Have you wondered if you should use a baby sling for your newborn? There is something really very wonderful about snuggling your tiny baby in a baby carrier. Holding them close and feeling their warmth and hearing their heartbeat next to yours is an amazing experience.
But it not just a wonderful feeling, it really does help your baby to develop and grow both physically and mentally.
So here are 5 top reasons for carrying your newborn in a baby sling:
Babies worn in slings are calmer. The more a baby is held, the less she cries so wearing your newborn in a baby carrier will help you both have a peaceful day. Your baby is likely to sleep more quietly and for longer as she feels close to you and is not stressed from being separated from you. This means that when she is awake, she is ready to observe and learn about the world around her.
Newborn babywearing replicates being back in the womb and creates a “Fourth Trimester”. A newborn in a baby wrap is in tune with the parent: she can hear the heartbeat; feel the warmth; smell the familiar aroma which all add to the feeling of comfort and security. Many believe that this 4th trimester is vital for newborns who have not yet learned to regulate their own bodies and may even reduce the incidence of SIDS as the baby can tune into the parent’s breathing.
Babies thrive on motion so carrying your little one in a newborn sling will expose her to all your movements – every time you take a step, reach, bend or twist, she will feel it too and this will all help to develop her vestibular system (the part of the brain that detects motion and controls balance). This will help her to develop her own balance and motor skills later. (By the way, wearing a baby in a sling also counts as tummy time as it helps to strengthen core muscles, ready for crawling and walking.)
Keeping your baby close, especially with skin to skin contact, can help with breastfeeding. Mothers can quickly learn and respond to feeding cues and breastmilk production is improved, so using a newborn baby carrier could help establish and maintain a successful nursing relationship. (Dads and parents who choose to formula feed may find that the closeness of babywearing will help them bond too).
A baby in a sling is physically on the same level as their parent; they see the same things as you and you are introducing them to the world in a safe and comforting way. This form of socialisation enables babies and young children to pick up on your cues when interacting with others and may help them to learn to talk quicker.
Remember – safety first. Always read the instructions, ask for advice from your local sling library or consultant and don’t use if you are unsure about your technique.
I sold baby slings for over 12 years, these are some of my favourites:
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I hope you love carrying your baby as much as I did – comment below and let me know which is your favourite sling.