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About Baby Wearing

I wore my baby in the BabyBjorn (a baby wearer product) every day for the first two months. I read about baby wearing, probably in The Baby Book by the Sears family before I had my baby and I knew I wanted to try it.

This article discusses the following topics about baby wearing:

Baby Wearing BabyBjorn

Supports E.A.S.Y. Schedule
Wearing my baby helped me follow the E.A.S.Y. (Eat, Activity, Sleep, You) schedule promoted by Hogg in Secrets of the Baby Whisperer. After I breastfed or gave my baby a bottle, I would put him in the BabyBjorn and start doing daily activities around the house or go for a walk in the neighborhood.

After eating he would do the activity phase by being carried around by me and participating in my daily activities. Inevitably, he would fall asleep while I was carrying him, thus going into the sleep phase. I would be able to continue working on things around the house while he slept peacefully in the BabyBjorn.
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Reduces Crying/ Colic
My baby loved being carried in the BabyBjorn. I would think most babies would like some sort of babywearing, especially in the early months as they are use to being “bounced” around in your belly and now they can be calmed by your smell, touch, and movement. Baby wearing may help reduce crying as it reminds the baby of the womb which thus “lessens baby’s anxiety and lessens the need to fuss” (Sears 304).

My baby seemed to be a very content baby and rarely cried, without us attributing it to something such as being hungry, needing his diaper changed, or getting ready to take a nap. As stated above, he easily fell asleep in the BabyBjorn probably because it did remind him of the “womb” since he was naturally being rocked to sleep as I walked around the house. I cannot guarantee that my baby was a “happy” baby because he was carried but I definitely don’t think he minded being carried. He always loved affection and was happy when he was with someone.
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May Help Babies with Acid Reflux
In general, most mediums recommend to help babies with acid reflux, the best thing is to keep them upright. Wearing the baby is a great way to keep the baby upright. The fact that I wore my baby so much the first couple of months probably helped with his acid reflux. My baby wasn’t officially diagnosed with acid reflux until after 6 months so I’m glad I was able to do something early on to help make him feel more comfortable. Refer to the acid reflux section if you think your baby may be suffering from acid reflux.

The fact baby wearing may help babies with acid reflux, may be another reason baby wearing is attributed with helping reduce crying/ colic, since “the most common medical cause of the 'hurting baby' or colic is gastroesophageal reflux" (Sears 388). Other names of gastroesophageal reflux are: GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), acid reflux, heartburn, acid indigestion, and reflux.) Thus, wearing the baby may help eliminate some of the symptoms of reflux and thus keep the baby more content and cry less.
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Mental Development
As discussed by Sears, it is possible that baby wearing may even help with mental development since the baby spends less time crying and fussing, the baby has more time to focus energy on the positive aspects of learning. While the baby is facing toward mother, the baby can see the mother’s face which may help with bonding and once the baby is facing forward then the baby will be more “involved in the babywearer’s world. Baby sees what mother or father sees, hears what they hear, and in some ways feels what they feel” (Sears 305).

Another reason baby wearing may be attributed with mental development is because it is easier to involve the baby when you are physically wearing her. For example, I always tried to narrate what I was doing when I was wearing my baby. “Mommy’s going to go get the laundry out of the dryer.”  Most research recommends it is never too early to talk to your baby and it is generally recommended to start by simply explaining what you are doing.
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Bonding Time
According to Sears, babywearing may even help mothers overcome obstacles to bonding like postpartum depression. As discussed, babywearing can "enhance bonding by promoting stimulation of mothering hormones, a mutual reading of each other’s cues and competence" (308). I always felt very close to my baby so I don’t know if it was attributable to wearing him but I definitely don’t think it hindered our bond.

As stated above, I was generally able to determine the reason for my baby’s cries and thus meet his needs (hunger, discomfort, tired) and I think having my baby with me probably helped. I could feel him when he got the hiccups, not just hear him or I’d know immediately when he went to the bathroom by seeing the expression on his face.
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Continue with Daily Activities
Wearing my baby in the BabyBjorn, I was not only able to care for him, but I was also able to care for myself. It enabled me to do daily chores, such as folding laundry or washing dishes. I would also wear my baby on outings such as when I did grocery shopping or even a walk around the neighborhood.

The only problem with wearing him was there wasn’t a shade cover, so I’d usually try to drape a light blanket over him while making sure he wasn’t overheating. (Our pediatrician recommended not using sunblock until my baby was around 6 months old.)

Once my baby was able to face forward, he really enjoyed being worn on outings as there was so much to look at and experience.
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Easy Form of Exercise
I definitely got my thigh muscles in shape wearing my baby in the BabyBjorn since I was doing squats a million times a day so I could keep him upright and comfortable when I bent down to pick something up. And even though, my baby only weighed around 8 pounds, when you wear additional weight all day, it still gives you a workout.

For me, wearing my baby was much easier than holding him in my arms, especially, for outings like a baseball game. My baby could sleep easily in the BabyBjorn and it was easier on the person wearing him to let him sleep in that than to try to hold him during the game.
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Allow “Quiet” Time with Spouse
We even would occasionally wear our baby at the dinner table. Daddy would drape a light towel or something over his head so he didn’t drop any food on his head. (Usually Daddy wore him at dinner time as I’m a much messier eater.)  Wearing him allowed us to have a peaceful dinner while our baby slept comfortably. Later, when he was older we tended to eat dinner after we put him to sleep so we could continue our peaceful dinners and have some alone time.
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Pictures
Surprisingly, there are not many pictures of me carrying my baby in the BabyBjorn. Here are some pictures of our son with Daddy.

Baby Baby2 Beach
Daddy and Baby Doing Chores (BabyBjorn)
Daddy and Baby on Beach

MiniMe Side Backpack
This reminds me of “Mini-Me” in the Austin Powers movie.
Ergobaby Side Carry
Hiking in Colorado

Moby Wrap
My Little Sleeping Pumpkin

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Types of Products
So now you decide you want to explore the idea of baby wearing…what type of product should you get?  Refer to the “Baby Wearing Products” article for more information or please refer to The MOMMBY Amazon Store - Routine Care - Products for some of the baby wearing products.
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Works Cited

Hogg, Tracy and Melinda Blau. Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect, and
Communicate with Your Baby
. New York: Ballantine, 2001.

Sears, William M.D., Martha Sears, R.N., Robert Sears, M.D. and James Sears, M.D. The Baby Book:
Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby - From Birth to Age Two
. New York: Little, 2003.

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Last Updated: January 2010