Real Men Wear Babies!
Here's my plug for Babywearing, you knew it was coming :0) Studies show that babies who are "worn" by their parents in a sling, wrap, or mei tai carrier cry 43% less overall and 54% less during the evening hours. Babies spend more time in a "quiet, alert state" when worn - the ideal state for learning. And the extra stimulation (seeing the world from your point of view instead of the ceiling above his crib or people's knees from a stroller) benefits brain development. Babies are quickly able to develop a sense of security and trust when they are worn. They are more likely to be securely attached to their parents and often become independent at an earlier age. That was the plug and here's the good and the ugly: I try to wear Jonathan as much as possible whether I'm working around the house, playing out in the yard, or even running errands. I wish I'd known about Babywearing when Jackson was a baby. I truly think it has benefitted us all by turning Jonathan into a much calmer, quieter baby. The only bad thing about babywearing are the looks I get, especially when I'm in the groccery store. People expect to see a baby in the carseat stuck down in the buggy, not tied on a woman's back. Last week in Walmart I got "the look" while waiting to check and and the lady behind me said, "Can that baby breath in there?" The answer is YES! In fact, studies show that it is better for his lung development to be in a sling than to be in the restricted position a carseat demands. Ever wonder why babies fuss so much when they sit in the seat too long?