What is Baby Wearing?
Baby wearing is the act of carrying your baby in a sling or carrier.
It can be any type of sling or carrier, from a simple piece of cloth to a structured carrier. The important thing is that your baby is held close to you.
Baby wearing is a traditional parenting tool that has been used throughout the world for hundreds of years. It has increased in popularity in recent years within western society. Cultural and generational learning has not been passed down to current generations so new parents are now learning this ancient art from scratch. Parents and carers are turning to well meaning friends and family, postnatal midwives and doulas, parenting groups and the internet in order to learn how to wear their baby.
Baby Wearers Western Australia Inc. is here to help!
There is a lot of misinformation available and virtually no minimum safety standards regarding baby wearing at the moment. Scary stuff, right!? Thousands of YouTube videos depict unsafe baby wearing practices, with sub-optimal carriers and carrying styles taught to the unsuspecting, sleep deprived carers searching for an answer to help their little person to sleep, calm, heal and grow.
We don’t know what we don’t know.
This is where Baby Wearers Western Australia Inc. comes in!
Our mission is to inclusively educate, facilitate and promote baby wearing in the Western Australian community.
What are the benefits?
Baby wearing can strengthen the bond between you and your new baby through physical contact and closeness.
It is easier to meet your babies needs, they are close to you, you can respond to their early cues.
They are calmer because their primal needs are met.
It allows you to have your hands free to continue with household tasks, tend to older children or run errands.
A baby who is carried is closer to other people, able to interact face to face while feeling safe.
Baby wearing can assist with breastfeeding and management of postnatal anxiety and depression.
It is particularly useful in caring for babies and children with special needs.
Baby wearing is believed to reduce crying in babies during the first 3 months of life, or “the fourth trimester”.
How do I wear my baby?
This is a broad question with a vast range of answers. Every person is different, so what works for one person may not work for another. Why not join us at a baby wearing meet and try out a few options in real life. Meets are free to attend and suitable for the whole family. If you would like to borrow something from the lending library at the baby wearing meet a 12 month membership is only $30 and is available here.