Whether you’re juggling multiple children, grocery shopping, walking the dog or travelling the globe, baby-wearing is the answer when being hands-free is a requirement. Over the past decade, more and more parents are choosing to ‘wear’ their little ones, and not just newborns and babies – even toddler-sized children can be seen riding the bus on mum and dad’s chest.
We spoke to Professional Carrying Consultant and Founder of South London Slings, Emily Williamson, who explains how the benefits of baby-wearing is not only beautifully convenient and undeniably cosy but also supports your baby’s development in more ways than you might realise…
1. Movement – when carried, babies experience an automatic, deep relaxation. Carrying your baby is more soothing than just holding them thanks to movement, it helps to reduce stress and even aids digestion.
2. Oxytocin – the hormone which is linked to love and connection is released in both men and women during positive interaction and contact with their baby.
3. Skin to Skin – not only boosts Oxytocin but it has been show to stabilise a baby’s heart rate, breathing and temperature.
With all this in mind, choosing your baby carrier is up there with the important decisions like choosing your pushchair and car seat. Here are ten of our favourites…
Baby Carrier One Air, £159.99 – BabyBjorn | Find it HERE
Baby Carrier in Linen, €85 – Studio Romeo | Find it HERE
MyCarrier™ Front Carrier, £99 – Stokke | Find it HERE
Tartan Plaid Baby Wrap, £449 – Artipoppe | Find it HERE
Ergobaby Omni 360 Baby Carrier All-In-One, £154.90 – Ergobaby | Find it HERE
Mesh Sling, £41.90 – Beton Studios | Find it HERE
Zeitgeist Baby Velvet Gold Carrier, £431 – Artipoppe | Find it HERE
Ergobaby Embrace Newborn Carrier, £79.90 – Ergobaby | Find it HERE
ZIP™ Travel Carrier – Infantino | Find it HERE
Izmi Baby Carrier Limited Edition, From £85 – Izmi | Find it HERE
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