October 11, 2006

Fabulous Facts About Babywearing

1. It keeps baby close, which is great for baby and mama…

2. Good for baby's physical development: By being so close to your body's rhythms, your newborn "gets in rhythm" much more quickly. Your heartbeat, breathing, voice and warmth are all familiar. Research has shown how this helps newborns (especially premature babies) to adapt to life outside the womb.

3. Good for babies whose mamas are depressed: Babies who are not held need more verbal interaction and eye contact, just to be reassured that you're there. Carrying your baby is a great way to connect with baby (and provide stimulation too) without the "burden" of having to interact. Of course your baby is "right there" to enjoy whenever you feel like snuggling, kissing or talking.

4. The kissing thing- that little head is right there for a zillion soft smooches a day. Love it!

5. Babies cry less: Research has shown that babies who are carried cry 43% less overall and 54% less during the evening hours. In cultures where babies are carried almost continuously, babies cry much less than those in non-carrying cultures.

6. Good for baby's mental development. Babies spend more time in a "quiet, alert state" when carried - the ideal state for learning. Their senses are stimulated while being carried (yet there is a place to retreat too). When carried, your baby sees the world from where you do, instead of the ceiling above his crib or people's knees from a stroller. And the extra stimulation benefits brain development.

7. Good for baby's emotional development. Babies are quickly able to develop a sense of security and trust when they are carried. They are more likely to be securely attached to their care-giver and often become independent at an earlier age.

8. It’s practical! It’s cheap and then there’s less need for putting baby in a box while getting things done.

9. Easy, discreet, hands-free nursing! (I find the easy part more true as baby is younger!)

10. Have other children? Keep baby safe and close while you tend to your other little ones!

11. It’s in style! Babies are the
latest in accessories, don’t you know?!

12. Babywearing is a great way to keep the nosy women and germy grannies at church from putting you in an awkward situation- when they want to hold baby. Nice & snug in the sling, baby is more off-limits!

13. It makes sense!!!
The womb lasts eighteen months: Nine months inside mother & nine months out!

Be sure to visit Nest for the most beautiful slings ever...
Take a peek at Urban Baby Runway's selection of
great slings here!
Check out TheBabyWearer.com for more great babywearin' info!
See what Dr. Sears says here for more info on attachment parenting.


  1. #12 is a definite plus. Corinne went through a "no strangers, heck noBODY but Mommy" phase a few months ago. The sling was a great way for her to meet new people without being as scared.

  2. Wonderful post girl! Amen on #1 - Xavier is proof of that. I KNOW he's thriving do in part to all that babywearing! (I love that sling Kate Hudson is wearing...the things we lust after these days!)

  3. After reading this list, I SERIOUSLY wish I would have wore my babies more. Your posts have been very enlightening! ;)

    Thanks for visiting my Thursday Thirteen, too!

  4. I just LOVE that blue and gree batik ring sling!!! Love it!!

  5. Great list. You know I love wearing Carter, and I have you to thank. I only wish I had known about slings when the other 2 were babies.

    Last night Carter was over tired and REALLY crabby. Pop him in the sling - calmed him right down so I could nurse him and off to dream land for us both!

    I LOVE the sling on the bottom left. Me want!!

  6. Love love love my Moby Wrap. If I could only have one thing I would forget all the toys and swings and bouncy seats and just get a wrap. Sure makes for snuggly kiddos!

  7. Great list Steph!!! It's good to see people getting the word out on babywearing!! I never see woman wearing their babies, and everyone looks at me like I've lost it..

  8. Amen Sister! Preach it! You are so awesome! There are so many moms who don't even know what a sling is or "baby-wearing." It is so natural and there are so many benfits. We could talk about it all day!

  9. Thanks for posting this. :)
    BTW, the black one in the 2nd picture...what sling/wrap is that? I did not have one w/ my first and I WILL have one for this baby. lol. I like the way that 2nd one seems.

  10. Sharon, that 2nd sling is a plain ol' black unpadded ring sling (maya wrap style)- I bought it off ebay- it was homemade by the nicest lady (she also made the green & blue tie dye one):
    Kim at ikbrickey@charter.net if you want to email her!

    So, here's all the slings in the pics:
    1. Heavenly Bundle pouch
    2. Black ring sling
    3. Green & Blue Tie Dye ring sling (yes a lovely one, but I gave it away recently to bless someone else!)
    4. Rockin' Baby ring sling

    In the links it shows Jeff wearing the mei tai, a traditional carrier.

    I also have a mesh ring sling for the shower- highly recommend!

  11. After thinking for a second I realized my comment could have sounded jerky. Didn't mean it like that. It's great you are spreading the word of something so positive.

    Next time I'll try thinking first.

  12. Awwww! Too cute!

  13. I wish I had those when my 4 children were little. How old or big until you stop using it? My youngest is 3. Jennifer

  14. Now THAT is a whole lotta slings. :) Tell the masses - it's good to talk about this kind of stuff, so The Public knows they've got options.

    Like Mama-cta said - you're preaching to the choir, and oooobaby, the choir loves it. Thanks for posting!

  15. good list! I need to get me some more styling slings like you have. I own one, and it is - in my opinion - ugly. But I use it none the less. Enjoy it, it was a hand-me-down, and I can't complain.

    One more plus - it keeps toddlers (like my two year old) tucked safly with me while shopping in a "no touch" store, where otherwise she would be running around and making me purchase broken things.
    And my TT's up too.

  16. What else is there to say, other than AMEN!!! I'm so missing wearing Sophia, but she doesn't want it at all now... unless she's sick, which is rare (must have been those two years of antibodies in the mama's milk!).
    My best friend (IRL) just did a post about her sling finds & faves, too!http://ellieonline.blogspot.com/2006/10/in-meantime_11.html
    She just had her 3rd son, not too long ago & is a hearty baby-wearing breastfeeding believer, like you!
    Thanks for getting all this great info out!! You rock!

  17. Hi, I just found your website and I'm interested in babywearing. What places would you recommend for baby slings? Thanks

  18. wow I totally agree with that!!! I didn't have a nice snuggly like yours but I built quite a bit of muscle on the right side of my body where the babies were pretty much attached constantly!

    I also practiced the family bed for these reasons too....not many seem to agree with me but the studies show that children coming from the family bed are more adaptable and affectionate and that is just to name a few!

  19. You love your ring slings! I never quite got the hang of mine but want to try again with the next baby. Do you wrap? Do you Ergo?

    I saw your comment about the mesh sling for the shower. I love my mesh pouch for that very reason. Actually, Ella has only ever taken 3 or 4 baths alone in her life! She is always in with me or my husband.

    I love, love, love how you are promoting babywearing!

  20. Great list -- I definitely plan to try more babywearing with baby #2. I was too insecure with Emma to try anything "new," but now I am ready. Between you and Mama C-ta, I have all the convincing I need! :o)

  21. I am back in the saddle I think with the baby wearing! But I need something for a big girl and a big kid- do you think a ring sling would be the way to go now? Cause my peanut shell no longer fits my big boobs!

  22. I love the blue/green and of course the orange patterned -- very Gwen!! :)

    Golly, am I late commenting or what? #24 in fact!

  23. oh my gosh. I love this post. Preach it GIRL!!!! YES!!! YES! Baby wearing is so important. I didn't do it with my first as much as the second and there is a HUGE difference.

    Love this.

    Keep it up.

  24. Stephanie - I 100% agree with point #2. My son was 7 weeks premature and the special care nursery highly encouraged us to practice "Kangaroo Care" which meant baby wearing. Within 2 months, my son went from being less than 5% on the height/weight chart for his gestational age - to 95% for his birth age. Translation: Wearing your baby has many health advantages for your child's growth and mental development.

    To this day, my 2 year old son loves cuddling, hugging and hanging on to his mommy. It has allowed for him to outgrow his prematurity, have excellent health and a tremendous amount of security within himself!

    Now ... only if I can get my hands on slings as stylish as yours. Baby #2 will be arriving come late February so I might just need to break down and try good ol EBay. :)

  25. Yay baby wearin'. I need to get some better slings before number 2 comes. When it's time I comin' straight to you for recs.

  26. I sure wish I had some of these handy slings when my kids were babies!

  27. I am a sling-user, but never thought of myself as a 'babywearer.' Hm. Mother of 3, and I've never heard the term. Weird. :o)

    No wonder all my friends think I'm a hippie! LOL

    Great T13...mine's up too.

  28. Just a bit of commentary... Slings are definately more the "norm" these days, but I hear a lot of "I wish they had those when I had kids" People don't realize that slings are nothing new! They have been (and are) used in other cultures for centuries!

  29. I loved my sling. Thanks for stopping by.

  30. I know this is late, but where or where can I get a mesh ring sling for the shower??? That sounds wonderful!

  31. love the first black sling! very cool colors! Big whoop for babywearing!

  32. I had a babysling for my james came in handy but boy was award to get on and off with out help! dint help that i lived on the 3rd floor flat !


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