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Tammy Frissell-Deppe


How many times have you heard someone tell you not to hold your baby too much because he/she will be spoiled? Babywearing is an important

part of bonding and getting to know your baby. It is disturbing to think that some people (including some in the medical community) think that a baby is better off in a swing or crib than a parent's loving arms.

It is so comforting for the baby to be close to mommy or daddy in those first months. Baby wearing will allow you to hold the baby and still move around and do other activities such as tending to other children or household duties. Keeping baby close allows your baby to feel your warmth and your heartbeat, too, a sound that was his/her comfort in the womb.

You will see one of the happiest and best behaved babies are the ones that get to stay closest to their parents! In most of the world, mothers carry their babies around full-time. Why not? It is certainly easier and more convenient.

Slings are most convenient to wear your baby in. The sling is made to be used use from birth to 40 pounds. There are numerous ways you can wear a sling depending on your child's age and what activity you are engaging in. There are HUGE benefits to wearing your baby in a sling:

1) A baby's spine is placed in a compromising position in many other carriers. When the infant is carried upright, it puts undue stress on the spine, which can cause a condition called spondylolisthesis and also inhibits developing curves in the spine.
2) The carrier allows an older baby (4+ months) to sit cross legged which distributes the weight evenly through his legs and hips. Upright carriers cut in to the child's leg circulation and also holds his legs apart in a bowlegged position which isn't the best for a soft and forming pelvis.
3) A sling parallels the womb experience. The baby gets motion, pressure, warmth, and sound similar to what he felt in the womb.
4) Wearing baby alleviates stress in the baby because he can see, feel and hear his caregiver. This creates a comfortable baby who cries a lot less!
5) Babies who are carried for long periods of time develop better neck and trunk tone.
6) A baby is unable to discharge his own energy laying on his back or inside a stroller. When carried in a sling, the baby shares all the walking, talking, working, laughing, playing and is able to discharge that energy in a pleasurable way.
7) A baby raised in a sling needs to be carried less when older than his counterpart who was reared with mechanical devices. This is because they are more self reliant and confident.
8) Older siblings are less jealous of a new baby when carried in a sling. This is because the sling enables mom to have her hands free to give attention to the other children.
9) Studies have shown that those deprived of touch have more difficulty coping with stress than those who are held. Babies who are carried experience less stress, because they are allowed to learn more, thrive better, develop their senses better and are overall more relaxed and secure.
10) The sling offers a simple but ultimately affective way to begin to reconnect with our babies and nurture them in a way that is simple but in the infant's eyes critical to their survival and their development.

While wearing your baby in a sling, you can nurse on either side discretely and with little effort. Slings are great when your baby wants to nurse at the most inopportune times! Often, baby wants to be on the breast constantly during a growth spurt, and a sling allows you to move out and about while filling the needs of your baby.

Babies have less of a need to cry when they are held. They are comforted at all times and are in the exact place they want to be. In essence, by wearing your baby you are remedying the problem of the baby needing to be comforted before it happens. What a concept! The sling + baby + parent = perfect harmony.

The information contained in this article was taken from Tammy Frissell-Deppe''s book entitled, "Every Parent's Guide to Attachment Parenting: Getting back to basic instincts!"

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Tammy Frissell-Deppe is a fourth generation attachment parent and has two children with her husband William. Tammy is a Medical Information Specialist as well as an attachment parenting expert and she tours the country speaking and educating parents and parents-to-be on the different aspects and benefits of attachment parenting. Tammy's articles have appeared in many different newsletters and journals and she continues to help and support hundreds of attachment parents weekly. Babywearing

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