Military Significant Others and Spouse Support - MilitarySOS.com
Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: 10 Reasons to Wear Your Baby

  1. X
    Steph*'s Avatar
    Steph* is offline
    X
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    X
    Posts
    13,129
    #1

    Thumbs Up 10 Reasons to Wear Your Baby

    Advertisements
    Came across this & wanted to share

    ------------------
    1. Wearing a baby is convenient.
    When we carry a baby in a sling, we can walk around freely and not have to worry about negotiating steps, crowds or narrow aisles with a stroller. Plastic "baby buckets" and removable car seats are heavy and awkward for parents, babies often look uncomfortable, and they are kept at knee level. A sling can block out excess stimuli when breastfeeding a distractable baby, and it allows for discreet nursing in public places. A sling can also double as a changing pad, blanket, or cushion when away from home. I’ve found my sling especially handy when negotiating busy airports with a small child and several bags!

    2. Wearing a baby promotes physical development.
    When a baby rides in a sling attached to his mother, he is in tune with the rhythm of her breathing, the sound of her heartbeat, and the movements his mother makes – walking, bending, and reaching. This stimulation helps him to regulate his own physical responses, and exercises his vestibular system, which controls balance. The sling is in essence a "transitional womb" for the new baby, who has not yet learned to control his bodily functions and movements. Research has shown that premature babies who are touched and held gain weight faster and are healthier than babies who are not1. Mechanical swings and other holding devices do not provide these same benefits.

    3. Babies worn in slings are happier.
    Studies have shown that the more babies are held, the less they cry and fuss. In indigenous cultures where baby-wearing is the norm, babies often cry for only a few minutes a day – in contrast to Western babies, who often cry for hours each day. Crying is exhausting for both the baby and his parents, and may cause long-term damage as the baby’s developing brain is continually flooded with stress hormones.3 Babies who do not need to spend their energy on crying are calmly observing and actively learning about their environment. Baby-wearing is especially useful for colicky or "high need" babies, who are far happier being worn, but placid, content babies and children will also benefit greatly from the warmth and security of being held close.

    4. Baby-wearing is healthy for you!
    It can be challenging for new mothers to find time to exercise, but if you carry your baby around with you most of the day or go for a brisk walk with your baby in her sling, you will enjoy the dual benefits of walking and "weightlifting". A long walk in the sling is also an excellent way to help a tired but over-stimulated child fall asleep.

    5. Toddlers appreciate the security of the sling.
    Slings are usually associated with infants, but they can be very useful for toddlers as well; most slings accommodate children up to 35 or 40 pounds. The world can be a scary place for toddlers, who feel more confident when they can retreat to the security of the sling when they need to do so. Toddlers often become over-stimulated, and a ride in the sling helps to soothe and comfort them before (or after!) a "melt-down" occurs. It can be very helpful in places like the zoo, aquarium, or museum, where a small child in a stroller would miss many of the exhibits.

    6. Baby-wearing helps you and your baby to communicate with each other.
    The more confidence we have in our parenting, the more we can relax and enjoy our children. A large part of feeling confident as a parent is the ability to read our baby’s cues successfully. When we hold our baby close in a sling, we become finely attuned to his gestures and facial expressions. Many baby-wearing parents report that they have never learned to distinguish their baby’s cries – because their babies are able to communicate effectively without crying! Every time a baby is able to let us know that she is hungry, bored or wet without having to cry, her trust in us is increased, her learning is enhanced, and our own confidence is reinforced. This cycle of positive interaction enhances the mutual attachment between parent and child, and makes life more enjoyable for everyone.

    7. Slings are a bonding tool for fathers, grandparents, and other caregivers.
    Slings are a useful tool for every adult in a baby’s life. It makes me smile when I see a new father going for a walk with his baby in a sling. The baby is becoming used to his voice, heartbeat, movements and facial expressions, and the two are forging a strong attachment of their own. Fathers don’t have the automatic head-start on bonding that comes with gestation, but that doesn’t mean they can’t make up for this once their baby is born. The same goes for babysitters, grandparents and all other caregivers. Cuddling up close in the sling is a wonderful way to get to know the baby in your life, and for the baby to get to know you!

    8. Slings are a safe place for a child to be.
    Instead of running loose in crowded or dangerous places, a child in a sling is held safe and secure right next to your body. Slings also provide emotional safety when needed, so that children can venture into the world and become independent at their own pace.

    9. Slings are economical.
    Slings cost far less than strollers, front-carriers or backpacks. Many mothers consider the sling to be one of their most useful and economical possessions. Inexpensive used slings can be found in consignment and thrift stores, and new ones can be bought for about $25 -$50 (U.S.) - not bad for an item many parents use daily for two years or more! A sling can also be sewn for the price of a length of cotton, some rings and batting; sling patterns are available.

    10. Baby-wearing is fun.
    Who doesn’t love to cuddle a precious little baby? And when your baby is older, having her in the sling makes conversations easier and allows you to observe her reactions to the wonders of the world around her. It’s also fun for baby, because when she is up at eye level, other adults notice and interact with her more. Your child will feel more a part of your life when she is in her sling, and you will find yourself becoming more and more enchanted with this special little person
  2. Senior Member
    Enigma's Avatar
    Enigma is offline
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Posts
    76,355
    Blog Entries
    6
    #2
    I just won me a sling on ebay!! I cant wait to use it.
  3. X
    Steph*'s Avatar
    Steph* is offline
    X
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    X
    Posts
    13,129
    #3
    Awesome!
  4. MilitarySOS Jewel
    Amanda's Avatar
    Amanda is offline
    MilitarySOS Jewel
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Illinois
    Posts
    11,941
    #4
    I got the same 10 reasons when I bought my sling it came in a little booklet. It's such a wonderful item. Even my mom loved using it when she took austin over night.
    I am down 10lbs in 6 days!!! PM me if you want to try your very own FREE sample!!!!
  5. Banned
    *Cassie*'s Avatar
    *Cassie* is offline
    Banned
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    11,368
    #5
    3. Babies worn in slings are happier.
    Studies have shown that the more babies are held, the less they cry and fuss. In indigenous cultures where baby-wearing is the norm, babies often cry for only a few minutes a day – in contrast to Western babies, who often cry for hours each day. Crying is exhausting for both the baby and his parents, and may cause long-term damage as the baby’s developing brain is continually flooded with stress hormones.3 Babies who do not need to spend their energy on crying are calmly observing and actively learning about their environment. Baby-wearing is especially useful for colicky or "high need" babies, who are far happier being worn, but placid, content babies and children will also benefit greatly from the warmth and security of being held close


    I don't know. I don't do the sling thing bec of back problems.....i think if my babies were any happier, people would think I gave them alcohol! Mine are the best babies to being with. But I do think slings are just too cute!!
  6. Senior Member
    trevsnavywife's Avatar
    trevsnavywife is offline
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    4,764
    #6
    I found this on www.thebabywearer.com I actually remember when we put these together!!

    The 10 Commandments of Babywearing!!
    1. Thou shalt not carry thy baby in a bucket.

    2. Thou shalt wear thy baby in something practical, comfortable, AND beautiful. Then shalt thou look stylish and chic, even though thy shirt be covered with spit up and smeared bananas.

    3. Thou shalt have many carriers. When in doubt, thou shalt buy one of each. But thou shalt not reveal to thy spouse the number of carriers thou possesseth.

    4. Thou shalt help fellow babywearers find the perfect carrier. When they are in doubt, thou shalt encourage them to buy one of each.

    5. Thou shalt greet thy fellow babywearers cheerfully and enthusiastically, and communicate in a special code language of acronyms and abbreviations.

    6. Thou shalt find babywearing men instantly appealing.

    7. Thou shalt obsessively stalk the Internet for babywearing bargains.

    8. Thou shalt find multiple uses for thy carrier: foot warmer, baby toy, nose wiper, laundry basket….

    9. Thou shalt always use common sense and be safe when wearing thy baby.

    10. Thou shalt spread the word of babywearing to thy neighborhood, thy city, thy country, and the world!
  7. Will Knit for Tattoos
    ashleykaymay's Avatar
    ashleykaymay is offline
    Will Knit for Tattoos
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Mildenhall RAF England
    Posts
    1,134
    #7
    Quote Originally Posted by trevsnavywife View Post
    I found this on www.thebabywearer.com I actually remember when we put these together!!

    The 10 Commandments of Babywearing!!
    1. Thou shalt not carry thy baby in a bucket.

    2. Thou shalt wear thy baby in something practical, comfortable, AND beautiful. Then shalt thou look stylish and chic, even though thy shirt be covered with spit up and smeared bananas.

    3. Thou shalt have many carriers. When in doubt, thou shalt buy one of each. But thou shalt not reveal to thy spouse the number of carriers thou possesseth.


    4. Thou shalt help fellow babywearers find the perfect carrier. When they are in doubt, thou shalt encourage them to buy one of each.


    5. Thou shalt greet thy fellow babywearers cheerfully and enthusiastically, and communicate in a special code language of acronyms and abbreviations.

    6. Thou shalt find babywearing men instantly appealing.


    7. Thou shalt obsessively stalk the Internet for babywearing bargains.

    8. Thou shalt find multiple uses for thy carrier: foot warmer, baby toy, nose wiper, laundry basket….

    9. Thou shalt always use common sense and be safe when wearing thy baby.

    10. Thou shalt spread the word of babywearing to thy neighborhood, thy city, thy country, and the world!

    those just crack me up and they can relate to CDs too if you just change the wording a little. you can't own enough diapers or baby carriers. it is impossible.
    MSOS BOYCOTT! Monday, January 4th. DO NOT LOG ON!
  8. Bex
    Banned
    Bex's Avatar
    Bex is offline
    Banned
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    san diego, ca
    Posts
    30,189
    #8
    Quote Originally Posted by trevsnavywife View Post
    I found this on www.thebabywearer.com I actually remember when we put these together!!

    The 10 Commandments of Babywearing!!
    1. Thou shalt not carry thy baby in a bucket.

    2. Thou shalt wear thy baby in something practical, comfortable, AND beautiful. Then shalt thou look stylish and chic, even though thy shirt be covered with spit up and smeared bananas.

    3. Thou shalt have many carriers. When in doubt, thou shalt buy one of each. But thou shalt not reveal to thy spouse the number of carriers thou possesseth.

    4. Thou shalt help fellow babywearers find the perfect carrier. When they are in doubt, thou shalt encourage them to buy one of each.

    5. Thou shalt greet thy fellow babywearers cheerfully and enthusiastically, and communicate in a special code language of acronyms and abbreviations.

    6. Thou shalt find babywearing men instantly appealing.

    7. Thou shalt obsessively stalk the Internet for babywearing bargains.

    8. Thou shalt find multiple uses for thy carrier: foot warmer, baby toy, nose wiper, laundry basket….

    9. Thou shalt always use common sense and be safe when wearing thy baby.

    10. Thou shalt spread the word of babywearing to thy neighborhood, thy city, thy country, and the world!
    ain't that the truth -- anytime i'm out and wearing her, i always make new babywearing friends
  9. Senior Member
    harrisonsdream's Avatar
    harrisonsdream is offline
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Posts
    52,155
    Blog Entries
    1
    #9
    i can't wait to babywear
  10. MilitarySOS Jewel
    Amanda's Avatar
    Amanda is offline
    MilitarySOS Jewel
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Illinois
    Posts
    11,941
    #10
    they are sooo true especially about special code
    I am down 10lbs in 6 days!!! PM me if you want to try your very own FREE sample!!!!

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •