Baby-carrying provides the elements of pressure, motion, pleasure, warmth, security, sound that is essential to the
development of the vestibular nervous system.
Baby-carrying provides constant vestibular
stimulation necessary to the development of motor skills in infants and calming deep-pressure touch and kinesthetic stimulation.
Carrying infants lowers the level of stress hormones and adrenalin circulating in the blood stream of the infant.
Carrying helps the baby develop balance and
trunk and head control. Infants who are carried sit independently and walk sooner.
Baby-carrying enables the mother to be acutely responsive and aware of her baby's cues and signals. Baby-carrying
increases maternal sensitivity and heightens parent's perceptions of their children's needs. Mothers become so sensitive to
their baby that they can anticipate hunger needs, waking, and the need for a clean diaper.
Babies that are carried develop a strong and secure attachment to their mothers.
Baby carrying reduces crying and fussiness (one study found by 43% during the day and 51% at night), mothers
feel more competent and nurturing toward their infant and are less likely to act in abusive ways towards their children. This
author found that baby-carrying resulted in crying less than 1% of the time for the first year of the baby's life.
Continuously carried infants initiate separation faster and become more self-reliant.
Baby-carrying creates autonomy, intimacy and a healthy development of physical intimacy and touching between
parents and children. Baby-carrying gives healthy messages of touching to children and they learn to give and receive affection
and touching in healthy ways. Carried infants are less likely to have sexual problems or unwanted pregnancies later in life.
Babies who are touched and carried continuously develop larger brains than infants who are denied this stimulation.
Babies who are carried have a lower mortality rate than infants who are denied this constant contact.
Baby-carrying greatly benefits premature infants and lowers their mortality rate.
Babies who are carried cry less, smile more, and are less prone to vomiting and spitting up.
Infants who are carried experience reduced or little incidence of colic.
Carried babies experience an enhanced degree of bonding with their caregiver.
Baby-carrying allows parents to accomplish their day-to-day activities and still be in close contact with their
Baby-carrying provides the natural rhythm of movement and tactile stimulation that small babies need for proper
neurological development. Constantly carried babies fall asleep quickly in the comfort of their sling - some babies may always
fall asleep while carried.
allows the baby to be an active participant in the walking, talking, laughing, movement and working of the parent.
Babies are easy to wear and parents learn to relax and touch, even if they were not touched often as children
or are awkward with physical intimacy and closeness.
Baby-carrying develops bonding and attachment between parent and child, shows love and affection, and parental-child
love is expressed and actively demonstrated on a constant basis.
Baby-carrying tells children they are loved, safe, secured and cared for.
creates child that are more involved in their parent's life and more likely to be involved in their own lives and less isolated
Baby-carrying allows children to be AT the center of activity rather than being the center of attention, which
is a healthy atmosphere for development of empathy, affection and a healthy sense of self.
Baby-carrying is the most comfortable and easy way to hold baby on the parent's shoulders, backs and hips. Baby-wearing
distributes weight evenly from parent's shoulders to hips and aligns baby's center of gravity as close to parent's body as
possible. Baby-carrying develops the back muscles necessary to carry the baby and corrects posture in the caregiver.
Baby-carrying holds baby securely leaving the parent's hands free for work and activities.
Baby-carrying offers constant and easy access to the infant's food source, mother's breast milk.
Babies sleep comfortably and for longer periods of time while carried.
Babies who are carried have a solid sense of self-esteem and independence.
Baby-carrying stimulates optimal development of the cerebellum of the brain, the only part of the brain that
continually increases in cells as the baby gets older.
Infants who are not carried can be at risk for brain pathways that modulate pleasure being improperly or incompletely
Carrying of the infant is the most important factor responsible for the infant's normal and social development.
Baby-carrying is a natural soothing baby tranquilizer which helps fussy or tired infants fall asleep.
Baby-carrying stimulates the tactile receptors in the skin, developing muscle tone, increases cardiac output
which increases circulation, promotes respiration and aids in digestion.
Baby-carrying helps the baby maintain equilibrium and provides movement to the baby in fall three directions,
essential to preprioception (body awareness).
Baby-carrying provides the exact level and kind of stimulation an infant requires, energizing their nervous
system and providing quiet and calm alertness in the infant.
Infants who are carried learn more as they are in a vertical position or semi-vertical position which encourages
an alert state of arousal. Baby-carrying develops the muscles needed for the infant to sit, stand and walk. The baby must
use his muscles to fight gravity and hold his head up, building necessary muscle strength, control and coordination.
Infants who are carried have less head lag, stronger neck and shoulder muscles, and walk on their own by ten
months old versus the average North American walking age of eleven and a half (or more) months. Baby-carrying allows infants
to retain the standing/stepping reflex present from birth which they use to push themselves up and grab onto mother.
Infants who are carried typically walk and never crawl due to their advanced motor development and enriched
environmental experiences while worn on their caregiver.
Carried infants experience less vertigo and increased physical agility in adulthood, a superior sense of balance,
precision of movement, and an awareness of their position in the space around them.
Baby-carrying shortens the period that an infant is dependent on his caregiver and carried infants initiate
separation sooner and for longer periods due to the their more secure attachment to the parent.
Baby carrying constantly allows the baby to complete its exterogestation period which is needed for the proper
development and health of the infant.
Baby-carrying creates an intuitive sensitivity that allows mother to anticipate her baby's every mood and need
and fully experience the joy of mothering.
Baby-carrying recreates the oneness of the baby and mother that existed in the womb which is absolutely necessary
for proper development of the infant and the mother's levels of mothering hormone, prolactin.