You may have heard many moms talking about the benefits of using a baby carrier to hold your baby. A baby carrier is the harness or pouch made of soft fabric you may have seen women and even dads wearing. If you don’t know much about this phenomenon, that’s ok. In fact, it’s relatively new to the western world. For many years, women from other countries like Africa and Asia have fashioned their own form of baby carriers as a way to keep their infants close while still being able to do the tasks they need to do like household chores, caring for other children, working in gardens and more. In the United States, this wasn’t always necessary in the past because many women did not work and stayed home with their children after their birth.
Now, however, the times have changed and more and more women have jobs, hobbies and schedules that they don’t want to fully abandon when they have a child nor should they have to. Among the many ways that a baby wrap is beneficial to a parent and their possible productivity, a Solly Baby wrap can also be extremely beneficial for the child.
First, a baby wrap is made of snug, warm, soft, comfortable cloth. This cloth wraps around the mother and simultaneously swaddles the baby. The baby gets body heat from the mother while also feeling like they are in a warm cocoon, reminiscent of their time in the womb. This has an instant calming effect on children because it reminds them of when they felt safest.
Second, when a baby wrap is wrapped correctly, the baby’s head will be positioned on the mother’s chest. This means that the baby will be able to hear the mother’s voice, breathing and heart beat, similar to how it was heard in the womb. This provides additional calming measures for the child and increases the bonding feeling between mother and child.
Also, because of the positioning near the face, the child will be around speech, language, facial expressions and human sound much more regularly, meaning their language development and brain function may increase quite a bit. When a baby is around other people often, they will usually learn to speak and express themselves faster than babies who are not. In addition, babies who develop human connections earlier on in their lives usually have an easier time of doing so throughout their lives.
Finally, babies in baby wraps will likely develop more strength in their head and neck because they are more stimulated by their environment as they get older. Many babies, before they can roll over, spend a lot of time lying on their backs, which can flatten the back of the skull and also make it more difficult for the baby to gain head and neck strength. A baby wrap prevents this and also gives the child the opportunity to increase their physical movement.
Baby wraps are a wonderful way to care for not only a child, but for the parents as well. It increases bonding, cognitive function and emotional response, all of which are beneficial to a baby’s growth and development.