Babywearing: Cultural Wisdom Backed up by Science

Babywearing isn’t a fashion statement. Don’t get us wrong, a gorgeous sling embracing a scrummy baby is a truly beautiful thing; however, this primeval parenting practise goes far beyond aesthetics.

In truth, babywearing is an innate biological function similar to breastfeeding and childbirth. Our infants are “carried young”, and like gorillas and other apes, their little bodies are adapted to be held close against their mother (or primary caregiver). Contrast this with “cached young” that are left alone safe places while their parents go foraging for food. Or “following young” that within hours walk along behind their parents.

Given this evolutionary fact, it’s no surprise that babywearing has been practiced for millennia in almost all human cultures around the world.

But is it still relevant today? The answer is emphatically, yes!

To mark International Babywearing Week, we’d like to share the science behind carrying your baby. It has many incredible emotional, mental, and physiological benefits, both for parent and child. But don’t take our word for it! There are numerous scientific studies to back this up.

Let’s dive in and take a look:

For babywearing advocates, it’s enlivening to see the science catching up with and confirming our intuitions. Through experience, most mothers and fathers already know that carrying our babies promotes bonding and soothes our little ones. But having evidence to back this up can help new parents to make informed choices.

So, whether you are a parent who navigates using intuition, or one who prefers to read the scientific literature before committing to a new idea, either way, you can walk tall with your baby slung to your body. Babywearing is an age-old parenting practice that is backed up in equal measure by innate cultural wisdom and cutting edge science.

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