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Babywearing

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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?

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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:

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For the wearer:

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