As many of you would know I am currently on maternity leave with my second bub. She is a precious little button who loves to be held...all the time! I have just managed to put her down for the first time in two hours so that I could eat my lunch and it got me thinking about babywearing. I have several types of baby carriers and am utilising them everyday so that I can play with my son, put washing on, eat ... you know - the important things! My baby is happy because she is snuggled against me and I am happy as I have two free hands. Having only spent limited time in baby rooms of EC services, perhaps it is happening and I am yet to see it, but I do wonder why babywearing isn't a part of infant caregiving in Australia? I know it was never even mentioned during my studies and I am yet to see it occuring...but why not?
There are many reasons why babywearing is practical and beneficial including - being able to carry a child and have free hands to tend to other things, settled (happy!) babies and most importantly - it can support the development of secure, trusting relationships.
A large part of confidence is the ability to read baby’s cues successfully.
So if we focus so much of our training on caregivers and babies developing secure attachments - why is babywearing not more common? Or is it happening and I just don't know about it? I think there may be some hesitation regarding back safety and WHS issues, however with the right carrier I find it so much easier on my back and shoulders to wear my bub than carry her in my arms!
I would love to hear from educators - are you babywearing in your service? if so - how does it go?! If not - why? Are there barriers to babywearing?
I am also starting a research project on the concept and if you would like to get involved please let me know!
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