Baby Sling Benefits
The Advantages of Carrying Babies in Baby
A baby sling is the perfect device for parents who want to maintain closeness with
their infant while completing tasks around the house and in the community. Many parents choose to literally wear
their babies and they do this by using a sling that is designed to carry a baby’s weight while the parent’s hands
are free. This promotes attachment with the baby without the fatigue of carrying the baby’s full weight and without
losing the use of the arms.
What are benefits of carrying
baby in a sling?
"Wearing your baby" in a sling or a wrap allows you to walk freely, while providing many benefits to the
baby's psychological wellbeing.
The feeling of closeness makes babies at ease,
which is where baby sling helps
Carried babies cry less
Research has found that babies who are carried cry less than babies who
are left on their own.
Doctors attribute this to the baby’s
connection to the womb. Baby sling enables parents to recreate the feeling of being carried in the womb. The slings
are made of cloth that fits snugly around the infant, creating a warm, close feeling that babies crave.
Soothed by parents' movements
Babies who are carried in baby sling are also soothed by their parents’
They can feel their parent’s heartbeat and the baby can feel the rhythm of his
parents movements as the parent walks. This helps the baby organize movement and it helps the infant form a sense
Developing social skills earlier
Supporters of the baby sling suggest that babies who are held develop
social skills earlier.
They are able to read nonverbal social cues through motions and facial expressions.
They are also more apt to develop language skills earlier as well. Both nonverbal and verbal language has been
shown to be directly linked to social skills and the ability to relate to others.
The stimuli helps brain development
The stimuli that a baby receives through being held help with brain
Every time a baby is held and carried, synapses in the brain are formed. This brain
activity is the foundation for intellectual development. Using a baby sling to stimulate the baby is beneficial to
brain development even when he is sleeping.
Many Uses for Baby
Baby sling offers many practical advantages to the
parent and baby, as it does holding baby in arms, close to the body.
A baby sling can be used in place of a bulky detachable car seat. Parents who use
the slings take their infants and newborns out of the car seat and place them in the slings. The babies are easier
to carry in a sling than in an awkward car seat.
Many parents also replace strollers with baby sling for older babies. They find
that the slings have a calming effect on the little ones and they find that many babies like having a higher point
of view, especially during family outings like the zoo.
Choose Baby Sling
Before running out to buy a baby sling, it is important to experiment with
different styles and constructions. Some may find baby sling or a wrap to be
awkward and difficult to use.
Others have difficulty completing tasks like laundry and dishes while wearing the
slings and the devices can cause injury if they are not used properly or if the parent bends or makes a sudden,
exaggerated movement. It is also important to use a sling that conforms to the baby’s spine for a very young baby
to insure that there is no damage to the baby’s spine.