You carry your baby every day - in arms, on your chest, on your shoulder. It’s where your baby is most comfortable. It’s where you love to hold them, where you know they are happiest and safest. Using a sling to carry your baby is an extension of carrying your baby in arms.
A sling allows you to carry your baby, to continue the loving touch your infant needs, whilst having your hands free. Babies are meant to be carried. They need to be close to you, to be held. Babies feel more content, calmer next to you - you make them feel secure and safe. You are their world.
Even on the hardest days, when the parenting journey seems to have taken a a wrong turn, carrying is love. You’re picking up your baby, responding to their needs, bringing them to your body and exchanging warmth and touch. In that one act there’s a message of respect and understanding. It also means you can drink that cup of tea whilst it’s still hot!
When you use a sling bonds are built and solidified between baby and all who carry them. These shared bonds connect us all, they help build a sense of family, community and in turn help make the world a better place.
Carrying is for everyone, because carrying is human, and because carrying is love.
The mind map above highlights the main reasons why carrying your baby is so important. Whilst it is essential to the physiological, psychological and neurological development of your baby, other reasons include:
- it develops a deep bond;
- it increases parental sensitivity to baby’s needs;
- it simulates the sensations of the womb;
- it helps develop a secure mutual attachment;
- close contact and responsiveness lets baby know they're loved;
- it helps you care for older siblings by being hands free;
- it reduces crying and fussiness, and baby's level of stress, and
- it helps tired babies fall asleep.