Five ways babywearing gives Mum another pair of hands
Any mum would have a story about a time when she wished she had more hands! There are the times when you needed to cook dinner for your family, but your newborn wanted nothing more than to be cuddled by mummy. Or what about the time when your toddler found his way into your makeup drawer and needed a bath stat, but your 10-month old was awake and on the move? Well, there is an easy solution to these problems!
Babywearing allows mum the freedom to continue her normal routines, at the same time as holding her baby close and making the most of those fleeting moments that we all cherish!
So, in honour of Mother’s Day and all the babywearing mamas out there, here are our top five benefits of babywearing for mums!
1. Hands-free convenience
By wearing your baby around the house and on your adventures together, you’ll have both hands free! Yes, it means that you don’t have an excuse to get out of the vacuuming or laundry, but it also gives you more reason to get out in to the garden together, do some baking or simply sit down at a café and enjoy that much needed coffee (and a sneaky slice of cake), all while cuddling bub!
2. Increased bonding
The sweet-smelling scent of your newborn and the feeling of your baby’s gentle breath on your skin as they sleep against your chest is something that a mum never forgets, no matter how much time goes by. Unfortunately that time goes way too fast, but through baby wearing you are able to make the most of every second! The closeness and positive touch between the two of you relaxes and connects you both.
3. Easy-access breastfeeding
I think most would agree that having your favourite meal on demand 24/7 would be a dream come true! You can grant your baby this wish when babywearing, allowing them constant and easy access to their main food source, mum’s boobs! By feeding on demand you are not only reducing the risk of mastitis, but also minimizing the energy baby wastes from hunger crying, which means there is more left over to enjoy playtime and giggles with Mama!
We can’t guarantee you’ll get abs of steel from babywearing, however we can guarantee an increase in muscle strength, better circulation and fitness in general. Wearing your baby is a fantastic way to get out and get active, whether it be a light walk with the family dog or a mountain hike together… as long as you have a baby attached to you, you are participating in weight bearing, aerobic exercise!
5. Babywearing is fun!
It’s a big world out there and there is nothing that makes your heart flutter more than watching your bub’s eyes light up as they react to all the wonders around them. Wearing your child in a carrier allows you to talk to them and gives them the ability to see what you see, and do everything thing that you do. This brings your baby so much joy as they begin to interact more and more with you and other people each and every day! You will find yourself falling more in love with babywearing and the wonderful, tiny person that you are carrying, as you explore the world together- heart to heart and connected as one!
Babes in Arms, proud distributor of Ergobaby in Australia and New Zealand, have shared this article in celebration of Mother’s Day.