Babywearing is the practice of carrying your baby or child in a sling such as our Mei Tai or Ring Slings. Slings have been used by parents and carers across the world for centuries, but over recent years it has become more popular in the UK over recent years due to its many benefits for both parent and child.
For example, infants that are carried in slings are often calmer due to being able to see and feel their parent and rhythms like a heartbeat or walking also helps to calm them. Babywearing also helps with their social development as they can see facial expressions and body language much more easily. As well as the effects on the baby’s mental well-being, slings help to decrease the risk of flat-head syndrome which is caused by lying on their back. Most importantly, the increased physical contact creates a much stronger bond between the parent and child.
For parents, baby wearing is fantastic for helping with breastfeeding. While in a sling, the baby can nurse in relative privacy, and the mother still has both hands free. This can take a little time to get used to, and can take some practise, but at the least a sling can help take some of the strain off.
Of course, as you’d expect, there are some safety issues to be aware of when carrying your baby in a sling. Babies worn on the back may be able to reach things that you cannot see, and while on the front they’re much closer to hot food, drinks or other items. Also, slings need to be secured well to stop a baby wriggling free. Finally, because they are so close to the parent, babies in slings don’t need to be overdressed.
Our Mei Tai and Ring Slings are a fantastic way to carry your baby. Over the next couple of blogs we’ll look at these different types of slings so that you can see what would be best for you and your baby.