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Research shows that babies who are touched & cuddled frequently, cry & fuss less. Such content and alert babies show enhanced learning through contact and interaction with his caregiver. Our Baby Sling promote this style of parenting.
Following are some of the advantages of "wearing" your baby (from "The Baby Book" by William and Martha Sears):
- It's convenient. You can breastfeed discretely in a sling while working, getting things done around the house, shopping or eating in a restaurant. If you have a baby who wants to be held all the time, this is an easy way to meet her needs while doing other things.
- It helps moms care for older siblings. Carrying your baby in a sling can give you the mobility to care for your older children.
- It helps some babies to breastfeed better. Some babies, particularly those who are tense or tend to arch their backs, breastfeed better while moving. Also, babies who are slow to gain weight (for no apparent reason) have been known to gain better if carried in a sling for several hours a day, since proximity to mom encourages babies to eat more frequently.
- It reduces crying and colic. A 1986 study of 99 mother-infant pairs (reported in Pediatrics) showed that carrying babies at least three hours a day reduces crying and fussing 43% during the day and 51% at night. Babies are happier because they have less need to cry, and parents enjoy their babies more as a result.
- It enhances learning. Carried babies have enhanced visual and auditory alertness, and increased "quiet alertness" times. Carrying a baby promotes cognitive development and speech development, since babies are exposed to more experiences and conversations.
- Carried babies are involved in their parents' world. They participate in life, rather than see it as a spectator.
- Carrying your baby promotes bonding and enhances parents' feelings of competence. A higher frequency of feeding and touching stimulates mothering hormones, and frequent carrying encourages and speeds the development of a mutual reading of each other's cues.
TYPES OF BABY SLING
This is a piece of fabric which is sewn together at the ends and folded to form a pocket. They go over one shoulder like a sash, and the baby sits in the pouch either on the front or back. Most pouch slings are not adjustable, and so it is important to make sure you select the right size and you will probably need two different sizes to fit you and your partner.
Pros: Generally good value, great for use with newborns, and are quick to get on and off.
Cons: It can be difficult to get a snug carrying position because of the lack of adjustability.
Ring Sling (KasihkuSayangku Comfort Baby Sling).
This is a piece of fabric which threads through two rings, forming a loop. Some rings have padding in the shoulder and in the edges (rails) for extra comfort, others are unpadded. The sling then goes over one shoulder and is fastened by pulling the fabric through the rings. The fabric covers much of the mother's body, so be sure to pick a colour that you will be happy to wear with most of your clothes.
Ring slings are good for vertical distribution of weight, and are quick to get on and off. The 'tail' material can be used for discreet breastfeeding, and many parents will be able to use the same size sling (except where there is a great difference in size between parents).They can seem too bulky for some people and padded slings can be more difficult to adjust.
Rings: Baby Carriers made using metal rings tend to slip and wear through the fabric. They may rust in the long-term and the welding that holds the metal ring together may give way. Wooden or plastic craft rings, glass-like rings, and rings made of crackly-sounding plastic, while usable, may also not be 100% safe over the long-term. Do note whether the rings have any joining lines that show a low-stress point that is liable to break. Kasihku Sayangku uses only fully molded nylon rings. Such rings are durable, can withstand weight, stress and countless washings in the washing machine & dryer.
This is a piece of fabric which you wrap and tie around your body so that your baby is held securely. Generally they are either made of a woven fabric, or a stretchy jersey type fabric, although you can also get wraps made from fleece, velvet or brocade. The stretchy materials make it possible for you to tie the wrap on first and then slip the baby into place, which is great for when you have a newborn. The woven materials are better at bearing heavier weights, as they have less give and so hold your toddler close to you. By wrapping the fabric acround the waist and shoulders, you can distribute your baby's weight very well, which makes them very comfortable over long periods of time, even with a heavy toddler.
It might take a while to learn how to tie the carrier at first, and you'll need to follow the instructions carefully until you are sure of what you are doing. However, the pay off for this effort lies in the versatility and comfort of a wraparound carrier.
There are numerous carrying positions possible with a wraparound carrier, and the excess fabric can be used for discreet breastfeeding, plus the wrap can be folded up and used as a blanket or changing mat while out and about.
Backpacks and Soft Carriers
There are a lot of carriers in this category although they are quite diverse in style - there are two basic types, those that fasten with buckles and those which tie on. Generally they are more structured carrier than the categories above, with shoulder straps and often a waist strap. Some carriers are suitable for use from birth, and backpacks are often more suitable than other types of slings for carrying older children. The Mei-Hip is a similar design to the Mei-tai but allows your child to be carried on your hip, which is great for carrying heavier babies.
HOW TO USE?
Very simple, just watch the following video:
- Using Baby Sling for Nursing/Breastfeeding http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9lTUbozm20
FREQUENT ASK QUESTION (FAQ)
I come across a parenting forum and one of the member share the following:
"In fact, I first bought baby carrier for my eldest daughter and suffer back pain after using it. My hand need to keep holding her neck afraid she will fall down. After we read the benefits and advantages of using Baby Sling (Ring version), we decide to give it a try for our second daughter. Now I must said, I'm loving it. I have no regret till now. Whenever I put on it when we go out especially to shopping mall, people always curios what is inside the sling and want to take a look. Sometimes I even heard they comment, 'no bad, it is a good way to carry baby'. Now my two hand is free. I can take a seat in MPH Bookstore and enjoy reading while my baby sleep comfortably in the sling.
I always heard the following comment on Baby Sling:
Baby Sling is expensive. RM 60 per sling is expensive? It depend. It depend how we view it values. I remember when I first bought baby carrier at Jaya Jusco sale, it cost me around RM 60 ++. Do you ever calculate, we spend around RM 42 per month on newspaper? Multiply by 12 months, how much we have spend on newspaper per year?
Baby sling is hard to use. I admit when I first bought Baby Sling, I also found it difficult to use but I never give out. Practice makes perfect. Can you recall your fist time try to ride on bicycle or learn to drive a car, do it found it difficult? Of course yes, but the more you practice, the more you master it, right?
My baby don't like it. From my experience, it has the same problem source with baby car seat. The earlier we train our baby to put her/him in the baby sling, in the car seat, the better, the faster he/she will adapt to it. I still can remember, when I first put my my eldest daughter in the car seat when she is 1 month+, her tears burst out immediately. But after few rounds, she start loving it. Same goes to baby sling. When we first put our second daughter in the sling when she is 2 months +, it take few days for her to get use to it. Now, whenever we put her in the sling, she tempt to go Z.z.z.z..z. very soon."
Need more info about Baby Sling? Please visit http://www.kellymom.com/parenting/sling.html
HOLD THEM, LOVE THEM, KISS THEM
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