Pros and cons of babywearing

Babywearing is the method of carrying your baby in a baby carrier or sling close to your body. It is a popular way to carry, transport, or hold your baby as it allows your arms to be free.

Benefits of baby carrying include bonding with your baby and creating a secure attachment. Some parents also find baby carrying more convenient than using a pram or a pushchair.

However, there are some drawbacks to baby carrying. In this article, we will explore the pros and cons of babywearing to help you to decide if it is right for you and your family.

Pros of babywearing

Bonding with your baby

Carrying your baby in a carrier or wrap can help with bonding, as it keeps the baby close to your body and promotes physical contact. Newborn babies particularly benefit from being baby carried as it puts them close to their parents and mimics the feeling of closeness they felt in the womb. Being close to their parent's body also helps babies regulate their breathing and heart rate and your body temperature will help keep your baby warm.

Wearing a newborn baby

Travelling with your baby

Baby carrying is ideal for going places you wouldn't be able to with a pram. When my daughter was 9 months old we travelled to Japan with only a baby carrier to transport her. We made this decision because the area we were travelling to had lots of steps and narrow streets. We also didn't have to worry about checking a pram onto the plane and were able to use the baby carrier to soothe our baby during the flight.

Convenience

Babywearing can be more convenient than using a pram. You don't have to worry about whether you will fit through smaller spaces or crowded areas, or whether there is space for you on the bus. Babywearing allows your hands to be free to multitask, carry shopping or allow you to be more available to watch over other children. 

Multitasking while babywearing

Cons of babywearing

Discomfort

There are many different types of baby carriers and slings available. However, if you have a heavy baby or you use a baby carrier for a long time it can start to feel uncomfortable. Improper positioning or using the wrong carrier or wrap can also lead to back, shoulder, or neck pain. To avoid this make sure you choose a baby carrier that offers good support for both you and your baby and take breaks from baby carrying when you are out and about.

Safety concerns

It's important to use a carrier or wrap that is safe for your baby's age and size, and to follow proper positioning and safety guidelines. Ensure that you know how to correctly position your baby in a carrier and what the age and weight limit are for the carrier you are using. Make sure you always follow the TICKS guidelines. If you are unsure many baby carrying support groups can help you and can be found in your local area through Facebook. You can also rent baby carriers from Sling Libraries before committing to a purchase.

Limited use

While babywearing can be a convenient and comfortable option for many people, there will come a point when your baby outgrows the baby carrier and you will need to switch to another option to transport them. However, some baby carriers can be used with children up to the age of three years old depending on their weight.

Babywearing an older child

Conclusion

Babywearing has many benefits, for both the parent and the baby. Babywearing can help with bonding, and soothing a crying baby and is more convenient when you are out and about.

However, it is important to use a safe and comfortable carrier or wrap and learn how to correctly position your baby and follow the safety guidelines. If you are unsure whether baby-wearing is for you, you can rent a baby carrier from a local Sling Library to try it out.

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