Yesterday the Canadian Babywearing School posted this Facebook status update:
Do you know that there are NO benefits to babywearing? It’s the biological norm and being carried and kept close is the minimum babies expect at birth. When we use language like “benefits”, we establish babywearing as a nice extra (like a university fund or tennis lessons) instead of the normal behaviour that carrying is. Change our language, change the world!
But, but but . . . when your baby is kept close against your chest they experience:
With all that going on, how can you say there are no benefits??? The question is, compared to what?
If all zebras eat grass, no one talks about the benefits to zebras of eating grass. Benefits are discussed with practices or products that are above and beyond the usual. Zebras benefit from a monthly, lavendar-scented, sponge bath (for example). You don’t talk about benefits for the standard baseline. So is babywearing – or baby-carrying – something that should be the obvious thing for families to do, or is it more of an optional add-on?
Because our language shapes our world. The words you use when you talk to yourself shape your world outlook. The words you use around your kids shape their outlook. The words we use with each other shape our agreements and understanding of the world.
So you decide – a baby held close to a parent for the first 9 months of his or her life, receiving all the cues that they are designed to optimally respond to, experiencing the safety and peace of mind that comes with the feel and sound of a parent’s heartbeat . . . do we want to consider that a customary element of parenting or more of a sub-culture trend?
Thanks to Canadian Babywearing School for this conversation and the opportunity to think about the place of this practice in our culture. To me, wrapping is not some new parenting fad. Doing without it would have made parenting that much harder.
Note: Anytime you talk about advantages or disadvantages, especially on the subject of providing for your children, you risk alienating those who are utilizing the opposite choice. The implication that those families are making a worse choice is almost impossible to avoid while encouraging the healthiest practices but I want to make it clear that I believe what is best for baby is what is best for the whole family. Emotionally and physically healthy parents with love in their hearts are about the best thing a baby or child can have and, in my opinion, trumps everything else.
I work hard to teach how wrapping can be a boon to parents because I really think that the things that contribute the most to a healthy baby, must also contribute to healthy and happy parents. I recognize that there isn’t any magic practice or product that is going to make parenting easy so I share what works for me and teach others to make it work for them, and I work hard to avoid the trap of thinking that someone who finds other solutions, even contrary solutions, is making a mistake.
Wrapping your baby is a great way to keep both mother and baby in fine physical fettle and any gentle activity will be comfortable and soothing to your wrapped baby. Bonus points for a fun activity that gives mom an opportunity to build community and engage with grown-up friends!
Most of the wraps used in this class were Wrapsody Breeze wraps which are so light and thin that they are much appreciated here in Florida, and also lend themselves expertly to work out activities.
Most of the mothers have their babies wrapped in either a Double Hammock Back Carry or a Front Wrap Cross Carry variation. Any secure carry will work. A back carry is most convenient for bending and raising legs but front carries should be used by anyone not already a competent back wrapper and it is easy for a babyweaing instructor to adjust the class to fit the needs of the moms. A knowledgeable instructor will keep the motions of the class gentle and smooth, and advise mothers not to overreach while doing the double workout of ballet and babywearing.
Back carries wrapped a little lower rather than super-high on mom’s back may be more convenient for an activity such as this and keep you better balanced.
Palm Harbor Florida is lucky to have a mom-owned business dedicated to bringing fitness and community to moms in a family oriented environment. If you are in the area you will want to visit Om Sweet Om and discover all the classes available.
If you are anywhere else in the world, find your local babywearers and see if you can find a qualified individual who wants to start a class!
The best wrapping times involve baby in family traditions while freeing up enough of mama’s attention for the other children to get full mileage out of all the holiday fun!
So without further ado . . .
Speaking as someone who birthed a baby girl in my living room in front of a decorated tree on Christmas Day 5 years ago, I can tell you that some gifts are better than others. Nothing trumps a sweet, apple-cheeked baby!
Another in my series of themed costumes for babywearers. This post highlights costumes with the baby as an inanimate objects. You would be surprised at the possibilities when you start brainstorming, and hopefully the pictures of these creative families will get the wheels turning for you! And be sure to submit a photo of your babywearing costume to my contest to possibly win a wrap!
17 more great babywearing costume ideas for all those families who want to incorporate their baby and carrier into their costumes for extra Halloween fun! If you do a babywearing costume, be sure to submit a photo to my costume contest!
It’s time for the annual Babywearing Halloween Costume Contest on the Wrap Your Baby facebook page!
Share your photos on the wall between Wednesday 29 October and Monday 3 November, and and I will upload them to the contest album where we’ll see which photo gets the most likes for a free wrap from my store!
Voting (liking) will go from 4 November to 6 November and the winner will be announced on Friday 7 Nov. The winner is responsible for contacting me as I will have no way to get in touch with those who entered. Check for a winner on 7 November and PM or email me if it was you!
PLEASE NOTE: Outfits and traditional clothing from different cultures are not costumes but traditional dress. To avoid any one feeling that their culture is being misrepresented I kindly ask that you refrain from depicting any specific culture and/or nationality or subculture.
You can find more than 50 great costume ideas on my Babywearing Costume Pinterest Board or my recent blog posts sharing Babywearing Animal Costumes Fantasy/Sci-fi Babywearing Costumes and Character Costumes for babywearers.
Go get inspired and start creating! Let’s have some fun!
Each month I give at least one wrap to a Babywearing Group Lending Library. For September I asked groups to send me a photo of babywearing in front of a landmark in their region, or something that epitomizes the region. Today, for Share Your City Saturday (International Babywearing Week), I am sharing some of the photos that were submitted and announcing winners! Scroll to the bottom for winners and enjoy all of the photos along the way!
Babywearing in cities across the globe:
I have to go with Babywearing Group Bucuresti because besides the awesome picture, they WON THE MARATHON!
I also love Lakeland Babywearers’ picture with the swans, and I’m going to give them a wrap for their library as well.
And because I can’t pick just two, I’m going to go ahead and extend this giveaway–which was supposed to be a September giveaway–to encompass October, too. For October let’s add BWI of San Antonio for their beautiful Alamo photo and BWI of Central Missouri and the cool columns!
I’m going out in my city with my family now, so will send emails to winners by Monday, or feel free to contact me yourself: diana @ wrapyourbaby.com
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