The Ancient Science of Babywearing
Babywearing may be as old as the human species. This should come as little surprise because, like apes, humans give birth to “carried young”. Unlike mammal infants who walk behind their mothers from the first days of life, or those that are left “cached” in a safe place while their parents go foraging, human newborns are physically adapted to be held against their mothers bodies.
Evolutionary biology often translates into cultural wisdom, and this is the case with babywearing. All over the world, dating back millennia, parents and caregivers have carried babies in slings and wraps.
But how about today? Is babywearing beneficial in our modern society?
The answer is yes. Scientific studies have shown that this ancient parenting practice provides deep biological advantages that are as relevant today as they were in the past.
This infographic, put together by WeTheParents, compiles more than twenty scientific studies that make a compelling argument for babywearing:
If you would like to learn more about the science and studies which support babywearing, then head over to: https://wetheparents.org/babywearing-benefits-evidence
From helping with postnatal depression to aiding a babies digestion and growth, the physical stimulation and closeness associated with babywearing, has profound effects on mother and infant. What’s more, this incredible and natural practice is also fun and convenient.
We’ve heard of “breast is best”, maybe it’s time for “babywearing is best” too!