Holding your baby in your hands is a natural instinct, right?
One that comes to you as soon as your little one is born.
Clasp your newborn to the bosom with a baby wrap. He or she feels the same warmth. Protected. Constantly seeing your reassuring eyes. Cuddled.
No natural instinct to help here, though. Learning by doing. Like motherhood.
Don’t know where to start?
By the end of the article you, yes you, human Moms and Dads without super-powers, will be able to tie a baby wrap at the speed of light.
Why You Should Wear Your Baby
Our mothers didn’t even know what a baby wrap was, and we grew up fine anyway up.
Then, why on earth should we waste time to learn to fasten a baby wrap, overwhelmed with Junior care 24/7? What’s the need when they have already given us the latest sensational high-tech pushchair?
Babywearing is hot stuff now.
Just fashion? No.
Carrying our babies on our bodies is good for us and for them:
- Strong bonds—a 1990 study found that Mothers who carried their babies during the first 3 months of life had a stronger bond compared to those who used baby seats and pushchairs. 12 months after, same results.
- Better sleep—the regular tick-tack sound of Mom’s or Dad’s hearth allows Junior to fall soundly asleep. The heartbeat is reminiscent of the 9 months spent in the womb.
- Hands-free—it allows you to get on with your everyday life.
- Happier babies—of 99 newborns examined in a 1986 research, 43% were less likely to fuss and cry if carried for at least 3 hours per day, compared to babies transported in pushchairs.
While a pushchair is merely a—cumbersome—means of transportation, a baby wrap provides your baby needed physical and emotional contact.
A Checklist for Safe Babywearing
Many advantages. But, after all, a baby wrap is just a piece of fabric. Will my baby be safe in it?
As with any other infant product, it’s important you observe few basic safety guidelines:
- Use baby carriers designed for this purpose. On theory, any kind of fabric is suitable—scarves, sheets, blankets, etc. Indeed, wraps need just one long piece of fabric, between 2 meters and 6 meters in length. For Junior’s safety, though, choose a specific brand, like Boba, Solly, or Moby.
- Follow the producer’s instructions. No matter which wrapping style you choose, they make sure your newborn is snug against your body, high on your chest, and can’t wiggle free.
- Don’t do hazardous activities. Do not run, bike, ride in a car, or do any dangerous activity while babywearing.
To know more, go through the babywearing safety checklist by Baby Carrier Industry Alliance.
To learn how to put on a baby wrap, keep reading…
How to Tie Your Baby Wrap
Pish Posh Baby has put together the following graphic to help you speed up wrapping.
6 ways to tie your baby wrap.
Featuring illustrations and detailed instructions, you have:
- folded wrapping
- baby gathered wrapping
- newborn hug hold
- hug hold
- baby hip hold
- kangaroo wrap and hold
However, as simple as these instructions might be, you should consult your physician or pediatrician before practicing with your precious little pumpkin. They’ll tell you which babywearing techniques are right for your newborn weight and age.
Many Positions, One Reward
In the meantime, start warming up with a doll.
Wrap yourself, put the doll in, take the doll out. 1,2,3. 1,2,3. 1,2,3. Like at ballet class.
Remember when your own ‘1-2-3’s went live, finally? A shy foot on the big scary stage. Lights on. The audience stood up and burst into a final applause that lasted forever.
Same here. In no time, the anxiety of being wrong will give way to the most beautiful reward you can wish for: Your baby’s smile.
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