Monday, 10 October 2016

Babywearing, 7 reasons to wear your baby

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Chance in Ergobaby Original wearing The Little White Company
Are you considering an Ergobaby or Baby Bjorn?
Read the 7 benefits of babywearing and how carrying your baby in a carrier/sling can support baby’s development, whilst making YOUR life easier.

I carried Chance for three quarters of 2015. 75% of a whole year!
During this time I continued to do ‘normal things’ such as clean the house, blog somewhat consistently and check my social media at the same time.
When Chance was born I never thought about the fact that it wasn’t as easy to do the ‘normal things’ anymore.
Cleaning is nigh on impossible without Mr L taking Chance out for a walk for a couple of hours; blogging is difficult unless it’s completed in the dead of the night whilst everyone is out cold...and social media. Ha! That’s a luxury!

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Chance in Ergobaby Original wearing The Little White Company
I have mentioned my love for my Ergobaby carrier a couple of times.
Once within the post 12 stands that’s worth a visit at the ‘baby show’ in London and the other when discussing ditching the buggy for a baby carrier within the post 21 great tips for flying with babies. Babywearing, having grown up around strong Yoruba women wasn’t a foreign concept to me, although in Nigeria we back our babies with an Iro and Oja!
Regardless of whether you back your baby, or wear your baby the idea is that you want your baby close to you, whilst you continue to carry out your everyday tasks.

“...many tasks which all of a sudden get a lot easier when you are babywearing, such as cleaning, texting and working”

I have compiled 7 reasons why you should consider babywearing below, especially if you haven’t been hands free in a while!

  1. Convenience
I live in London and sometimes it’s easier to travel with my son in his Ergobaby than trying to navigate his buggy on public transport. Another time I need to be hands-free is when travelling either by train or plane, which is why it is one of my top tips for flying with babies.
There are also many tasks which all of a sudden get a lot easier when you are babywearing, such as cleaning, texting and working.

  1. Supports breastfeeding on the go
I haven’t spoken about the time where I had to breastfeed in the toilet at a restaurant, when out with my in-laws! Fair to say it was very upsetting that my son had to eat in the toilet whilst everyone finished their meals! That was a con to breastfeeding whereas I talk about the benefits of breastfeeding in the post ‘why buy the cow, when you can get the milk for free?
Why I really love my Ergobaby? Ability to breastfeed on the go... and no one can see. Best done in a breastfeeding friendly outfit of course.

“Mummy: Chance can you see that red bus
Chance: mmmm ma ma
Mummy: Chance are you going to say mummy
Chance: nnnnnn neh”

  1. Promotes language development
Chance’s MorMor (grandmother) when out walking with Chance in his buggy talks with him about everything that they see. We are able to do the same when out and about, with increased benefit as Chance is now in his Ergobaby at conversation height so that we can interact.
Mummy: Chance can you see that red bus
Chance: mmmm ma ma
Mummy: Chance are you going to say mummy
Chance: nnnnnn neh
  1. Increases bonding between parent and child
I work a lot. As do most parents, so when I am with my son, my husband and I do a lot of carrying to facilitate that strong bond between child and parent. Everyone who has ever met Chance comments on his calm and happy temperament. In my opinion, I believe this is strongly linked to the strong bond we have harvested through babywearing, possibly co-sleeping (controversial) and the increased oxytocin that being in close proximity with one another yields.

  1. Supports baby’s physical and emotional development
There was a lot of time spent trying to coax Chance into tummy time, until I realised that Chance being upright within his carrier meant that he got the same benefits of tummy time, and soon began scooting and crawling at 6 months old.

“Carrying Chance around within his Ergobaby is a great way of me fitting my workout in”

  1. Promotes neural development, gastrointestinal and respiratory health
I mentioned earlier that being in close proximity to one another increases oxytocin; having Chance close to me or Mr L allows him to see us, smell us, on occasion breastfeed, feel, touch and move the motions that support continued respiratory, gastrointestinal health and develops muscle tone and neural development.

  1. Babywearing keeps you fit
Does any new mother have time to work out? I don’t! I can honestly say that I haven’t had a real workout since I was about 7 months pregnant.
Carrying Chance around within his Ergobaby is a great way of me fitting my workout in, through walking and lugging around 9+ kilos, I am able to keep fit without ‘working out’.

Which baby carrier do you have, or considering? What do you love about baby wearing?

Thank you for reading and please do follow me on Instagram to keep up with my #BabyWearing snaps.

Thank you!

SAL xx
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