Millions of mothers throughout the world are opting to use a baby sling to cradle their baby throughout the day. These slings have recently become popular with all types of mothers, from housewives to celebrity moms (and dads). Everywhere you look these days, from the coffee house to the gym, and the library to the retail shopping center, you’re likely to see parents carting their children around in a baby sling. Why then, you might ask, has this recent trend become so popular? It’s because there are so many benefits available to parent and baby when using a baby sling.
First, babies like to be carried. In fact, babies who are carried more often tend to cry much less than babies who are not. In cultures where babies are carried around for the majority of the day, babies spend very little time crying, usually only minutes per day. And, we all know, a happy baby means a happy mom (dad, daycare provider, etc).
Second, many studies show children who are carried more often form more secure attachments with their parents. Holding a baby closely helps parents and babies bond. When a baby is so close to their parents that often, parents become more adept at understanding and fulfilling babies’ needs. When this is done, babies learn to trust their parents more, and therefore, form more secure attachments. Wearing a baby sling is a great way to maximize contact with your baby and form secure bonds and attachments.
Third, wearing a sling is very convenient for parents, allowing them to stay hands-free for certain tasks. This convenience allows parents more freedom to do things they need to get done. Wearing a baby sling allows parents to get out of the house easier without the hassle of a bulky stroller. It also allows parents to perform tasks such as preparing dinner, light housework, and helping other children, all while giving their baby the attention he/she may need.
Finally, baby slings aid in healthy development. Babies who are carried more are usually more alert. This alertness allows babies to develop such skills as language and listening. It’s also a more comfortable transition for them from the womb to the outside world. They can feel their mother’s heartbeat, as well as the rhythm of her movements as they adjust to life outside of their mother’s womb. In addition to mental development, babies who are carried in an upright position can benefit physically. Being carried upright helps babies develop more core strength, it helps strengthen their neck muscles to support their head, and it helps aid babies with gastrointestinal issues such as colic or reflux.
If you have determined that a baby sling is a right decision for you and your baby, choosing the right sling can seem like a daunting task, but there is no need to feel overwhelmed. There are many options available, so do your research to make sure you choose the sling that is right for both you and your baby.