[Note from Catbird Baby: Thanks to Neve Spicer of “We the Parents” for providing this content in celebration of International Babywearing Week.]
The first week of October marks the 10th annual celebration of babywearing, with advocates of this parenting technique both celebrating and championing slings, wraps, and carriers. But is babywearing really worth all this attention?
First off, wearing our infants is a wonderful convenience. After all, it puts our newborns in our immediate vicinity without straining our arms or backs. We can offer instant comfort to them, nurse/feed as needed, and even free up our hands to get something done around the house.
But go beyond the anecdotal evidence and you’ll find a wealth of scientific research in various fields which point to the developmental and health benefits of babywearing (both for parent and infant).
We The Parents has combed through this literature to provide a visualization illustrating the evidence-based benefits of babywearing.
At present, there are only a handful of direct babywearing studies (though more are planned). This means, to get a complete picture of the science behind babywearing, you’ll need to look at the research in closely related fields such as early child development and anthropology. When you do, the evidence comes flooding in.
Carriers, wraps, and slings not only promote bonding and attachment, but also can help mitigate the occurrence of otitis media (aka middle ear infections), lessen crying bouts, reduce reflux symptoms, and can even help cope with postpartum depression.
We are thrilled to join in celebrating babywearing and its many positive effects during this year’s 10th annual International Babywearing Week! There are so many options out there, there is a carrier style that will work for everybody; read here to see which catbird carrier is for you.