Monday, August 18, 2008

Our top 5 reasons for using a baby carrier

We're all fans of Baby Carrying at SuperMomz. I carried both babies for about 18 months each (including trecks across London with an 18 month old in a sling). Our wonderful office assistant also loved carrying her youngest son - she used to see me run around with my daughter on my hip and loved how free and easy it seemed (and was). I used a Baby Bjorn for a few months with my son, then switched to the New Native Baby Carrier. I used New Native to carry my daughter until she was about 2 years old.

If you're not yet convinced that Baby Carrying is for you, here's our top 5 reasons for why you should give it a try:

  • Hands Free Conveniece for Mom: Most baby wearing advocates will first list the benefits for your baby. While we know there are so many benefits for your child (and will get to them in a minute) we also know that life is so much easier for mom when her baby is snuggling contently in his baby carrier. A happy baby leads to a happy mom and happy moms can take better care of the new child.
  • Nurturing: A sense of security is important for infants and a baby carrier keeps baby close proving the nurturing and security they need.
  • Conversation: Baby will hear you talking to people all day! Experts have told us that the amount of words and converstations a baby hears is related to when he starts to talk. Baby will be able to hear you talk with the clerk at the grocery store, on the telephone and to your family and friends. Your baby will learn to model the way you speak and learn the patterns of conversation.
  • Interaction: The world around you is seen at your eye level. When your baby is sitting in a stroller much of your interactions will go unnoticed. But, when your baby is sitting much higher up in a baby carrier, he'll be able to see what you are seeing and interact with you an everyone around you.
  • Awareness of your daily activities and scheduling: When your baby is able to see what goes on around you each ay, he becomes aware of your daily schedule. For example he'll notice that you stop for lunch in the middle of the day, that you collect your toddler from pre-school in the early afternoon and that you sway a little as you stoll around the pack. He'll get to know the daily routine of life making many transitions much easier for both of you.

So now we've convinced you, take a look and see what Baby Carriers are all about!