Babywearing at Home
When most people think of babywearing they often imagine it as an outdoor activity – mums and dads weaving in and out of shops, dancing on the spot as they chat with friends and strolling through the park.
It’s true that babywearing is a great alternative to a pram or stroller – no queuing for lifts in shops, no need to negotiate awkward steps and narrow doorways… It’s also a brilliant alternative to a bouncy chair or crib while you’re at home, too.
The Velcro baby
Some babies can’t bear to be put down, so the idea of you plumping them into a bouncer or seat just won’t fly. You’ll get nothing done – no washing up, no cooking, no washing your hands or, well, anything. Your baby needs to be held close to you and so wrapping her up in a soft sling, wrap or baby carrier so she’s next to your body and you are hands are free is the ideal solution.
Wearing your baby is great for your bond
Not all babies are so demanding, but it’s still wonderful to keep them close as you perform some light domestic duties, or even as you sit and watch TV. This special time increases your bond and is great for helping new babies regulate their breathing and body temperature. It’s also useful to help mums avoid post-natal depression and bonding challenges. This increases you overall feelings of wellbeing and enjoyment as you get things done in your world whilst keeping your baby close.
You can breastfeed discreetly
Most wraps and some structured carriers allow you, with a bit of manoeuvring and practice, to breastfeed without breaking your stride. Once you’ve mastered this art indoors, you can take it outside with confidence. No more downing tools or dropping everything to feed.
Learn how to back carry as well as front carry
Once your baby can sit unassisted and has the core muscle strength and head and neck control to sit for periods of time without over tiring – approximately 5 months plus – you may like to consider back carrying. Sometimes a back carry position will be more practical, especially if you’re cleaning or doing the washing up. The back carry position can open up a whole new world of life together out and about or getting things done while your child is snuggle close to you at home. Either way – keeping snuggle close makes everyone happier.