August 05, 2016
As mentioned, Babywearing doesn't have to be complicated. It also isn't restricted to just Mums. Many Dads adore the opportunity to carry their babies and create a close bond or take them out on an adventure on their backs (over 12 month olds). Some Dads are even choosing their own unique carrier colour or design to use separate from their partners. Some Grandparents enjoy the opportunity too. Babywearing can mean something different for each family - some carry only at certain times of day or for short durations, others frequently, wherever and whenever throughout the day, others only when out and about. Some parents choose to solely use ring slings, mei tais, buckle carriers or wraps, while others mix it up or also use a pram or stroller depending on their situation.
It's all just about using babywearing products to suit your family and what feels right to you and your children. It can be one of the most nurturing, enjoyable experiences with your little ones and also a very convenient helpful way to keep your baby safe, close and settled, or to have them experience adventures out and about up at your level, without you having to carry them awkwardly on your back, lopsided on a hip, or shoulders in a heavy position. Baby carriers, slings and wrap carries are a great way to carry babies and toddlers more comfortably without all the strain. With the right carrier, they can feel so much lighter and more comfortable when being 'worn' as opposed to just carrying them in your arms. These days, with the vast array of ergonomically designed, lightweight carriers that position children in a way that their weight is evenly distributed against your body, you can carry with ease and comfort while still being virtually hands-free. Just remember... Babywearing is not 'new'... it is a traditional ancient practice that mothers have been using for years and is a natural extension from carrying your baby close to your heart during pregnancy. Read more here and listen to the podcast:
::A Great Babywearing Segment from ABC Babytalk (2012)::
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