Why is a sling good for you and your baby?
This is what the experts say: Dr. Sears, a paediatrician
for over 30 years explains, "Because baby wearing resembles
the womb as closely as is humanly possible, it fulfils a style
of parenting that baby would have anticipated and helps a
new baby fit into their environment."
Baby wearing is a way for parents to bond with
their babies. Dr. Sears writes, "By extending the womb
experience, the baby wearing mother or father provide an external
regulating system that balances the irregular and disorganised
tendencies of the baby." Dr. Sears writes "Baby
wearing allows breastfeeding on the move so that busy mothers
can nurture their babies with the best nutrition, yet continue
their active lifestyles." Libertyslings offer enough
fabric to allow breastfeeding to be done discreetly wherever
necessary, giving breastfeeding mothers more flexibility to
leave the house with their babies. See www.drsears.com
for more information
Good for baby's physical development. By being so close to
your body's rhythms, your newborn "gets in rhythm"
much more quickly. Your heartbeat, breathing, voice and warmth
are all familiar. Research has shown how this helps newborns.
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Nursing, 25, 691-703.
Why a LibertySling?
- Liberty Baby Slings are made from quality
fabric in cool breathable 100% washable cotton and linen
. For those environmentally conscious among you, and who
want only the very best next to your child's skin, we offer
unbleached / un-dyed renewable cotton, which has been grown
without the use of chemical pesticides.
- A baby in a sling with its entire body in
the sling benefits from the natural foetal position it is
placed in. In a sitting position with the legs out, the
spine does not hold all the weight of the baby unlike carriers
where the baby is in a hanging position with legs apart
- Made with a specially shaped seam for comfortable
fit around baby.Wonderful for discreet Breastfeeding ( Pouche
The baby sling can be worn on either shoulder and is designed
to distribute your baby's weight across your back and shoulder
without putting uncomfortable pressure on any one point.
- Can be worn in many positions, from lying
down, front facing, rear facing, hip carry and back carry
allowing you to use the sling for newborns right up to toddlers
- Baby Wearing is exercise and it is good for
you. Wearing your baby will help you lose the post baby
weight. If you wear your baby throughout the day, you will
become stronger and burn extra calories just by holding
- Libertyslings papoose allows hands-free carrying
which enables parent to get on with every day life while
their child is nurtured safely.
10 reasons to Wear Your Baby
1. Wearing a baby is convenient
When we carry a baby in a sling; we can walk around freely
and not have to worry about negotiating steps, crowds or narrow
aisles. Pushchairs "baby buckets" and removable
car seats are heavy and awkward for parents, babies often
look uncomfortable, and they are kept at knee and car fume
level. A sling can block out excess stimuli when breastfeeding
a distractible baby and it allows for discreet nursing in
public places. A sling can also double as a changing pad,
blanket, or cushion when away from home. A Liberty sling can
be especially handy when negotiating stations, airports or
any busy place with a small child and several bags!
2. Wearing a baby promotes physical development.
When a baby rides in a sling attached to his mother, he is
in tune with the rhythm of her breathing, the sound of her
heartbeat, and the movements his mother makes - walking, bending,
and reaching. This stimulation helps him to regulate his own
physical responses, and exercises his vestibular system, which
controls balance. The sling is in essence a "transitional
womb" for the new baby, who has not yet learned to control
his bodily functions and movements. Research has shown that
premature babies who are touched and held gain weight faster
and are healthier than babies who are not. Mechanical swings
and other holding devices do not provide these same benefits.
3. Babies worn in slings are happier.
Studies have shown that the more babies are held, the less
they cry and fuss. In indigenous cultures where baby-wearing
is the norm, babies often cry for only a few minutes a day
- in contrast to Western babies, who often cry for hours each
day. Crying is exhausting for both the baby and his parents,
and may cause long-term damage as the baby's developing brain
is continually flooded with stress hormones. Babies who do
not need to spend their energy on crying are calmly observing
and actively learning about their environment. Baby-wearing
is especially useful for colicky or "high need"
babies, who are far happier being worn, but placid, content
babies and children will also benefit greatly from the warmth
and security of being held close.
4. Baby-wearing is healthy for you!
It can be challenging for new mothers to find time to exercise,
but if you carry your baby around with you most of the day
or go for a brisk walk with your baby in her sling, you will
enjoy the dual benefits of walking and "weightlifting".
A long walk in the sling is also an excellent way to help
a tired but over-stimulated child fall asleep.
5. Toddlers appreciate the security of the
Slings are usually associated with infants, but they can be
very useful for toddlers as well; Liberty slings accommodate
children up to 35lbs. The world can be a scary place for toddlers,
who feel more confident when they can retreat to the security
of the sling when they need to do so. Toddlers often become
over-stimulated, and a ride in the sling helps to soothe and
comfort them before (or after!) a "meltdown" occurs.
It can be very helpful in places like the zoo, aquarium, or
museum, where a small child in a pushchair won't see many
of the exhibits.
6. Baby-wearing helps you and your baby to communicate
with each other.
The more confidence we have in our parenting, the more we
can relax and enjoy our children. A large part of feeling
confident as a parent is the ability to read our baby's cues
successfully. When we hold our baby close in a sling, we become
finely attuned to his gestures and facial expressions. Many
baby-wearing parents report that they have never learned to
distinguish their baby's cries because their babies are able
to communicate effectively without crying! Every time a baby
is able to let us know that he or she is hungry, bored or
wet without having to cry, their trust in us is increased,
their learning is enhanced, and our own confidence is reinforced.
This cycle of positive interaction enhances the mutual attachment
between parent and child, and makes life more enjoyable for
7. Slings are a bonding tool for fathers,
grandparents, and other carers.
Slings are a useful tool for every adult in a baby's life.
It makes me smile when I see a new father going for a walk
with his baby in a sling. The baby is becoming used to his
voice, heartbeat, movements and facial expressions, and the
two are forging a strong attachment of their own. Fathers
don't have the automatic head-start on bonding that comes
with gestation, but that doesn't mean they can't make up for
this once their baby is born. The same goes for babysitters,
grandparents and all other caregivers. Cuddling up close in
the sling is a wonderful way to get to know the baby in your
life, and for the baby to get to know you!
8. Slings are a safe place for a child to
Instead of running loose in crowded or dangerous places, a
child in a sling is held safe and secure right next to your
body. Slings also provide emotional safety when needed, so
that children can venture into the world and become independent
at their own pace.
9. Slings are economical.
Slings cost far less than pushchairs, front-carriers or backpacks.
Many mothers consider the sling to be one of their most useful
and economical possessions.
10. Baby-wearing is fun.
Who doesn't love to cuddle their precious baby? And when your
baby is older, having her in the sling makes conversations
easier and allows you to observe their reactions to the wonders
of the world around them. It's also fun for baby, because
when she is up at eye level, other adults notice and interact
with her more. Your child will feel more a part of your life
when he or she is in their sling, and you will find yourself
becoming more and more enchanted with this special little