I heard my sister-in-law once say that it was definitely a man who invited /promoted the idea of mothers wearing their babies in slings or carriers. In a way, she’s pretty close to the truth. Although baby wearing is common throughout the world, it recently has been getting a lot of attention due to various advocates for “Attachment parenting”.  I won’t go into that but just for kicks and giggles, the man who coined the phrase was a pediatrician named William Sears, which I’m assuming is the person my sister-in-law is referring to.

Baby-wearing has similar benefits as kangaroo care. It promotes the mother-baby bond, permits easy access to nursing and thus promoting healthy weight gain in premature babies. Advocates for baby wearing also claim that it decreases the risk of SIDS because the babies are allowed to sleep on their backs. It also helps with development as the baby’s heart rate and various systems becomes regulated and their minds are more alert because of the calmness of being near the mother.  Various webpages have mentioned that babies are also happier and cry less.

The reason why my sister-in-law believed for it to be promoted by a man is because by wearing your baby, you now have two hands free and you can do cooking, cleaning, and breastfeeding, all hands free! I guess my brother hasn’t been helping out enough with the baby. Although one of the benefits that many people enjoy is their new ability to multitask, baby-wearing can be very dangerous if the mother isn’t observant or if she is way to distracted. Mothers who have very large breasts risk the possibility that their baby will suffocate. Since babies can’t really fight back and scream in such a situation, suffocation is highly plasable when the mother isn’t paying attention. In this case, you would need to make sure the mother is attentive and/or choose a different type of carrier instead of sling where the baby is most often times out of view.

In my opinion, I don’t like the idea of slings or baby-wearing. I understand the need to do other things and muilitasking for busy parents, as what most of these websites offer with their slings, but I would prefer to focus on one thing at a time, especially when that one thing is my baby. I can see the benefits but I really don’t think it’s something that should be done all the time if the mother chooses to do so.  Everyday sounds bad, but a couple of hours a day when you’re out grocery shopping or taking an afternoon walk is fine, as long as you remember there is a baby in your pouch.

kathy phan


~ by phankathy on September 20, 2009.

One Response to “Baby-wearing”

  1. yay baby wearing

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