In the course of trying to have both baby Hudson and us, his parents, enjoy him and grow, I've spent time doing some research into what people say make their babies happy. One thing that gets recommended time and time again is wearing a baby. What's that? It means strapping the baby on in some kind of sling or harness thing-a-ma-jig.
The benefits of baby wearing are said to include:
Babies who are carried cry less - up to 51% according to studies - & have decreased levels of stress hormone in their blood streams.
Carried babies have more regular respiratory rate, heart rate & a more stable body temperature.
Being carried improves sleep patterns, with babies falling asleep more quickly, more soundly & for longer periods.
Babywearing improves infants’ digestion & has been shown to reduce the symptoms of colic and reflux.
Carried babies have advanced motor skills because their vestibular system in their brain is stimulating by the person carrying them. This means carried babies will already have begun to acquire balance & muscular development before they start to crawl & walk.
Babies who are held gain weight better, & nurse better.
Babywearing improves parent-baby bonding, allowing parents to be more aware and responsive to their baby’s needs. Babywearing can reduce the risk of depression.
Carried babies are up where they can hear & see adult interaction & activity which promotes cognitive and language development. Babies that are in carriers speak earlier and have more advanced speech.
Baby wearing helps mothers to strengthen muscles and ligaments which have been stretched or weakened by pregnancy.
From Hug of Joy website
I ordered a Moby Wrap from Amazon - got it for $4 off of the SRP and free shipping. I figure both Craig and I can use it and Hudson will hopefully be an even happier baby.
Speaking of happy, he's started to cry so that's the end of this post.