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Babe in arms

June 22, 2009

“There’s nothing in the world that compares to having your baby in your arms – the feeling of a sleeping child against your chest, the sweet-smelling, down-covered head under your nose. In the early days with a newborn, mothers have time to enjoy these moments.

Then reality sets in.

Baby is still dependent on you for nourishment, care, and comfort but everyday tasks and errands demand your attention. And you may have other children who need you. Life goes on, and there is always too much to do. But busy mothers do not have to give up the bliss of keeping baby close. They can accomplish those tasks that need to be done and still enjoy their baby’s companionship by “wearing” the baby in a carrier.”

According to Dr. William and Martha Sears, “Baby wearing does good things for babies, and it makes life easier for mothers.

Some parents worry that a baby who is constantly held or worn will become a fussy baby, always crying for attention. Actually, the opposite seems to be true. In cultures where babies are constantly in the arms of caregivers, infant crying spells are virtually unheard of. A study in North America showed that babies cried less when parents were instructed to wear or carry them for several “extra” hours each day. THE WOMANLY ART OF BREASTFEEDING comments:

These findings confirm what our mothering instincts tell us —- that plenty of loving contact does not “spoil” a baby or make him more demanding, but instead helps him feel more comfortable and happy in his new world.

A happy baby is quiet and alert. In this state of mind, he is ready to interact with people. When worn or carried by a parent, a contented baby can see what’s going on around him. When he sees facial expressions and hears his mother’s voice, he is learning about the world.”

From: NEW BEGINNINGS, Vol. 21 No. 6, November-December 2004, p. 204-208

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