You’ve survived three trimesters, been rewarded with your greatest love and pardon, there’s a ‘fourth trimester’? If you’re unfamiliar the term, it refers to the first three months of a baby’s life outside the womb. This is developmentally a huge period for babies as they refine their senses, regulate their nervous system, and generally adjust to the world. It is equally a huge developmental leap for parents as they learn to bond with their baby and adjust their lives.
Baby wearing is nothing new. Women the world over have been doing it for centuries, this accounts for the variety of designs. It is gaining in popularity and for a great many reasons. Baby wearing is the easiest way to promote skin to skin time, which is so essential for fostering closeness. The snug comfort of a sling puts baby in rhythm with the parent’s physicality. This has been found to stimulate baby’s sense of touch, sooth fussiness, and ease crying. Some have taken to calling it kangaroo care, so let’s hop to it and get down to the fun advantages:
The convenience is unparalleled. Your hands are free and your little treasure can accompany you anywhere on any errand. For parents with more children it is a lifesaver. The ease of touching and kissing your baby is such a relief compared to unbuckling and re-buckling into a stroller for that baby fix. Having hit the mid-mark of winter, baby carrying provides you with your own little yummy heater. And finally, it is an equal opportunity baby tool and is as sweet a sight on dad as it is on mom.
The best carriers support both parent and baby’s spine. We have found Potter and Pehar to be incomparable in quality and cuteness and we've partnered with them to give one lucky mama one in your colour choice. To enter go to our Instagram account and follow the instructions.
We’d love to see your selfies with baby in carrier so please share with us with the tag: #Keepwarmandcarryon for an extra entry in the Giveaway - we just couldn’t help ourselves. :)
PS. Are you in Toronto and looking for a free seminar on how to babywear?
Choosing a baby carrier and figuring out how to use it properly can be a daunting task, especially now that there are so many on the market. Don't feel overwhelmed! Join Babywearing Educator & Mom of 3 Care Sinclair for a FREE Drop In Babywearing Session on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 9:30am-11am at West End Mamas.