Thursday, April 04, 2013

Super Crunchy Mariam Poppins: Crunchy Babywearing - the benefits Part 1

As salaamu alaykunna!!!

Happy Thursday! Today is Super Crunchy Mariam Poppins day! (try saying that fast)

And today we are talking about baby wearing! What is it all about, how do you get started, and what's the benefits Inshaa Allaah

What is a crunchy mama in the first place?

Before we get started on our theme's topic: Babywearing

Let me explain all about the crunchy mama if I may :)

According to the Urban Dictionary:

Mother who supports homebirth, breastfeeding, baby wearing, cloth diapering, co-sleeping, gentle discipline, etc. One who questions established medical authority; tends to be vegetarian and/or prepare all-organic foods

Now back to our theme!

What is baby wearing?

According to wiki:

Babywearing is the practice of wearing or carrying a baby in a sling or in another form of carrier. Babywearing has been practiced for centuries around the world. In the industrialized world, babywearing has gained popularity in recent decades, partly under influence of advocates of attachment parenting. Babywearing is a form of baby transport.

Dr. William Sears, a pediatrician, attributes many benefits to babywearing and the in-arms style of parenting such as:

* Mothers' oxytocin is increased through physical contact with the infant, leading to a more intimate maternal bond, easier breastfeeding and better care, thus lowering the incidence of postpartum depression and psychosomatic illness in the mother;similarly, the father carrying the baby has benefits for the paternal bond.

* Infants are "humanized" earlier by developing socially. Babies are closer to people and can study facial expressions, learn languages faster and be familiar with body language.

* Infants who are carried are calmer because all of their primal/survival needs are met. The caregiver can be seen, heard, smelled, touched, tasted, provide feeding and the motion necessary for continuing neural development, gastrointestinal and respiratory health and to establish balance (inner ear development) and muscle tone is constant.

* Sling babies cry less. Parents in my practice commonly report, "As long as I wear her, she's content!" Parents of fussy babies who try babywearing relate that their babies seem to forget to fuss. 

*Sling babies learn more. If infants spend less time crying and fussing, what do they do with the free time? They learn! Sling babies spend more time in the state of quiet alertness . This is the behavioral state in which an infant is most content and best able to interact with his environment. It may be called the optimal state of learning for a baby. Researchers have also reported that carried babies show enhanced visual and auditory alertness.

(According to Dr. Sears and Allaah knows best)

1 comment:

  1. As'salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

    I kind of baby wear, lol. But as my babies get older, I find they will not sit by themselves so I can do activties like cooking or cleaning. Any advice in finding a balance?


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