When choosing a baby carrier you have two basic options. These two options include the standard baby carriers that often resemble a backpack (worn on either the back or front) or the baby sling. More often than not, a parent may select the traditional style baby carrier because they are not sure about the many benefits a baby sling can provide. Another drawback is that since many parents aren’t familiar with the baby sling, they may not feel it is secure enough to hold their baby. However, baby slings can be just as secure as a traditional baby carrier, yet hold many more benefits in the long run.
One of the main benefits of a baby sling is the way the baby is positioned close to their parent as opposed to the backpack style of carry that the typical baby carriers offer. The sling carry is more convenient for infants who need constant attention. Being close to mom or dad offers that special bonding time while allowing the parent to tend to her daily routines such as housework or taking care of older children in the home as well.
Another huge benefit of the baby sling is the way they help alleviate back pain for mom or dad. Parents know that carrying around their little one can wreak havoc on the back, causing back pain or irritating an already existing problem. Since the baby sling distributes the baby’s weight more evenly, you are less likely to position your lower back in uncomfortable positions to accommodate the weight of your baby. The traditional carriers often mean carrying your infant on your back and after a couple of hours, you will begin to feel the discomfort on your lower back. The baby sling will help reduce back discomfort enough to where it may not even be an issue.
The best benefit of all when it comes to the baby sling is the closeness you will have with your young one. Infants need the constant touch and attention from their mom or dad. Being close to your child at this early stage of their lives is not spoiling the child which is a common myth. This closeness and bonding is a critical time for both parent and baby. Rather then leaving your infant alone in their crib to fuss or cry while you do housework, you can spend that time bonding.
Other little benefits include the calming effect of being carried regularly. This can prove beneficial if your baby is colic and is extremely fussy and crying. You may find that carrying your baby in a baby sling actually decreases the amount of crying on a daily basis. Your baby will also benefit from being up and about, rather than lying in a crib all day. Your baby will be more alert, reacting to the things around you both such as interacting with others or noticing new sounds and colors.
A typical baby carrier cannot offer these types of benefits. While they are great for long treks around town, they cannot offer the same closeness and face to face interaction with your infant that a baby sling can.