that article. I was always freakish about my baby having plenty of floortime and armtime,etc. Anyway, I'm sure his rolling and crawling and almost walking have come faster because of it. I never did find a sling that I liked much though. He was my first and I'm looking for a better one for next time. Reccomendations?

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  5. Oh you know I'll give you a hearty AMEN!!! I love wearing Carter. I only wish I had a sling with Monte and Hunter too.

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  6. I haven't read the article but I'm glad they mentioned that, I see that a lot. Lil' Duck always had to be held - he had a little baby chair thing and wouldn't stand it for more than a minute or two. He was more than content to be curled up on the Boppy on my lap all day, or in the sling, etc. Only recently has he been ok with sitting in the cart, and he still hates the stroller. I guess it depends on the temperament of your baby, if they were calm about being in something like that, I'd probably worry more about making sure he was held and cuddled and such enough. Lil' Duck gets cuddle overload if anything (as he sits on my lap and helps me type), hee hee.

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  7. I'll give ya an Amen! I wear all my babies! I didn't even use the carried type car seats I used a Britax Roundabout that can be forward and rear facing - my kids didn't like the little carry-able seats.

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  8. Another Amen! from Arkansas. I love wearing Elijah. It's such a special bonding time to love on my baby who's not going to let me hold him too much longer. I get so frustrated when i see moms doing what convienent rather than what's best for thier child. This is our overriding parenting philosophy.

    Amyjane-- I 1st tried a Nojo but didn't like it. Then I bought 2 Hotslings and LOVE them. So cute, comfy, versatile and compact. Good luck! (hotslings.com)

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  9. Another "Amen" here. I wore all of my four kids. I miss it at times.

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  10. That's awesome!!! I saw a woman struggling with lugging her baby in the carrier into WalMart yesterday and I rolled my eyes at Adam and said "If she could only just HOLD her baby!" Later I saw a woman breastfeeding in the middle of WalMart on a bench that was placed in the main aisle! I was SO HAPPY to see her breastfeeding in public! It's really not all that common to see, especially in the middle of WalMart.

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  11. yay!!! But, my sling still hurts my shoulder. Maybe I need to get one that's padded?? I pulled the ring up higher like you said...still hurt. I don't know. But I'm glad magazines are getting the word out!

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  12. GREAT information. Wish everyone new this stuff!!! There would be a lot of happy babies :D

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  13. I agree with that 100%!!! I think it is so sad when you see babies with flat spots on their heads from being in their carseat all of the time.

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  14. Bode is not a car seat lover and I usually end up taking him out of it during our walks and carrying him in our Bjorn. He says there's nothing better than being smashed into mommy's boobies. :-)

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  15. Absolutely... Freedom! We all need some! I wished I had known about the sling thing. No more babies...

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  16. I wish I would have carried Emma more when she was younger, but I learned my lesson and will definitely be trying some fun carriers with the second one... whenever God blesses us with him or her! The good news is that like amyjane, I was always paranoid about Emma getting plenty of one-on-one time with me and playtime on the floor and on her tummy. I never wanted our "equipment" to be a babysitter. I'm too selfish for that -- I wanted to have her to myself! :o)

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  17. AMEN! :)
    And I also love Mothering magazine. I've found it to be so resourceful.
    I am so looking forward to using a sling w/ our next one.

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  18. I was very pleasantly surprised with that article. I usually won't touch that magazine with a 10-foot pole.

    My 5 year old still likes to ride in teh sling- goodthing daddy doesn;t mind carryng her as I have the "baby". It helps that she's a peanut tough, too.

    Hold those babies!!!

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  19. Amen!

    Our infant carrier stayed clipped into the base in the car all the time. Those things are horrible to lug around. Love, love, love my Moby Wrap. Makes for very snuggly babies.

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  20. Oh yes, babies aren't held enough with all those trendy products enticing mothers to "get more done" and hold their children less. How backward is that??? I'm glad that there are people out there who realize that babies need to be held.

    You are right about Mothering mag, I remember that it was something I very much looked forward to in my mailbox when I was a new mom *sobs, because now it seems so long ago*!

    Carrie

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  21. AAAAMMMMMEEEEENNNNNNN! I cancelled my Parenting subscription about a year ago. So this blows my mind that they have an article like this. Maybe they're regaininig some of those "natural parenting" habits. That'd be awesome.
    I llluuuvvvvv Mothering mag! That is the only one I could not go without.

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  22. I will say Amen too! We only contain our child when we are in the car. We rarely use the stroller and even when we are at Wal-Mart, we carry him and let him touch things. Last night Ian let Liam hold every kind of fruit and tried to teach him the names and textures of each one.

    At home he roams free. I hate containing him unless I am in the shower and daddy isn't here. I have even tried avoiding the high chair for eating, but that is getting old fast.

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  23. With my son being a preemie, we were encouraged by the Special Care Nursery to practice Kangaroo Care with him.

    It is a proven practice in Australia and Europe and not surprisingly, it hasn't hit North America in the sense of being endorsed by health care professionals.

    Kangaroo Care encourages that bodily contact between parent and child. It encourages you to wear your baby and share in the intimacy and warmth of being together. I honestly accredit my son's rapid growth and development to the Kangaroo care that we practiced.

    To this day, my busy little 2 year old loves to be cuddled and will come searching for it. It is so very important for them.

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  24. AMEN as well...from a babywearer in NC. It's funny, because we just moved here and it is a smaller town. I'm the ONLY person that I have seen here wearing a sling (Maya Wrap) and I get questions, looks, and comments all of the time. Most people think it's pretty cool and most always comment on how HAPPY my baby is close to mommy. Imagine that!!!

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