I have the babywearing love...which means I take every opportunity to carry my 6 month old baby boy in a wrap or sling. The main reason I do this is quite simple....Cuddles! But it also deeply resonates with my feelings about positive mothering.
When I carry my baby close against me he is calm and comforted; he can smell my scent, feel my warmth, my breath and heartbeat. He is happy. And usually after 10 minutes of being carried, gently rocked by the rhythm of my movement comes magic sleepy dust. If he’s on my front, I can kiss the top of his gorgeous soft head. More cuddles for me!
It just makes sense that a child in the ‘in arms’ phase should be carried, and as a bonus using the wrap or sling means I have two arms free to * put the washing out / do the shopping /chase my 3 year old daughter (* delete as appropriate). So my baby travels with me in my life, he is with me every step of the way.
I love that baby wearing is ergonomic – it reminds me of my posture and, when I carry him on my back, counter balances the stretch of my spine after nine months of a heavy load on my front.
So: well designed and also convenient. For me baby wearing means no pram, which means no awkward negotiating doorways, crowded shops or steep hills. And no wrestling the thing in and out of the car boot - phew! It’s a joy to go for a walk in the woods, or over the hills or jump in puddles all with my baby on my back.
And it’s very cute. I so often receive positive comments about how happy and content he looks, snuggled and cuddled next to me. When people stop and talk to me, he is immediately at face level and so included in the conversation. This maximises social contact and engenders a sense of individuality and independence.
There is a worldwide community of baby wearers and this feels good too. I love to see other mamas out and about carrying/cuddling their little ones. I feel part of a supportive movement (no pun intended but it does work quite well!)
There is a host of reasons to carry your baby and well researched evidence suggests that it is super healthy for you and your little one...but really...it’s all about the cuddles.
Emma Claire Tivey is a medical herbalist who specialises in holistic herbal healing, coaching and support for women’s wellbeing from menarche to menopause. Catch up on her herbal happenings at www.womanwiseherbal.com
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