What are the benefits of babywearing?
The benefits of babywearing are actually huge and cover all sorts of areas.
- Freeing up your hands so you can do other things
- Keeping your baby close enough so they can feel you
- Spreading the weight, lessening the load of holding your child
- Keeping your baby upright and more comfortable if they have reflux or colic
- An easy way to be able to stay monitoring your baby’s vital signs
- Safety and security for your baby or child.
- A comfortable way to travel when a pram is not convenient
- Helps the caregiver bond with the baby
- Supports breastfeeding and can help if postnatal depression has occurred
- Helps your baby develop improved balance and core muscle strength
- Decreases need for tummy time and concerns of developing a flattened head
Why would I choose to work with a consultant?
- One on one assistance, at a time and place that suits you.
- Expert knowledge of a wide range of carrier styles and brands.
- Tailor-made assistance, at your pace, in your style, at a time and place that suits you
- Ensure that you are using your carrier to hold your baby in the best way to support their safety and physical development, as well as for your baby’s comfort, and your own
Are babycarriers expensive?
Just like clothes, shoes and most other things, you can find inexpensive options to meet your needs, or you can pay more if you are after a particular brand, or fabric print, or label. It depends on your budget and what is important to you. I can point you in the direction of carriers that are a match for what you want, or if you or someone you know is handy with a sewing machine, we can talk about what you need to know to make a safe and comfortable carrier yourself.
Is there any point in seeing you while I am still pregnant?
Absolutely there is. We can talk about different carrier options, many that you can still try on while pregnant, using a weighted doll. We can discuss the most important considerations for safety and comfort for you and your baby, and I can advise on places to try on or hire carrier options to test them out once baby arrives. From personal experience, I know that sometimes what the parent chooses to use and what the baby wants to be carried in can be quite different, so sometimes it pays to wait and try things out before you purchase anything.
A follow up consultation once baby is born and you are ready to try babywearing will often be shorter as well, as it will be building on what you have already learned.
Do I need to already have a carrier?
Not at all. I can bring carriers for you to try, or to practise with, as well as a weighted doll so that you can relax and practise until you are more confident to work with your own child. Or if you already have a carrier, we can make sure that you are using it safely and comfortably for both you and your baby.
I also have a small number of carriers available to purchase if you want to start using a carrier right away and are happy with something I have in stock.
I suffer from a bad back/neck/shoulder, can I still use a baby carrier?
The best answer is, that depends. Baby carriers often spread the load well and so they support the wearer to carry their child for longer than they would be able to just in arms. And different styles of carriers may be more helpful than others, depending on your actual physical circumstances. If you are working with a health professional, I am happy to work with you both and help to find an option that will work for you, if possible.
What is the point? Isn’t it just a trendy parenting fad?
While certain carrier types and looks might become popular and trendy, the vast majority of babywearers do so because it makes such a positive difference in their lives. All babies need to feel safe and secure, which is why they usually cry when they are put down. Baby carriers, whatever type you use, allow you to keep your baby close and safe, and the benefits of this are far further reaching than just allowing you to be hands free again! Among other things, the baby that is feeling content and safe does not cry as much, their stress levels are much lower, which means that their growing brains are not being flooded with the stress hormone cortisol, which has been proven to have a detrimental effect on a baby’s brain if there is too much cortisol for too long. For the mother, the benefit of keeping their baby close means their body makes more of the happy hormone, oxytocin, which will help combat post natal depression and help with milk supply if the mother is breastfeeding. The benefit of being able to get off the couch and do things while still keeping their baby close and safe has a major effect on the mother’s self esteem and satisfaction with her day, at a time when adjusting to looking after this baby (whether it is your first, second or third) is a tricky thing.
As the baby gets bigger, baby or toddler carriers are still highly useful. There are times when a pram is not a practical option – places with stairs, outdoor walks, travelling on public transport or on airplanes, busy places with lots of people or narrow paths/aisles. A carrier can often be adapted to turn an ordinary chair into a strapped in high chair, when eating out. The safety of crossing a road or getting out of a car into a carpark is so much better when your child is safely on your front or back, and you will still have two arms to hold bags, or hold the hand of another child. Keeping a distressed, tired or ill child snuggled close to you is so much easier, especially as your child gets older, and heavier to carry on your hip for lengths of time. Carriers can also keep a child from running off or getting into things you don’t want, such as in a shop… And there are more great examples of how a baby carrier can be an almost essential tool for most parents.