Mommy-Corner: 4 Benefits to Babywearing
I go out every day, rain or shine, and here is why: won’t go into general befits, we all know them. I want to talk about things that surfaced relatively recent, actual studies with benefits that are too valuable to skin on. Here are 4 of the benefits to babywearing that studies are providing support for:
IMPROVES BABY’S DIGESTION
A study in 2007 has shown that babywearing has a similar effect on babies as infant massage: it increases gastric activity and stimulates the release of hormones responsible for food absorption. To tag along with this one, a study right about the same time has shown that babywearing helps to lower a risk of otitis media.
SYNCHRONIZES MOTHER AND BABY
Feldman R in a 2011 study found that not only mothers’ and babies’ heart rhythms coordinate during babywearing and interaction, BUT the wake/sleep cycles seem to coordinate was well. Translation? Babies that are carried in baby carriers SLEEP BETTER! Isn’t it what we all want?!
INCREASES PARENTAL CONFIDENCE
This one is not particularly a new study, but it is not mentioned too often, when it should be. R Tessier found that parents who practice Kangaroo care ( skin-to-skin and babywearing) feel more confident as parents and are more resilient to stressful childcare situations.
This is the answer to all of you, guys, who ask me how I deal with so many kids :) I baby-wear! Jokes aside, this study has been supported over the course of decades. I think it’s worth paying attention to.
HELPS TO PREVENT AND TREAT HIP DYSPLASIA
This study is not completed yet, but the consensus so far is just that: babywearing helps. It is hypothesized that wearing an infant inward facing in a structured baby carrier results in similar muscle activity and hip positioning as the orthopedic devices currently used to treat babies with hip dysplasia.
Translation? Wear babies (in proper position AND proper baby-carriers, of course) to prevent and to use as partial treatment for dysplasia.
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Curious, how many of you tried wearing babies? Or do you prefer a stroller? Pros/cons on both?