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Babywearing is the easiest and most practical thing a parent can do. Do you really enjoy lugging around that car seat carrier? Is it really safe to have it balancing on the top of your shopping cart? There is a better way to go out on the town with baby. In simple terms, babywearing means using a sling or like product, to carry your infant or toddler. Natural Attachment stresses that parents not use baby back/front packs; these carriers do not properly support babies' heads and necks nor do they promote good spine development and babies can lose circulation to their legs if carried for long periods of time. We suggest using a sling with rings, a tie on sling or a wrap carrier.

Using a sling at first, can be mildly difficult to get the hang of, but once you learn, you will never forget and you won't want to be anywhere without your sling. There are hundreds of resources that show you how to use a sling, most of which you can find online. We suggest visiting www.peppermint.com, to see great pictures of how to use a sling and to see most of the types of slings there are to choose from.

Image is Loading...Image is Loading...Dr. William Sears includes babywearing as one of the eight principles of attachment parenting. He talks of the many great benefits of using a baby sling. The motion from being carried in a sling while mom or dad work, clean house or make dinner, stimulates a baby’s brain and makes her feel safe from close contact with caring parents. Most mothers and fathers say that they would be unable to get anything done if it were not for having a sling to carry the baby in. The use a sling leaves both of a parent’s hands free and prevents back strain and stress associated with improper posture from carrying heavy car seats.

Let's not forget about style either. Slings are stylish and they come in every color/pattern imaginable. Not only will you be able to do more with your child, but you will look great too!

Infant massage is another way to shower your baby with attention.

Infant massage has been practiced by other cultures for centuries. Many physicians have incorporated this ancient art into their practices, after observing the positive effects it has on infants. Research of the benefits of infant massage was started in the mid 1970's. All babies have shown that they have benefited from the nurturing touch of infant massage. Learn how to massage your infant or toddler here.

What are the benefits of infant massage?

  • Relaxes Infant
    It lessens tension, fussiness and irritability. Massage aides in digestion, relief of gas and colic.
  • Enhances Bonding
    Massage is a nurturing tool to covey love, the essential ingredient for a strong parent-baby attachment.
  • Aids Growth and Development
    Studies indicate increased weight gain, muscle development and immune function related to infant massage.
  • Promotes Communication
    Infant massage encourages parents to become more aware of baby's nonverbal cues.

 

Links To Other Websites About Babywearing And Products

10 Reasons to Wear Your Baby

Ask Dr. Sears About Babywearing

Babywearing Photos and Stories

Why wear your baby?

How, Why and Where

How to Baby Wear

MayaWrap Baby Carriers Instructional Video

Mayawrap instructions

Six easy directions on how to wear your baby

Different holds for the baby sling

Traditional Wrap Carries

New Native Baby Carrier Instructions

Baby sling tying tricks

Didymos Sling Directions for Use

How to use a Podegi (Korean blanket carrier)

The Rebozo Way Project 

Rebozo Wrap Instructions "Easy as 1-2-3"

Make Your Own Baby Sling

Make Your Own Rebozo Sling

Make Your Own Padded Sling

Make Your Own Tube/Pocket Sling

Make a Podeagi Sling

Make Your Kid A Sling

The material in this website is provided for information purposes only. This information is not a substitute for, medical diagnosis, medical advice, or medical treatment prescription. Consult your health care provider for more information. If you are in Pittsburgh and need a midwife, send email to PghMidwife (at) naturalattachment.com
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