Baby Steps

Babywearing 101

Baby carriers are contraptions made of fabric that hold a baby on your chest or back. Although babywearing is currently “in fashion”, it’s a concept that has been around for around for thousands of years! Living in the modern world, babywearing is sometimes seen as something special or unique, but historically it was simply what mothers did. Today, we are privileged to be able to use history to inspire our parenting, but with modern advances.

There are many benefits to babywearing; here are three reasons to try it out:

  • Happy babies. Babies love to be held, and we can’t carry them all the time– but babywearing helps keeps babies happy and the caregivers hands-free!
  • Happy parents. Babywearing promotes bonding and attachment. This makes it a great tool for moms, dad, adoptive parents, grandparents and other caregivers to use in order to strengthen ties with their baby.
  • Convenience. When you’re running errands you don’t have to worry about setting up the stroller or lugging a car seat around. You can just go!

Stepping into the babywearing world can feel overwhelming because there are many different styles and types to choose from. Different types of carriers work better for different people and it can be hard to choose which one to try out.

Here are some of the different types of baby carriers to look into:

  • Slings. A Sling is a long piece of fabric that goes over your shoulder and across your torso. They are great for nursing parents because you can use the extra fabric as a cover up if you’re shy about breastfeeding in public.
  • Wraps. A Wrap is a long piece of fabric that you literally wrap around your torso and both shoulders. There can be a learning curve with this type of carrier – but babies love them!
  • Soft structured carriers (SSC). SSC’s are known for being ergonomical and are a great choice for parents who have back issues or will be wearing their baby for extended periods of time – such as during a hike.

There are many options for buying gently used baby carriers online and in consignment shops so this does not have to be a big investment. We’d love to see pictures of you wearing your babies! Tag us in your photos @anybabycan on Instagram or Facebook!

For more parenting tips and tricks, visit us at Any Baby Can or give us a call at 512.454.3743

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