39 Reasons to Carry Your Baby

  1. Baby-carrying provides the elements of pressure, motion, pleasure, warmth, security and sound that are essential to the development of the vestibular system. Baby-carrying provides constant vestibular stimulation necessary to the development of motor skills in infants and calming deep-pressure touch and kinaesthetic stimulation.
  2. Carrying Infants lowers the level of stress hormones and adrenalin circulating in the blood stream of the infant.
  3. Carrying helps the baby develop balance and trunk and head control. Infants who are carried sit independently and walk sooner.
  4. Baby-carrying enables the mother to be acutely responsive and aware of her baby’s cues and signals. Baby carrying increases maternal sensitivity and heightens parent’s perceptions of their children’s needs. Mothers become so responsive to their baby that they can anticipate hunger needs, waking, and the need for a clean diaper.
  5. Babies that are carried develop a strong and secure attachment to their mothers.
  6. Babies who are touched and carried constantly develop larger brains than infants denied this stimulation.
  7. Baby-carrying allows parents to accomplish their day-to-day activities and still be in close physical contact with their babies.
  8. Baby-carrying greatly benefits premature infants and lowers their mortality rates.
  9. Baby-carrying reduces crying and fussiness (one study found by 43% during the day and 51% at night), mothers feel more competent and nurturing towards their infant and are less likely to act in abusive ways towards their children. This author found that baby-carrying resulted in crying less than 1% of the time for the first year of the baby’s life.
  10. Baby-carrying creates autonomy, intimacy and a healthy development of physical intimacy and touching between parents and children. Baby-carrying gives healthy messages of touching to children and they learn how to give and receive affection and touching in healthy ways. Carried infants are less likely to have sexual problems or unwanted pregnancies later in life.
  11. Babies who are carried have a lower mortality rate than infants who are denied this constant contact.
  12. Babies who are carried cry less, smile more and are less prone to vomiting and spitting up.
  13. Infants who are carried experience reduced or little incidence of colic.
    Carried babies experience an enhanced degree of bonding with their care-giver.
  14. Continuously carried babies initiate separation faster and become more self-reliant.
  15. Baby-carrying provides the rhythm of movement and tactile stimulation that babies need for proper neurological development. Constantly carried babies fall asleep quickly in the comfort of the carrier, while some babies may always fall asleep while carried.
  16. Baby-carrying allows the baby to be an active participant in the walking, talking, laughing and working of the parent.
  17. Babies are easier to wear and parents learn to relax and touch even if they were not touched often as children or are awkward with physical intimacy and closeness.
  18. Baby-carrying develops bonding and attachment between parent and child, shows love and affection, and parental-child love is expressed and actively demonstrated on a constant basis.
  19. Baby-carrying tells children they are loved, safe, secure and cared for.
  20. Baby-carrying creates children that are more involved in their parent’s life and more likely to be involved in their own lives and less isolated as adults.
    Baby-carrying allows children to be at the centre of activity rather than being at the centre of attention, which is a healthy atmosphere of empathy, affection and a healthy sense of self.
  21. Baby-carrying holds baby securely leaving the parent’s hands free for work and activities.
  22. Baby-carrying offers constant and easy access to the infant’s food source, mother’s breast-milk.
  23. Babies sleep comfortably and for longer periods of time while carried.
  24. Babies who are carried have a solid sense of self esteem and independence.
  25. Baby-carrying stimulates optimal development of the cerebellum of the brain, the only part of the brain that continually increases in cells as the baby gets older.
  26. Infants who are not carried can be at risk for the brain pathways that modulate pleasure being improperly or incompletely developed.
  27. Carrying of the infant is the most important factor responsible for the infant’s normal and social development.
  28. Baby-carrying is a natural soothing baby tranquilizer which helps fussy or tired infants fall asleep.
  29. Baby-carrying stimulates the tactile receptors in the skin, developing muscle tone, increases cardiac output which increases circulation, promotes respiration and aids in digestion.
  30. Baby-carrying helps the baby maintain equilibrium and provides movement to the baby in all three directions, essential to body awareness.
  31. Baby-carrying provides the exact level and kind of stimulation an infant requires, energizing their nervous system and developing quiet and calm alertness in the infant.
  32. Infants who are carried learn more as they are in a vertical or semi-vertical position which encourages an alert state of arousal. Baby-carrying develops the muscles needed for the infant to sit, stand and walk. The baby must use his muscles to fight gravity and hold his head up, building necessary muscle strength, control and coordination.
  33. Infants who are carried have less head lag, stronger neck and shoulder muscles, and walk on their own by ten months versus the average North American walking age of eleven and a half (or more) months. Baby-carrying allows infants to retain their stepping reflex present from birth which they use to push themselves up and grab onto mother.
  34. Infants who are carried typically walk and never crawl due to their advanced motor development and enriched environment experience while worn on their caregiver.
  35. Carried infants have less vertigo and increased physical agility in adulthood, a superior sense of balance, precision of movement and an awareness of their position in the space around them.
  36. Carried babies initiate separation sooner and for longer periods due to their more secure attachment to the parent.
  37. Baby-carrying constantly allows the baby to complete its exterogestation period, which is needed for the proper development and health of the infant.
  38. Baby-carrying recreates the oneness of the baby and mother that existed in the womb which is absolutely necessary for proper development of the infant and the mother’s levels of mothering hormone, prolactin.
  39. Carrying your baby is one of the most wonderful feelings in the world!

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