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Babies need a lot of attention and yet despite your wishes, you can’t sit on the couch all day holding your baby. There is a great way you can have your baby with you whenever she needs you, yet have your hands free to do other things.  Imagine being able to cook, clean, shop, and play with your other children with baby safely snuggled up against you.  You can do all that and more with babywearing.

Most people have seen the large backpack carriers that used to be very popular, but babies can now be worn in lots of different positions using a variety of comfortable soft cloth carriers in all kinds of fabrics and colors.  The kind of carrier you choose will depend on how you want to carry your baby and your personal style.  There are tons of different choices; so research before you decide which kind you want. If you need help choosing, I recommend the Baby Sling Book.

Babywearing is good for your baby too.  Here are just a few benefits of babywearing for your baby:

• Most babies cry less when they’re being worn; up to 50% less.  This is because they’re always close to mom.  They’re also constantly getting new images to process and understand, so they’re less bored

• The constantly changing stimuli when being carried help stimulate your baby’s brain and promote neural development.

• Babies who are worn by their moms tend to form a stronger bond with her; this is because they feel safer and secure near her.

• Being able to feel mom’s heart beat and body functioning helps the baby’s biorhythms develop faster. Babies who are worn are more “organized”.

Baby wearing is not only great for your baby; it’s great for you too.

• Wearing your child gives you the comfort of having them there with the convenience of being able to use both your arms.

• With a baby sling, you can breastfeed your child without using your hands and more discreetly when you’re out and about.

• You don’t have to haul around a heavy stroller or car seat when you’re out.

• You get a great weight-bearing workout from carrying the extra weight.

• Being with your baby all the time helps you learn their normal cues.  Then you can anticipate when they’ll need to be fed, changed, or cuddled. Parents who practice elimination communication say that babywearing helps them learn baby’s elimination cues.

While baby slings and carriers are considered safe for you and your child, there are some precautions you should take.

• If you carry the baby on your hip or to one side, change sides and directions regularly so you don’t cause yourself back and hip problems.

• Make sure you’re using a carrier or sling that is appropriate for the age and weight of your child.

• Practice with a doll, teddy bear, before you start carrying your child.  This will help you learn to watch their head and to take other precautions to keep them from being injured. You can also learn a lot by viewing the instructions in the Baby Sling Book.

• Don’t wear your baby while in the car; babies should be in an appropriate car seat.

If done safely and properly, wearing you baby in a sling or carrier can be a great way to bond with them, comfort them, and get all your chores done all at the same time.