Thursday, August 11, 2011

Benefits of Baby Wearing

Becoming a mother develops a feeling to ALWAYS be close to your baby. When I was still pregnant, the thought to wear my baby never came across my mind. Only after being leave with Ilyaas during confinement as my mum need to go back to work, I started to figure out how I can always stay close to my baby while doing other things (house chores, shopping etc). It took me some time to do little research and surveys regarding baby wearing, the pros and cons. I found out the pros are more than the cons. Thus, I decided to try wearing my baby using modified version of Mei-Tai which is called Buckle-Tai.The type of baby carrier that we use is not a big matter. But as a mum, we must ensure all of them are safe for our babies plus provide good support towards our bodies to ensure both baby and mum/dad enjoy the experience of being close to each others' heart.

Baby wearing is simply means holding or carrying a baby or young child using a cloth baby carrier. Holding babies is natural and universal; baby carriers make it easier and more comfortable, allowing parents and caregivers to hold or carry their children while attending to the daily tasks of living. Babywearing helps a new dad put a fussy newborn to sleep. It allows a new mom use both hands to make a sandwich. It lets an experienced parent or caregiver carry a baby on her back and wash the dishes, do the laundry, take a hike, or weed the garden, all while keeping the baby safe and content. This can generally describe the purpose of wearing your baby.

Here are some benefits of wearing your baby/toddler;-

Medical professionals agree that infants thrive through touch; “wearing” your baby is another way to meet this need. But the benefits of babywearing don’t end there … babywearing offers many other advantages, some of which include:

Happy Babies. It’s true … carried babies cry less! In a study published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers found that babywearing for three hours a day reduced infant crying by 43 percent overall and 54 percent during evening hours. (1)

Healthy Babies. Premature babies and babies with special needs often enter the world with fragile nervous systems. When a baby rides in a sling attached to his mother, he is in tune with the rhythm of her breathing, the sound of her heartbeat, and the movements his mother makes—walking, bending, and reaching. This stimulation helps him to regulate his own physical responses. Research has even shown that premature babies who are touched and held gain weight faster and are healthier than babies who are not. (2)

Confident Parents. A large part of feeling confident as a parent is the ability to read our babies’ cues successfully. Holding our babies close in a sling allows us to become finely attuned to their movements, gestures, and facial expressions. Every time a baby is able to let us know that she is hungry, bored, or wet without having to cry, her trust in us is increased, her learning is enhanced, and our own confidence is reinforced. This cycle of positive interaction deepens the mutual attachment between parent and child, and is especially beneficial for mothers who are at risk for or suffering from postpartum depression. (3) (4)

Loving Caregivers. Baby carriers are a great bonding tool for fathers, grandparents, adoptive parents, babysitters, and other caregivers. Imagine a new father going for a walk with his baby in a sling. The baby isbecoming used to his voice, heartbeat, movements, and facial expressions, and the two are forging a strong attachment of their own. Baby carriers are beneficial for every adult in a baby’s life. Cuddling up close in the sling is a wonderful way to get to know the baby in your life, and for the baby to get to know you!

Comfort and Convenience. With the help of a good carrier, you can take care of older children or do chores without frequent interruptions from an anxious or distressed infant—which helps to reduce sibling rivalry. Baby carriers are also wonderful to use with older babies and toddlers; you can save those arms and go where strollers can’t. Climbing stairs, hiking, and navigating crowded airports all can be done with ease when you use a well-designed baby carrier!

Source :Baby Wearing International

This post is to answer the question in my last post about my Merak Buckle Tai.

Thus, after knowing the benefits, why don't you give a try to wear your baby? Trust me, it's a great experience!


  1. tibe2 i rase nak order jugak buckle tai macam u nie.
    Batrisya tu kemain manja lagi nak berkepit. bangun sekejap pun die leh detect. huhu

  2. fuyoo, hebat sungguh sensor si Isya ni..kecik2 lagi mmg cmtu, manja sakan.
    Boleh je, haha i tolong promote ni mcm la i dapt komisyen kan..
    tak silap i, from newborn dah boleh pakai..ada cara dia la, i xingt sbb kena refer video tutorial.
    lagipun nnt u kan byk travel, so i rs mmg perlu kot..
    i skrg ni dok pakai pegi bazaar ramadhan je.


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