What is Babywearing?
Babywearing is the act of carrying an infant in a sling or baby carrier. It can be done from newborn right through til a child is at school. All slings and carriers have a weight limit that they have been tested to. The weight limit is to allow the user transparency when deciding if the sling is suitable for their infant.
What is the difference between a baby carrier and a sling?
This wholly depends on whom you ask. Most babywearing educators will agree that the word sling or carrier can be used interchangeably. Others feel that a sling represents an item that you wrap around yourself and baby. Whereas a carrier has buckles and is relatively structured and needs less knowledge to put on.
I would like to know more about different types of baby carriers.
Our website and magazine is jam-packed full of advice of slings READ THIS for more on the different types. Generally speaking there are 5 main types of carriers with several sub types below that:
Asian Inspired Carriers
I am starting out, where do i find out more about babywearing?
New to babywearing? We have the perfect babywearing starter guide to help you get a clearer picture of the kind of things you will need to know.
I would like professional help with babywearing.
There are sling libraries and sling consultants all around the world that can help with your please see our list below for your country:
USA – https://babywearinginternational.org/
UK – http:www/ukslinglibraries.co.uk
Australia – https://www.babywearingschoolaustralia.com/index.php/consultants
The benefits of babywearing
Babywearing can be hugely beneficial to both child and wearer. Whether the wearer is the biological mother or a relative looking after an infant, the impact can be far-reaching.
Carried infants cry less – Studies have found an infant can cry up to 50% less when carried in a sling.
It may help with avoiding head deformities – Infants who spend a significant amount of time on their backs or in devices such as bouncers, prams or car seats are more at risk of positional plagiocephaly.
It can help breastfeeding – It is theorised that mothers who wear their infants and breastfeed are more able to distinguish feeding cues earlier. Wearing an infant also helps to increase levels of Oxytoctin. Which is directly associated with increased milk supply and overall feelings of happiness.
Regulation of vital body functions – holding an infant close to a caregiver will help to stabilise breathing, heart rate and breathing rate. When an infants body does not have to work so hard to maintain these systems it can concentrate on growing the body and brain more efficiently.
To find out more on how carrying can positively effect a child and society as a whole read this.
Is babywearing safe?
Simply put yes, but it should be undertaken with care. The babywearing T.I.C.K.S is a guide to encourage a person to place an infant in the carrier ensuring their airway is open. It stands for:
Close Enough To Kiss
Keep Chin Off Chest
The most important issues is that the carrier is supporting the infants natural spine curve and allowing the chin to be at least 2 fingers from the chest.
To find more about babywearing safety read this.