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Sophia

Sophia

Why babywearing matters

 

Babywearing culture has re-emerged in recent years and continued to grow ever since. If you use a baby sling, it may feel right for you as it brings you and your baby closer together. But does it really make a difference to baby and why is it important?

 

Here are 6 reasons why babywearing matters:

 

1. Your baby will cry less

 

Research has shown that babies who are carried more tend to cry less. Your baby is snuggled near you and feels safer so he doesn't have to cry as much. Also because you’re so close, you pick up on any cues of distress more quickly and tend to your baby's needs in less time.

 

2. Babywearing helps you bond

 

Holding your baby close releases the ‘cuddle hormone’- oxytocin. It not only makes both you and your baby feel more relaxed but also helps you develop that special bond with baby.

 

3. You can be hands- free

 

Carrying your baby in a sling means that you’re hands-free to go about your business and do all the things you need to do as a busy mama.

 

You don’t have to worry about putting your baby down and checking on them every two seconds. They’re right there with you while you do the chores, head on a walk or go about your day to day life. Happy, snuggled and safe.

 

4. It helps them learn

 

Carrying your baby might help their cognitive and social development. As they spend less time crying, they spend more time learning from their environment.

 

They’re close to you and hear your voice as you go about your day. And all of this close interaction helps them learn.

 

5. It can reduce your chances of postnatal depression

 

Baby wearing greatly increases the amount of time you spend with skin to skin or in close contact with your baby. This has been linked to decreased rates of PND through research.

 

Baby carrying can also make it easier for new mums to break social isolation by walking and heading out into the community to meet other parents.

 

6. It makes your baby feel safe and cocooned

 

Your baby spent nine months in the comforting enveloping space of your womb. And then they suddenly find themselves thrust into a bright and bustling world.

 

Carrying your baby in a sling recreates something close to the warmth, safety and security they felt in utero.

 

The TICKS rule for safe baby wearing

If you’re carrying your baby in a sling or wrap it’s also important to stick to safety guidelines. TICKS is an acronym for safe baby wearing that all parents should be aware of:

T - Tight

I - In view at all times

C - Close enough to kiss

K - Keep chin off chest

S - Supported back

You can find more resources for safe babywearing here:

http://babyslingsafety.co.uk

 

 

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3517799

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22537390

What do you love most about babywearing? 

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Sophia

Sophia

Keri

Keri

A friend of mine gave me an air purifier. You would not believe the difference it has made. The air feels so fresh and clean and I feel like my son's asthma symptoms have reduced.

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Nicole

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Keri
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Keri

Those are so adorable!!!

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marialev
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marialev

So cute!

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Nicola

Nicola

How much screentime do you allow? (And what age are your kids?)

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Keri
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Mine are 15 and 11. I don't have a set amount of time really, but we have a routine where homework gets done, dinner, bath/shower, so they do tend to look at their phones a bit, but not constantly. On the weekends I struggle to keep my son off the Playstation and am thinking of imposing a limit. He doesn't self regulate when it comes to games!

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Holly B

Holly B

Do you have any top tips/natural remedies to help when your child's poorly with a cold?

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marialev
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We use saline ampules - not the sprays but these 5ml ampules. And we squirt it in our toddler's nose to clear out her sinuses as a doctor recommended it.


It's not very comfortable for her as it's quite a lot of liquid but it does clear things out and stops it all building up.

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Laura

I've heard that drinking warm apple juice is supposed to loosen the congestion, but I haven't tried it myself. We gargle with saltwater for a sore throat ....

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Keri

Keri

Flu and cold bugs!! Our family has been hit hard since the advent of fall/winter. We're having an unusually sick year...anyone else experiencing this?

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emmam

We’ve had 2 stomach bugs going around already...I’m hoping we’re done now!

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heather
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heather

Yes! I've been drinking loads of echinacea tea and it's helped me dodge some but the kids are ill all the time. Tis the season!

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Nicola
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Nicola

Lots of vitamin C and I make sure the kids wash their hands a lot. Especially before eating.

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Keri

Keri

One way to help kids get their trace minerals (most importantly, magnesium) is to put Himalayan sea salts in their bath. The magnesium helps them relax in preparation for bed and sea salts are full of all the trace minerals we might miss out on in our diet.

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emily_l

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Does anyone give their kids a probiotic? I've read that it's becoming more and more recommended by doctors, with all the research on gut health lately. I was wondering if others give it or have a good one to recommend?

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I don't give my kids a probiotic, but I do give them lots of yogurt and miso. I'd also be interested in knowing if anyone else has a good recommendation for a probiotic supplement for kids...

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Nicola

Nicola

How to you prevent and/or get rid of head lice without using any nasty chemicals?

Does tying up girl's hair help? Are there any natural remedies that work? Or do you need the chemical treatments to blast the nits once and for all?

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Holly B
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Nitty Gritty combs. They're amazing. You can comb out all the critters. I use tons of hair conditioner before hand. I also use tea tree scented shampoo whenever there's a nit infestation in school and I think it works.

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We use oil or conditioner and just keep brushing through the hair every night with one of those Nitty Gritty combs, which are great you're right Holly!


Someone told me the chemical shampoos don't do much to kill the lice and that the lice become immune to them anyway. Not sure how true it is but we've always been told to just keep washing and brushing them out and keeping hair tied up. Hope this helps anyone battling lice!

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We've only had nits once, eeeeeek! We used the chemical stuff - I would normally use natural products, but I just wanted a surefire way to get rid of the problem. It worked, but the smell is very strong!

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Sophia N

Sophia N

Anyone know some nice herbal teas for children?

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I don't know particular brands but there are a few herbal teas that I've read are safe for children like lemon balm, fennel and ginger teas. Chamomile used to be considered safe, even for babies, but I think some parents have concerns over chamomile so I'm not sure if it's still recommended.

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