Advantages of Sling
Carried Babies Cry Less
are comforted by the motion, smells, and warmth of their parents.
The sling helps ease the transition from womb to outside world.
Researchers have found that babies settle best when held by caregivers
who move in all planes of motion (up and down, side to side, and
back and forth), and they cry less then babies who are only rocked
side to side.
Helps Babies Learn
who carry their babies often become sensitive to their baby's cues
and often anticipate their needs even before they cry. Less energy
used by babies for crying means more energy for growing and learning.
Babies carried in slings spend more time in "quiet alertness",
a state best responsive to learning. At adult eye level they are
best able to interact with and observe their environments. A stimulating
environment is important to brain growth in babies.
Helps Babies Develop Motor Skills
are finding that the gentle and abundant motion that babies experience
during babywearing stimulates the vestibular system. This is the
system responsible for controlling a baby's sense of balance located
behind the middle ear. This stimulation helps babies breathe and
grow better, regulates their physiology, and improves motor development.
Enhances Speech Development
up at voice and eye level, so is more involved in conversations.
Also, some sounds have the potential to frighten babies but when
babies feel comfortable and safe worn next to their parents, these
sounds can have learning value.
Makes Breastfeeding Easier
breastfeeding needs to be hidden from the public, but some mothers
feel more comfortable when both breast and baby are out of sight.
Makes going out Easier
out is easier because mothers are still able to nurse on demand
while not missing out on the world around them. Babies in slings
are usually quiet and content. This makes them much more acceptable
in adult surroundings.
Easier for Parents
carry their children. Slings help parents by distributing the baby's
weight comfortably in the back rather then in the arms. This also
allows for free hands for doing daily activities like washing dishes,
preparing meals, grocery shopping, etc.
Gardening . . .
Camping . . .
Yardwork . . .
Information gathered from personal experience and
- "The Attachment Parenting Book"
by William Sears, M.D. and Martha Sears, R.N. (2001)
- "Natural Family Living" by Peggy O'Mara (2000)