Positive effects associated with babywearing

Positive effects associated with babywearing






When babies enter the world, they expect to be, and need to be carried by us.









Be this in our arms or with the aid of slings and carriers, the positive effects are wide reaching for baby, parents and society as whole.





Positive effects for baby





  • Encourages bonding
  • Helps to regulate body systems and growth
  • Promotes and encourages breastfeeding
  • Reduces crying, often calming for fussy babies. 
  • Encourages social and language development




Positive effects for parents





  • Heightens awareness and responsiveness to baby
  • Help with perinatal mood disorders
  • Increase Paternal confidence and family connections 
  • ’Hands free’ for tasks and getting out the house.
  • Provide comfort and nurturing for older children 




Positive effects for society





  • Strong bonds are linked to more resilient children




  • Carrying keeps families active
  • associated higher breastfeeding rates
  • Carried babies have less ear infections
  • Improves perinatal mental health, good for everyone!




Read more (link)⠀⠀⠀





Listen to my @beyondbabyhood (expanded) podcast version





If you want to read more positive effects, read the original article here by Dr Rosie Knowles @ Carrying Matters.  





Read more (Book)





If you want to know even more about babywearing, it’s history, the science and why it matters to everyone that we carry our babies. 





Try Why Babywearing Matters
It’s written by Rosie, a GP who is also a bit of a babywearing community legend and I love love love this book. Well done Dr Rosie Knowles!






My friend gave me this sling…

So someone gave you their sling. Maybe they loved it, maybe they hated it, but either way, you are probably not sure what to do with it.


Here are 5 things to try first.


1. Find manufacturers instructions


This is the best place to start. Most brands tend to have a video or picture tutorial on how their sling works these days.


This is one of the times Google is your friend 😉


2. Practice with a teddy


Whilst you are getting to grips with clips, straps and the instructions, use a teddy in place of your baby.


This can help to remove some anxiety around hurting your baby, until you feel more confident with the steps to get your baby secure.


3. Try different slings



Just like we know the same bra style will not suit everyone, the same sling will also not be universally loved.


Even within the same family, care givers have different body shapes and needs. A sling that works with mum in the new born days might not work with another carer on a long walk.


There are lots of types available, and many traditions all around the world.


Have a look at the different sling types here or find your local sling library where you can hire slings too.


4. Look within your own community


There might be people within your own community who are skilled in traditional carrying or experienced with their own children.


Ask your communities elders, or approach someone who looks confident with a sling.


Most humans will be happy to help another parent master new ways to enjoy their little ones, honestly.


I love this Facebook page for an insight into traditional slings world wide.


5. Find Skilled help


If you are still struggling, finding skilled help can save you some time and frustration.


Think of a sling educator as someone who has been there, seen the common pitfalls and is trained to help find a solution that works best for you and your family.


Find your local skilled help here.


Or search your location with terms such as


Babywearing consultant /educator


Infant carrying consultant /educator


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What ever you do, enjoy holding your little one. Food spoils, but little ones do not.


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