There are some caregiving practices that are considered to be old fashioned and outdated. They are thought to be too time consuming for the modern age. Like practices such as breastfeeding or using cloth diapers. Who has time for that when there are modern conveniences which eliminates the need for such old fashioned ideas. Well, babywearing might also fit into that category.
Babywearing is the practice of using a carrier to attach the baby to the caregiver’s body. The four main types of carriers that are used by parents and caregivers are the sling, wrap, soft structured carrier, and the hard structured carrier. Though they each have their own individual benefits. Carriers, in general, benefit both caregiver and baby alike.
Traditionally carriers were used to transport the baby if the mother had to travel or go to work. In those days she did not have the modern conveniences like water, a refrigerator or even a stove inside of her house. She had to travel outside of her dwelling place if she wanted to eat or provide for her family. So many women took to babywearing to accomplish their daily tasks with peace of mind. In this modern era, parents have in-home conveniences but they still have tasks to do around the house. When using a carrier the parent still has free hands to do many daily tasks.
Premature and newborn infant’s bodies lack the ability to insulate them from the temperature outside of the womb. It is scientifically proven that these babies fair better when they have body to body contact with their caregiver. The warmth and body rhythms of the caregiver soothes the baby and stimulates the development process. The most popular carriers used to promote such bonding are the sling, wrap, and the soft structured carrier. Many women who breastfeed their baby prefer the sling because it allows for privacy during breastfeeding without much maneuvering.
The wrap is the favorite carrier of many women who have feed and changed their babies and have errands to run. It looks intimidating because there are yards of fabric to wrangle with, but once the technique is learned it literally takes less than five minutes to wrap and load the baby safely and securely. The wrap accommodates children from infants to toddlers and it can be used to carry two children at one time safely. The soft structured carrier is ideal for any baby that can support his/her own head. It can be worn on the front or the back.