Why would it be of benefit to you as a mother to carry your baby, using any method?
It would assure you that continuity is available for your baby. After nine months of carrying the fetus, where gentle rocking motions were constant, it would make sense to allow for this continuity to continue outside the womb.
You and your baby are bonding in the first few months after birth. Babies need to feel, smell, and touch you for assurance. It stresses baby to have separation from you. Yet, you need to get things done, right? Baby-wearing allows for both!
It assists in cognitive development (Gross-Loh, 46) when you carry your baby. The baby is in a calm state, content, and observing all the time while learning about their world.
You learn about your baby as well. The attachment of mother and baby is strengthened; mother is able to understand baby’s cues easier which develop a mutual trust.
Let’s take a look at some of the various methods used (by country):
Mexican women use the Reboso, a traditional shawl wrap that usually would be given to girls at Menarche and worn as a shawl or neck wrap until needed for carrying a baby. The Lakota use a cradleboard, the Japanese and Malasian women carried babies on their backs…
Things to Consider:
In the first six months after having a baby the hormone relaxin may be in your system. It is important to be aware of “postural adaptations that may adversely affect your spinal joints (Ohm, 18)”. If feeling Fatigued or feeling muscles tightened (such as tightened muscles of the neck or shoulders). Jeanne Ohm recommends a chiropractic visit.
When you are using your baby wrap, sling, or carrier consider your back. The higher up and closer your baby is, the more comfort you will feel.
Consider the type of carrier you will use. Of great concern are the types of slings that are like a pouch and hand low, with lots of material. It is potentially dangerous for the baby as the baby may lie in a “C” position with his/her chin tucked towards the chest. This position can potentially cause breathing issues, or asphyxia (suffocation).