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Babywearing

Baby on the front

Wearing your baby is a great way to be together with your baby while having your hands free. By wearing your baby close to you you'll build a lifelong attachment. Therefore, babywearing is not only practical but also contributes to your baby's healthy development.

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What exactly is babywearing?

Babywearing means that we carry our babies, toddlers or older children: simply in our arms, or in a wrap or carrier that we put on our body. The child can be carried on the front of the body, on the hip, or on the back. Babywearing is an ancient tradition that originated from the need to have your hands free while you child is in the best place imaginable, namely close to you.

Contrary to many types of animals, human babies are helpless when born and are not at all ready for independence. They entirely depend on their parents; especially the mother makes sure that the newborn child can eat, sleep, breathe, that its temperature is regulated, etc. Babywearing facilitates this.

Is babywearing a new phenomenon?

Not in the least. The human body (especially a woman's body) is made for carrying a child, not only in the uterus but also after birth. When we place a baby on its mother's breast in a position that is most comfortable for the child itself, we'll notice that both bodies fit like puzzle pieces. Therefore, it's not hard to imagine that babies have been carried for thousands of years. Until the end of the 17th century children were carried in a wrap on one of their parents' body, while they were busy working. In those times there weren't any prams or strollers. Moreover, everyday life just went on after a child was born. By wearing the smallest family members in a wrap, parents could ensure that their child was saf, while they coninued to be able to care for their homes and to work. So if this has been such a practical solution for centuries, then why is babywearing such a relatively uncommon practice today?

Baby on the front

During the industrial revolution, especially in Europe and North America, people's lives changed dramatically. People made long hours in factories and other workplaces that are unsafe for kids. At the same time society in the social sense changed such that more value was attached to work and the accumulation of wealth. As a result many "replacements" for attachment parenting were invented, such as the nanny, prams and all sorts of baby products. The market for these products continues to be huge even today. Generations have grown up with the idea that a baby sleeps in a separate cot, is transported in a pram or stroller, is given formula instead of breast milk, etcetera. For a long time we have been led by the baby product industry that promotes the usage of prams. Fortunately we're living in an age where we're regaining some interest in those "old-fashioned", simpler parenting methods. The popularity of baby earing matches this renewed interest perfectly.

Advantages of babywearing

Babywearing has many advantages, both for the baby and for the parent who wears it.

For the baby:

  • The baby cries less.
  • The baby is calmer and more satisfied.
  • The baby's body temperature is better regulated. In the first period after birth, the baby's own temperature regulation doesn't work too well yet, but if the baby is close to its mother, then its mother's body warms up or cools down the baby whenever needed.
  • The baby builds better attachment with whomever carries it, whether it's the father, mother, grandparent or other caregiver.
  • It helps the baby getting to know its surroundings.
  • Ergonomic babywearing stimulates the development of hips and spine.
  • It stimulates language development.
  • The baby will develop its sense of balance more rapidly.
  • There is a smaller chance of "deformation" of the baby's head, as can sometimes be observed when babies spend a lot of time lying on their backs.
Baby on the back

For the wearer:

  • It triggers parental feelings and gives self-confidence.
  • You can cuddle your baby for hours without having to sit still on a chair.
  • You are close to your baby. Whatever you're doing, you can easily keep an eye on your baby.
  • You have both your hands free to do other useful things.
  • No hassle with pram or stroller. This saves a lot of luggage when on the move.
  • A good wrap or carrier can be bought for as little as 60 euros and lasts for years, so babywearing is relatively cheap.
  • You can go for long walks while your baby is warm and safe with you.
  • If you wear your baby as a mother, it stimulates your milk production.
  • As a father or other caregiver you establish a unique bond with your baby.
  • The attachment that develops between parent and child improves communication between both. This will be useful during the more difficult periods, e.g. when the child is 2-4 years of age.

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Our expertise as babywearing consultants

Our babywearing consultant is knowledgeable in the area of anatomy. We pay ample attention to finding the right way to wear, for yourself AND for your baby. Even if you might have a physical restriction, we'll search together for a solution that best fits your situation.

What can you expect from a babywearing consultation?

A consultation is always customized to your situation and we'll discuss beforehand on which things you would like to focus. You can come alone, or with your partner or somebody else who is interested. Naturally your baby is more than welcome!

Dapper Dragen offers various babywearing consultations:

Introduction session (about 45 minutes)

If you're not yet sure whether babywearing suits you, we will help you find out during this consultation. We will explain everything about ergonomic babywearing and what that means for you and your baby. We'll show you different carriers and demonstrate their usage. We describe how you can prevent some common mistakes, so you'll know how you can wear your baby as comfortably as possible. During this session you won't learn any specific wearing techniques, but afterwards you will know what babywearing is, how it's done in practice and which wraps and carriers are available.

Single consultation (about 1,5 hour for 1 person)

A single consultation for one person means that you'll learn the basics of babywearing. Furthermore, we'll focus on a wrapping technique of your choice, using a wrap or carrier of your choice. If you don't know what you would like to focus on, then we'll help you choose a carrier and wrapping technique, taking the age of your child into account and your own physique. We'll practice tying the wrap or carrier with a doll that has been made specifically for this purpose. Afterwards you'll know how to wear your baby ergonomically, using the carrier of your choice, and you'll have had ample practice.

Duo consultation (1,5 to 2 hours for 2 persons)

Content-wise, a duo consultation for two persons is equal to a single consultation (see above), except that your partner will also be present and that we're focusing on the both of you. If your partner also considers wearing your baby or child, a duo consultation is the most efficient way in which the two of you can learn. Moreover, it's important to consider the wearer's physique when tying a wrap or adjusting a carrier; after all a man is simply built differently than a woman.

Refresher session (0,5 to 1 hour)

If you're already knowledgeable about babywearing or if you've had some practice, and you would like to learn a new technique or refresh your knowledge, then this session is for you. Babywearing is still gaining in popularity and new carriers appear frequently. We can look at your current technique in detail or practice a new technique. Afterwards you'll know about the latest developments and any questions you might have had about your technique will have been answered.

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Dapper Dragen also regularly organizes several workshops.

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