Though babywearing in particular has not been heavily studies, kangaroo care, touch, neurobiology, and many other aspects of carrying have been thoroughly explored, and the science is clear. Babywearing is not only BEST, but it is what our babies expect. It is, perhaps, the key that explains the evolution of the modern human. This article discusses some of the science behind what we tend to call the “benefits of babywearing.”
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The science of babywearing
Summary: Position Paper on Babywearing
(Original Paper published by the Baby Carrier Industry Alliance)
BETTER OUTCOMES FOR PARENTS:
- Babywearing is practical, comfortable and convenient for caregivers.
- Babywearing facilitates initiation and ease of breastfeeding.
- Babywearing helps parents form attachments to their babies.
- Babywearing allows mothers to more easily care for themselves and theirbabies during the newborn stage, helping to avoid postpartum depression.
“Using a soft baby carrier (“babywearing”) supports the mother/baby dyad’s biological need to be together.”
BETTER OUTCOMES FOR BABIES:
- Research supports not only the safety of babywearing, but establishes it as a biological imperative.
- Babywearing decreases infant crying by approximately 50%.
- Babywearing reduces colic and infant acid reflux disease.
- Babywearing promotes healthy physical development of the spine and hips.
- Babywearing stimulates the vestibular system, vision and other systems in babies.
- Babywearing optimizes the mental development of babies because worn babies have an enriched environment which, in turn, helps their brains to develop better.
- Babywearing allows babies to spend more time in the quiet alert state known to be optimal for learning and development.
- Babywearing helps babies develop socially and keeps babies safe from the multitude of surrounding hazards of everyday life.
- Baby slings are the optimal place for babies to spend time safely developing and bonding to parents in a nurturing environment. Research shows that this caregiver attachment and stimulating, safe environment are critical to early childhood development.
“Baby slings are the optimal place for babies to spend time safely developing and bonding to parents in a nurturing environment. Research shows that this caregiver attachment and stimulating, safe environment are critical to early childhood development. Babywearing is endorsed by medical professionals around the globe.”
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