Helps Babies Grow and Thrive Most mammals are born with four legs and literally “hit the floor running.” Their gestational period ends with their first breath. Human babies are born less developed and naturally have higher needs at birth. Your baby’s gestational period doesn’t end at birth, but rather continues for many months. Because of this, nurturing the child to adapt to life outside the womb becomes essential in order to properly regulate your baby’s systems.
Slings will extend the womb experience and provide a home base of sorts for your newborn. While in the womb, your baby’s systems were organized on autoplay. The baby experiences the parent’s rhythmic walk, heart beat and breathing while they are worn, and these act as a pacemaker of sorts which remind the baby to organize and pattern her own functions with yours. Babywearing in a sling provides comfort and regulation and adds to the security and warmth so that your infant can focus her energies on positive growth.
Reduces Infant Mortality, SIDS This is especially true for the premature babies, as mortality rates decrease by as much as 70% when premature newborns are worn in a sling. The enormous benefits a sling provides to a premature baby were first discovered accidentally by a care specialist in South Africa. Unable to offer technological incubators, they used the moms and secured their babies to them with a sling-like wrap creating an “exterior womb.” To everyone’s amazement; the premature infants that were worn throughout most of the day thrived and grew just as well, and sometimes even better, as the incubated infants.
Soothes Crying and Colic Research shows that babies worn for at least 3 hours a day cry 43% less during the day and 51% less at night. Babywearing is an ideal preventative measure for more peaceful days and nights.
Encourages Mental Development Since worn babies spend less time crying and trying to soothe themselves, they are freed (in their state of quiet alertness) to observe more and to positively interact more. Carried babies are more intimately involved in their parent’s world and are more engaged in what is going on around them. They socialize better since they are carried at eye level instead of sitting at knee level, like in a stroller. The brain is stimulated by the inclusion provided by babywearing and therefore is encouraged to grow and develop. Scientific evidence shows that carried babies demonstrate advanced speech development and enhanced visual and auditory alertness.
Reduces Incidence of Post-Partum Depression Studies shows that Post-Partum Depression is much less common among mothers who frequently wear their infants. The reason is not entirely known but many speculate that it may be because of a hormonal stimulation baby-wearing provides and because worn babies cry much less.
Better Bonding = Easier Discipline The deeper the connection between a parent and child, the easier discipline will be in the future. Wearing your infant in a sling is a bonding investment that enhances the connection between you and your baby. Credible research comparing well-connected children with poorly-connected children brings to light that connected children are more secure, settled, trusting, sociable, positive, adaptable, confident, considerate, co-operative, willing to share, empathetic, sensitive, affectionate, persistent, and eager to learn.
Other Key Benefits Carrying your baby in a sling allows for your hands to be free in order to go about daily tasks. Baby carriers are extremely helpful during times when using a stroller would be inconvenient – such as up stairs, through large crowds, narrow aisleways, or over rough terrain. It is also helpful when frequently transferring to and from the car. It is much easier to slip on a sling than to drag out and unfold the stroller. Baby carrier put your baby at the height of people’s faces instead of at their knees therefore encouraging social interactions and development. Unlike other frontpacks, slings are useful from infancy through toddlerhood, when little legs get tired of walking.
All of our products are adjustable so you can breastfeed while wearing your baby. Adjustable straps on our soft structured carriers make a discreet breastfeeding possible anywhere you go. You can also adjust the fabric in the ring sling to allow you to breastfeed your little one.
As with any type of baby carrier, always inspect your Beco Baby Carrier for damage before using and follow all instructions. Never perform any task that could be dangerous with your child in the Beco Baby Carrier. Use common sense! Always double check that the buckles are connected properly. Never unbuckle the waist belt while the baby is in the carrier. By purchasing this product, you acknowledge that the Manufacturer or Distributor accepts no responsibility for injury/damage due to the use/misuse of this product. Your child’s safety is your responsibility. Be sure you have help getting your baby into and out of the Beco Baby Carrier until you become comfortable with it. If you are starting out with babywearing, do so over a soft surface such as a bed, sofa or carpeted floor covered with a blanket.
Please observe the following while wearing your baby: Please support your baby with a hand or two while you and your baby are getting used to the sling. You and your baby will become more comfortable in time and you’ll be able to free one or both of your hands. Please, DON’T GIVE UP! Babywearing takes practice just like all other parenting tasks. You can make the process easier by making sure that baby is fed, rested and happy before you try the carrier the first few times. Also, be sure to pull the top rim of fabric up to cover the entire back of your baby to avoid a “backdive.” Never wear your baby when cycling or riding in the car. While cooking at the stove, use only back carry position. A sling doesn’t substitute for a car seat. When bending, please bend at the knees, not at the waist, and hold the baby with one hand while reaching with the other. Never drink HOT beverages when wearing baby, although your sling will come handy for eating, especially in restaurants.