At circle ME, we hope we can introduce you to the art of baby-wearing for the first time or take an adventure with a new carrier style. For the eyes and ears of a little one the world is seemingly overwhelming, big and bright, with fast movements and many scrambled utterances. Being left alone in this strange realm of fantasy and make believe, as reality has not sunk in yet, can leave one feeling very vulnerable and frankly frighting. With sudden jerks of uncontrollable body behavior and the inability to turn their head from so much turbulence, a newborn child wants to be comforted and held tightly, close to flesh and hearts of those few things that they know as reality at this point and the only thing that can save them from the vast surroundings the world has to offer. They want to be held. They want to feel safe. They want to be able to hide from the uncertainty. They want to be worn.
Bo and I were probably first exposed to baby wearing on a National Geographic documentary or maybe even in history books. However our first remembrance of exposure was while Bo was in chiropractic school. Our friends wore their child in a ring sling (Over the Shoulder Baby Holder). We both watched with admiration as our friends embarked upon parenthood with such ease and a depth of excitement. The mom wore her DS everywhere, even to doctorate school, which she was able to then hear and see her newborn’s cues and desires before a meltdown of cries. She nursed her son, carried him, and basically took care of all his first developmental needs by carrying him around in a sling or wrap and remained hands free, even for bathroom times. It was liberating. Bo watched the father bond with his newborn child in a way that he had never seen; by wearing his child, the father was able to create a bond that may not otherwise be there in such early years.
So with our first child, we were determined to baby-wear. We made our first ring sling out of comic fabric and it looked good and cute but it worked horribly, (not surprised, I am not a seamstress!). So we purchased an Over the Shoulder, found it to be to bulky, purchased a Moby wrap which worked well until 4 months and spring in the air, which is when we purchased our Maya Sling, which we still have and use today (rips and all). Bo loves wearing our children and bonding with them so intimately through this form of touch and caring. It has also proven to be a great way to help me as he can carry our children while shopping, hiking, or vacuuming. I personally enjoy being a hands free mommy, especially now with multiple kiddos, but never losing that needed security from attachment during my newborn through toddler years. By wearing our children, they are able to see what we see versus being in a bouncy seat, laying on the floor, or car seat always looking up at us and longing for touch and safe visual stimulation. They want to interact with us from conception on. They want to see what we see. Hear what we hear. Learn by our words and heart beats. They want to be a part of our world in a safe way. They want to learn by example. they want to be a part of the family. We love everything about baby-wearing and hope you will too!
Furthermore, Babywearing has become a ‘growing’ trend and we are thrilled to see more Moms and Dads keeping their little ones close and growing together! We also recognize the benefits of keeping your baby close during those first impressionable years! Wearing your baby in a baby sling or baby carrier has several benefits: (excerpt from The Baby Wearer)
Babies who are carried cry less on average than those that are not. Research has shown that babies who are carried cry (on average) 43% less overall and 54% less during the evening hours.
Babies spend more time in a “quiet, alert state” when carried – the ideal state for learning. When carried, your baby sees the world from where you do, instead of the ceiling above his crib or people’s knees from a stroller.This extra stimulation benefits brain development.
Babies are able to develop a sense of security and trust when they are carried. They are more likely to be securely attached to their care-giver/s and often become independent at an earlier age.
By being close to your body’s rhythms, baby “gets in rhythm” much more quickly. Research has shown how this helps newborns (especially premature babies) to adapt to life outside the womb.
Helps with Post Partum Depression
Babies who are not held need more verbal interaction and eye contact, just to be reassured that you’re there. Moms who may suffer from Post Partum Depression will find that carrying their baby is a great way to connect with her (and provide stimulation, too) without the “burden” of having to interact. Of course your baby is “right there” to enjoy whenever you feel like snuggling, kissing or talking. This is by no means a cure or solution for Post Partum Depression, always seek counsel from your physician first.
Eases the strain
Carrying your baby in a sling or pouch puts less strain on baby’s spine and your back!