Babies, and humans in general, need to be touched in a loving, reassuring, comforting way. In the modern society we’re largely afraid of touch, and that’s a real shame. If you’re not going to hug your friends, at the very least hug (and carry, and hold, and wear) your kids. I realize the lawyer’s not going to wear her newborn into court, nor is the pilot going to wear his baby on the plane. But babies need touch. Full-on attachment is probably ideal, in a perfect world – but don’t beat yourself up if you can’t. It’s not a perfect world… Nevertheless, you don’t necessarily need to follow an “all or nothing” approach. You can still carry your baby as often as you can and as much as you feel like in your personal circumstances to feel lots of real benefits.
Babywearing provides an amazing opportunity for Western world mums to transition naturally from pre-baby life to motherhood. This is because mums can learn to carry on with their daily routines and social activities while wearing their babies in the sling. They can do shopping, cleaning and cooking, go out for a dinner, go to movies or a concert while carrying their newborn. They can even catch up on their sleep much easier which adds to their emotional and physical well-being. Most importantly, they will not end up feeling over-whelmed and anti-social. Baby wearing will help new mums stay calm and enjoy new life with the baby.
Nowadays this essential skill has been forgotten and new mums need to get acquainted and master it from scratch. Like with most skills, acquiring it takes time, patience, practice and some guidance.
This guidance can be obtained from the on-line videos, peer to peer support at sling meets or from a qualified baby carrying consultant. Some of the videos available could be confusing or show unsafe practices, some of the slings could be not appropriate for the particular situation or could not hold your baby in the ‘optimal’. A one to one consultation will make sure you choose what is best for you and your baby. It will help you start babywearing adventure in the best possible way – with safety, confidence and enjoyment.