Why Natural Mothering and Babywearing is So Important

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 | 6 comments

Baby's Own Room believes that one of the best gifts you can give to your newborn baby is to mother naturally. It's about trusting your instincts and raising your child the best way you can. Babywearing is natural mothering.

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Having a baby can be an overwhelming and wonderful experience for most women. Baby’s Own Room believes that one of the best gifts you can give to your newborn baby is to mother naturally. It’s about trusting your instincts and raising your child the best way you can. Natural mothering is easy, healthy, environmentally friendly and less expensive.

Some of the practices that define motherhood include natural birthing, breastfeeding, babywearing, use of gentle discipline, home education and use of complementary medicine. Let’s focus on babywearing and why it’s important.

As a new mom, it’s common to hear people telling you that carrying your baby would make him too dependent and clingy, and that by not picking him up often, he’ll learn to be alone. Ask yourself, does such advice feel right to you or do they make you uncomfortable? As a mother, it’s important that you follow your instincts. Know that if you carry your baby, both of you have a lot to gain from it.

The Benefits of Babywearing Enables Your Child to Learn Faster

Babywearing provides a safe and content environment for your baby to be more aware of his surroundings. This provides him with a perfect learning environment. A baby who is carried tends to learn languages more quickly because he is positioned at the eye and voice level, which enables him to be more involved in conversations, and learn how to listen. On the other hand, it gives you your hands back to be able to attend to other tasks.

Promotes a Strong Mother-Child Attachment

Children need the comfort of their parents in order to feel secure and safe. Babies who are carried are more likely to demonstrate a stronger attachment to their mothers when they grow up than their counterparts who aren’t. You certainly don’t want your baby not to be close to you in the future, so carry him.

Advances a Child’s Social Development

Infants who are carried are physically closer to their mothers, and are involved in their environment. That closeness helps your child to learn from all your facial expressions, voice tones, body language, emotions and even breathing patterns. This enables him to develop faster socially compared to a child who is always left in the crib, or car seat.

Enables Baby to Establish Independence Earlier

Environmental sounds can either be a disturbing, or a learning experience for your baby. For instance, when left alone, your baby may be frightened by the sounds, but when you carry and soothe him, it helps to overcome his fears, besides providing him with a positive association between your voice and the disturbing sounds. Consequently, your baby will be more comfortable and ready to explore other environments with confidence.

Babywearing Fulfills Natural Instincts

Children are born with a natural grasping reflex to hold on to their mothers. By carrying your baby, you’ll be fulfilling this natural instinct.

Helps Fathers to Bond with Their Children

Babywearing provides a great way for a father to bond with his child. He gets to hold the baby close, and either talk, hum, or sing to him. This soothes the baby, and enables him to get accustomed to the sound of the father’s voice and heartbeat, as well as his smell. Who doesn’t find it cute to see a man walking down the street, wearing a baby?

We love your comments at Baby’s Own Room. Please share your favorite Natural Mothering tip with us. Happy Mothering!

 

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  1. Yes! Yes, yes, yes! I could not agree more with this post. I cannot tell you how much verbal bologna I was given back when my son was an infant and I chose to co-sleep with him and carry him on me all the time.

    I never listened to what people said about my choices, and looking back I think I did the right thing for my son.
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    • Pat yourself on the back for listening to your instincts and doing what felt best for you and your son! Kudos and happy mothering Ashley. 🙂

  2. Great post! We went against instincts with our first (we are from very “normal” families) but then with #2 and #3 we followed them. Love natural mothering!

    • Thanks for dropping by to comment Jacki! Hope you are enjoying the joys of natural mothering and make it a great day. 🙂

  3. I totally agree with all the points you mentioned; however, I think one has to be very careful about how one implements baby wearing. My grandfather was a GP in South Africa, where baby wearing is common practise among the Xhosa tribe who made up the bulk of his patients. However, he noticed that the practise of baby wearing – or rather, the way that they implemented it, by wearing the baby on the back with it’s legs splayed around the mother’s girth – lead to a permanent weakness of the hips and lower back in these children ino adulthood compared to children which had not been subjected to this practise. However, my mother ‘wore’ my sister and I on her front as children, ensuring our legs hung downwards instead of being stretched in the hips, and we grew up fine! So please make sure that whatever you use to bind baby to you allows the legs to hang naturally and does not cause stretching in the hip joints!

    • Thanks for sharing your experience, and that of your family, with us Helene. How very interesting. Happy blogging. 🙂