Babywearing is not only beneficial for moms. Dads and other caregivers can also enjoy and benefit from babywearing. In fact, it’s not unusual anymore to spot babywearing dads on the streets. Even celebrity dads enjoy holding their babies snug in a baby carrier when out and about.
1. Babywearing strengthens the attachment
In the first few years usually, moms are the primary caregivers. Therefore moms traditionally have a strong bond with their baby. But it doesn’t mean that a baby can’t have a strong bond with other caregivers as well. Sure, newborns are not yet as interactive as older babies. So it can be challenging to figure out what to do with a newborn apart from the basic baby care tasks. That’s why the close contact while babywearing is so beneficial for forming bonds.
2. Carrying helps attend to the baby’s needs
There’s definitely a learning curve of noticing and reading the baby’s cues. Luckily, holding a baby close in a baby wrap or carrier makes it easier for babywearing dads to notice the baby’s needs and promptly respond to them. Besides, babywearing has so many advantages for babies as well.
3. Babywearing helps settle a fussy baby
Even if a baby is generally calm and happy, there can always be times when she is fussier than usual. For example, due to tiredness, teething or discomfort. On these days, just hold your baby close, all cuddled up in a carrier or wrap. That is an almost magical way to calm your little one.
4. Carrying boosts the shared experiences
The number one way babies are learning is through observation. It makes a huge difference for your baby to experience the world in a sling, at eye level. Your little one can participate in the situation from the safe closeness of the wrap and view the surroundings better. For instance, a trip to the farmer’s market in a wrap is a whole exciting sensory and social experience.
5. Babywearing dads get things done
Cuddling a baby is fun, but sometimes chores need to be done and errands have to be run. Isn’t it great that a baby wrap or carrier allows you to cuddle and get things done at the same time?
6. Babywearing gets your baby to sleep
Some days, it can be more difficult to put your baby to sleep. Thank God baby carriers got invented. Being wrapped is warm, comfy and feels safe. No wonder that tired babies can’t help but fall asleep. The sleepy dust of a snug baby wrap is real.
7. Babywearing dads can get (almost) everywhere
Amazingly, babywearing can get you and your lil bebe to places a stroller cannot. From big city walks through airports to outdoor adventures, so many things are possible while carrying. This freedom is simply invaluable.