Does your newborn cry every time you try to lay her down? Don’t panic! You’re not alone. It’s normal for young babies to want to be snuggled in the arms of a caregiver 24/7. But if your arms are exhausted from constantly carrying your newborn, babywearing could be the solution you’re looking for.
Here’s why babywearing is great for every baby -- and parent!
Wearing your baby makes her happy. Everything about being held is soothing for your newborn. The warmth of your body regulates his temperature, and the movement as you walk feels similar to being in the womb. Even fussy babies will often calm down as soon as you put them in a carrier. Babywearing isn’t a magic cure-all for fussy newborns, but for most babies, its similarity to being in the womb makes it a great calming tool.
Wearing your baby feels good. If you’re like most new parents, you probably catch yourself spending a good part of your day just staring at your newborn’s sweet face. So what could be better than having that tiny person cuddled close to you all day? The smell of your baby’s head can actually trigger chemicals in your brain that help you feel good. And since babywearing is something every caregiver can do, it’s a great way for dads, grandparents, and even older siblings to bond with a newborn.
Wearing your baby makes your life easier. Holding your baby all day can get difficult when you have things to do, like emails to type, dishes to wash, or a toddler to chase. But with a secure carrier, you never have to feel torn between keeping baby close and getting stuff done. You can snuggle your baby while you get something done around the house, go for a walk, work on your computer, or even just read a book with two hands!
Wearing your baby is convenient. When you’re wearing your baby, you never have to worry about navigating stairs with a stroller or lugging a heavy car seat into a store. Even if your baby falls asleep in the car, most newborns will fall right back asleep after a transfer to a cozy carrier. You don’t need to carry around a lot of gear, because you have most of what your baby needs right there on your body.
Wearing your baby is fun. For moms who are breastfeeding, babywearing can increase milk supply by keeping baby close. And for dads who are eager to take baby on adventures, babywearing is a wonderful way to bond right from the start. Whether it’s helping you play with your older child or just focus on things you need to get done, babywearing can make it a little easier to integrate your baby into your family and your life.
Ready to babywear right from the start? With the Lalabu Shirt, both moms and dads can enjoy simple babywearing. You don’t need to learn any wrapping or tying -- just put on the shirt and slip baby inside.
Lisa C. Baker is the partner manager at Lalabu. Our Lalabu Shirts make babywearing simple for new moms and dads. Follow Lalabu on Instagram and Facebook and sign up for our New Moms + Late Nights email series to learn fun facts about your newborn!