10 Reasons to Wear Your Baby 背戴宝宝 10大好处

[:en]Credits: Indajani1. Wearing a baby is convenient.

When we carry a baby in a sling, we can walk around freely and not have to worry about negotiating steps, crowds or narrow aisles with a stroller. Plastic “baby buckets” and removable car seats are heavy and awkward for parents, babies often look uncomfortable, and they are kept at knee level. A sling can block out excess stimuli when breastfeeding a distractible baby, and it allows for discreet nursing in public places. A sling can also double as a changing pad, blanket, or cushion when away from home. I’ve found my sling especially handy when negotiating busy airports with a small child and several bags!

2. Wearing a baby promotes physical development.

When a baby rides in a sling attached to his mother, he is in tune with the rhythm of her breathing, the sound of her heartbeat, and the movements his mother makes – walking, bending, and reaching. This stimulation helps him to regulate his own physical responses, and exercises his vestibular system, which controls balance. The sling is in essence a “transitional womb” for the new baby, who has not yet learned to control his bodily functions and movements. Research has shown that premature babies who are touched and held gain weight faster and are healthier than babies who are not. Mechanical swings and other holding devices do not provide these same benefits.

 

3. Babies worn in slings are happier.

Studies have shown that the more babies are held, the less they cry and fuss. In indigenous cultures where baby-wearing is the norm, babies often cry for only a few minutes a day – in contrast to Western babies, who often cry for hours each day. Crying is exhausting for both the baby and his parents, and may cause long-term damage as the baby’s developing brain is continually flooded with stress hormones. Babies who do not need to spend their energy on crying are calmly observing and actively learning about their environment. Baby-wearing is especially useful for colicky babies, who are far happier being worn, but placid, content babies and children will also benefit greatly from the warmth and security of being held close.

 

4. Baby-wearing is healthy for you!

It can be challenging for new mothers to find time to exercise, but if you carry your baby around with you most of the day or go for a brisk walk with your baby in her sling, you will enjoy the dual benefits of walking and “weightlifting”. A long walk in the sling is also an excellent way to help a tired but over-stimulated child fall asleep.

 

5. Toddlers appreciate the security of the sling.

Slings are usually associated with infants, but they can be very useful for toddlers as well; most slings accommodate children up to 15-20kg. The world can be a scary place for toddlers, who feel more confident when they can retreat to the security of the sling when they need to do so. Toddlers often become over-stimulated, and a ride in the sling helps to soothe and comfort them before (or after!) a “melt-down” occurs. It can be very helpful in places like the zoo, aquarium, or museum, where a small child in a stroller would miss many of the exhibits.

 

6. Baby-wearing helps you and your baby to communicate with each other.

The more confidence we have in our parenting, the more we can relax and enjoy our children. A large part of feeling confident as a parent is the ability to read our baby’s cues successfully. When we hold our baby close in a sling, we become finely attuned to his gestures and facial expressions. Many baby-wearing parents report that they have never learned to distinguish their baby’s cries – because their babies are able to communicate effectively without crying! Every time a baby is able to let us know that she is hungry, bored or wet without having to cry, her trust in us is increased, her learning is enhanced, and our own confidence is reinforced. This cycle of positive interaction enhances the mutual attachment between parent and child, and makes life more enjoyable for everyone.

 

7. Slings are a bonding tool for fathers, grandparents, and other caregivers.

Slings are a useful tool for every adult in a baby’s life. It makes me smile when I see a new father going for a walk with his baby in a sling. The baby is becoming used to his voice, heartbeat, movements and facial expressions, and the two are forging a strong attachment of their own. Fathers don’t have the automatic head-start on bonding that comes with gestation, but that doesn’t mean they can’t make up for this once their baby is born. The same goes for babysitters, grandparents and all other caregivers. Cuddling up close in the sling is a wonderful way to get to know the baby in your life, and for the baby to get to know you!

 

8. Slings are a safe place for a child to be.

Instead of running loose in crowded or dangerous places, a child in a sling is held safe and secure right next to your body. Slings also provide emotional safety when needed, so that children can venture into the world and become independent at their own pace.

 

9. Slings are economical.

Slings cost far less than strollers, front-carriers or backpacks. Many mothers consider the sling to be one of their most useful and economical possessions. Inexpensive used slings can be found in consignment and thrift stores, and new ones can be bought for about $25 -$50 (U.S.) – not bad for an item many parents use daily for two years or more! A sling can also be sewn for the price of a length of cotton, some rings and batting; sling patterns are available.

 

10. Baby-wearing is fun.

Who doesn’t love to cuddle a precious little baby? And when your baby is older, having her in the sling makes conversations easier and allows you to observe her reactions to the wonders of the world around her. It’s also fun for baby, because when she is up at eye level, other adults notice and interact with her more. Your child will feel more a part of your life when she is in her sling, and you will find yourself becoming more and more enchanted with this special little person.

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Credits: Indajani
背戴宝宝非常方便,双手自由。妈妈在忙碌的同时也可以让宝宝随身陪伴着

1. 戴着婴儿很方便。

背戴宝宝时,我们可以走动自如,不必担心谈判步伐或人群,也无需在狭窄的过道用婴儿车。母乳喂养的宝宝分心时,一条背巾可以屏蔽掉过多的刺激,背巾也允许母亲在公共场所隐蔽地喂奶。同一条背巾也可以化身为垫、毛毯、靠垫。

 

2. 戴着婴儿促进身体发育。

当一个孩子依偎在母亲的怀里,他正顺应了她的呼吸,她的心跳声的节奏,她的一举一动- 走路、弯腰、伸展。这能帮助孩子调整自己的身体反应,并行使他的前庭系统控制平衡。背巾在本质上是给尚未学会控制自己的身体机能和运动的新生儿的一个“过渡性子宫”。研究表明被抚触、偎抱的早产儿体重增加更快。

很多父母担心背戴宝宝会抑制发育,事实上宝宝在早期贴着成人的身体反而对他们的发育有益无害!被背戴的宝宝睡眠更为充饱,益于脑部发育,而少了哭闹的宝宝则可以把精力花在观察环境。

 

3. 背戴着的婴儿更快乐。

有研究表明,被偎抱的婴儿比较少哭闹。在各个土著文化中,背戴宝宝是常态,宝宝通常都很满足,哭也就每天几分钟。相对于现代的婴儿常哭上几个小时。哭泣很耗费孩子和父母的精,不断充斥着应激激素还可能造成长期损害婴儿的脑发育。还不如让宝宝把精力花在冷静观察、积极了解他们的环境。尤其是肠绞痛的宝宝依偎在背巾里肯定会平静许多。

 

4. 背戴宝宝让妈妈也健康!

新妈妈想要抽空锻炼身体很不容易,但如果你随身携带你的宝宝绕个大半天,又或者背着宝宝步行,那就等于享受行走和“举重”的双重效益。背着宝宝散步也是帮助疲惫却过度受刺激的孩子入睡的好方法。

近来流行的背戴宝宝练瑜伽、舞蹈,让妈妈健身达到更高境界!

 

5. 幼儿渴望背巾里的安全感。

虽然背巾多用于婴儿,但对于幼儿也是非常有用的。大多数背巾背带都可背戴重达15-20公斤的儿童(3-4岁)。幼儿有时也会对外边的世界感到恐惧胆怯,这时候让他们撤退到背巾里寻找熟悉的安全感。幼儿往往受了过度刺激,短暂的搭在背巾里有助于舒缓和安慰他们,避免闹情绪的场面。另外,在动物园、水族馆或博物馆等地方,背戴孩子能够让他们视线和大人平等,就不会担心坐婴儿车会错过观赏展品了。

 

幼儿在生病或缺乏安全感的时候难免更加依恋父母的怀抱。这时候背戴能够起着抚慰他们的作用。唯有知道父母永远是他们的避风港,孩子才能更加自信、冒险,独立。


6. 背戴婴儿可以帮助你和你的宝宝互相通信。

身为父母的我们越有信心,就越能放松和享受与孩子共处的时光。而父母的信心很大一部分源自于是否能够准确地解读孩子的需要。经常背戴孩子的父母更能精细地了解他的手势和面部表情。许多背戴宝宝的父母发现孩子能够在不哭的情况下也能很有效地传达自己的需要。这种正面的沟通方式让宝宝的学习能力提升,也让父母更加有信心。良性互动的循环增强了父母与孩子之间的情感链接,使大家的生活更为愉快。

背戴宝宝让宝爸也能享受孩子贴身的美妙感受!

7. 背巾可成为父亲、祖父母与宝宝亲近的好工具。

背巾的灵活性让谁都可以背戴宝宝,不再是只有妈妈的专利。一个新爸爸戴着孩子散步,宝宝正在习惯爸爸的声音、心跳、动作和表情,两者锻造与彼此的强烈依恋。爸爸虽然没有十月怀胎,却能通过背戴孩子享受美妙的亲密感。这同样适用于保姆、祖父母和其他看护人。通过背巾拥抱,零距离的接触,了解宝宝也让宝宝去认识你!

 

8. 在背巾里,孩子是安全的。

在拥挤的或危险的地方(马路、集市等),背袋孩子是确保他安全的最好方法。

 

9. 背巾比较经济

背巾成本远远低于婴儿车。很多妈妈认为背巾是他们最有用和最经济的财产之一。相对于婴儿车或摇篮,背巾是个用不坏,而且天天都派得上用场的哄睡神器。

背戴宝宝是最有效的哄睡神器!

 

10. 背戴宝宝的乐趣。

有谁不爱拥抱一个珍贵的小宝宝?而当你的宝宝渐渐成长,在背巾里的他让对话更轻松,让你观察他的反应。宝宝在大人的视线水平,有助于和其他成年人互动。你的孩子会觉得更为你生活的一部分。而当孩子终于长大了,作为父母的我们将如此怀念曾经背戴宝宝的美好……

Credits: Little Frog
你会发现背戴宝宝会是将来回忆里最怀念的感受!

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