A Little Something For You To Know…
By Gina van’t Wout
Babywearing is something, which has truly inspired me as a mom to open my eyes and see what is really out there when it comes to having and raising our children. Being first introduced to it as something that just seemed practical to me, I have come to realize that the benefits of it and a lot of other wonderful things that seem to come hand in hand, are the way that I want my babies to be brought up. From woven wraps to using essential oils for treatment and healing, all of it is amazing stuff in my opinion.
The number one rule that I have been taught in babywearing is that it is the one thing that our children expect at birth. It is where they belong, to be close to us and know that we are there for them one hundred percent. Not only is this beneficial to our babes but it also makes life easier for us (as parents). For instance, during frequent household chores and even during cooking for the holidays, I have found that being able to put my little one on my back makes my tasks a whole lot easier. They are happy because they are close to you and being held and you get to complete your tasks hands free. Baby also gets the benefit of learning from you as you do life on a day-to-day basis. The interactions that you make with objects and other people are being passed onto your children as they observe what you are doing.
And not only is this great for your baby mentally and emotionally but also physically as they were accustomed to your heartbeat while in your womb, they are able to continue feeling your movement and hearing your after they are born. In addition, there is literature to support that this helps babies with reflux problems and I also have heard testimonials from mammas that it helped to keep their little one’s hips in the right spot. While babe’s legs are “frogged” in the wrap, it helps to keep their hips in an ergonomic, comfortable position, which allows them to slowly, and naturally adjust over the first three months of their little lives!
Honestly, this is one of the most wonderful things that I have come across so far in the short amount of time that I have been a mother but it is something that I will continue to use until all my children have grown out of it. It only makes sense that we do things that have been around for thousands of years. Obviously it was a good mothering skill as it has been documented and passed on for so many generations. They must have been doing something right back then or how would we have all survived?
HAPPY BABYWEARING MAMMAS![i]
[i] Information from this article was taken from http://www.lalecheleague.org/nb/nbnovdec04p204.html and http://www.facebook.com/groups/centralabbabywearing/