New to Babywearing
Babywearing explained, with lots of advice from our support team.
Carrying your baby in a sling is a wonderful bonding experience and offers many benefits for parents, carers and babies.
Salford Sling & Meet has a wide choice of slings for hire, to enable parents to try out a variety before deciding which to buy.
Whether you are completely new to baby wearing or an experienced baby wearer, pop in to one of our library sessions for a brew, some cake, chat to the other parents and try out some of our slings.
Babies are happiest being held.
It is natural for a baby to be close to its parents. Babywearing is a great practice for keeping baby happy and to help build a stronger bond between the Parent, grandparent, caregiver, and baby.
Good for baby’s physical development: By being so close to your body’s rhythms, your newborn “gets in rhythm” much quicker. Your heartbeat, breathing, voice, and warmth are all familiar. Research has shown how this helps newborns (especially premature babies) to adapt to life outside the womb helping them to regulate their own heart rate and temperature.
Good for baby’s mental development.
Babies spend more time in a “quiet, alert state” when carried – the ideal state for learning. Their senses are stimulated while being carried (yet there is a place to retreat too). When carried, your baby sees the world from where you do, instead of the ceiling above his crib or people’s knees from a stroller. And the extra stimulation benefits brain development, You will find you talk and engage with your child more while they are at your height.
Research has shown that babies who are carried cry 43% less overall.
Babies cry less: Research has shown that babies who are carried cry 43% less overall and 54% less during the evening hours. In cultures where babies are carried almost continuously, babies cry much less than those in non-carrying cultures.
The Brief History of Babywearing.
“Babywearing is the practice of wearing or carrying a baby in a sling or carrier. Babywearing has been practiced for centuries around the world. Babywearing has gained popularity in recent decades. Part of the reason for this shift is due to the influence of advocates of attachment parenting. Babywearing is a form of baby transport which can be enjoyed for as long as mutually desired, often until toddlerhood and beyond.
In Africa, kanga and kitenge fabrics were part of dress fabric used as an apron, a blanket to sit on and a general carrying aid. In Mexico, the rebozo, which was a general purpose carrying cloth which each woman carried at all times was used to carry babies in. In India, women tied babies into part of their saris and in Borneo rattan baskets were used. Closer to home, in Wales the Welsh blanket was used by both men and women regularly to carry babies until the 1950s, when the mass production of prams and buggies meant that their usage virtually died out.”