Baby slings are becoming more and more common, but there are still many mothers and fathers who have never heard of them, or even if they have, they haven’t tried them.
Not only that, there are many people who have tried them but did not get along with them – most likely because they wore them wrong, or had the wrong size, or positioned the baby incorrectly.
Finally, there are the group of parents who swear by baby slings and could not imagine carrying babies around without one, the first 2 may very well become one of the third group if properly educated on the benefits and methods of using a baby sling.
So, benefits – what benefits
A baby sling / carrier is as good as an extra 2 arms, how many times have you uttered the words “I only have 2 hands” or “I wish I had 4 arms”? Well a baby sling allows you to carry your baby around, keeping him or her close to you and still have your arms free to do other tasks.
With a baby sling, you’re not restricted by space, remember back before baby was born when you were pregnant? You walked around freely (even if slightly uncomfortably!) without having to push around a pram or buggy, and without your arms aching from carrying all day – a baby sling can make you feel like you are back as one with your baby, the sling will hold your baby close to you whilst you walk around as normal.
Going out for the day can be a real headache when you have to pack up your car, a huge pram can fill your whole boot space leaving no room for anything else – going for a picnic? Nope – no room for a picnic basket, holidays? No room for suitcases – ditch the pram and take a baby sling instead, it can be folded up into a small square and placed anywhere without taking up any space whatsoever.
With your baby laying in a baby sling or carrier you can see your baby in front of you at all times, you may even breast feed your baby whilst he or she is in the baby carrier, as it can be positioned in many different ways. Not only that, your baby will be able to see your face for comfort, and feel your warmth, being tucked up in a baby carrier is almost like being in the womb, making your baby feel safe.
A baby carrier keeps your baby close and safe, removes the bulk of a pram from your life and frees your hands up for every day use, so you certainly can’t argue that there are benefits, and this is precisely why the die hard users would never be without, it is also why we recommend that anyone who has their doubts, has never tried one, or found them useless in the past try again, ensure you use it properly, give it a chance for a week, and then see if you can do without!