International Baby Wearing Week
International Baby Wearing Week is an annual event sponsored by Babywearing International. It’s being celebrated from 2nd – 8th of October every year. Baby Wearing week gives an opportunity to celebrate, educate and believe in the concept of Baby Wearing.
The theme – Threaded Together
This year the theme is Threaded together which derives from the different threads that when tied together formed our lovely baby carriers.
The thread and weaving are the main attractions and have an inner meaning. Threads are woven to create a carrier, same way, all individuals from across the globe come together to form a babywearing community.
This year the event would be even more special, it is about finding out the reasons that make it #ThreadedTogether.
Do you know what is Baby Wearing?
Baby wearing or carrying is actually an ancient practice. These days we have carriers but in the past, clothes, sarees were used to carry babies. Baby wearing makes your hands free and put your baby right close to you, very much connected while you get busy with daily activities. In Baby Wearing Week different communities spread the knowledge and awareness about baby wearing.
Readymade baby carriers are very common these days and are extremely useful. Baby wearing strengths the bonding, supports breastfeeding, eases care giving and helps new moms to get rid of postpartum depression.
If you carry your baby along in the carrier, he/she is secure; they sleep, fed and grow up happily, all so contended. For an instance, a research revealed that 6 weeks old babies when carried cried 43% less than other babies.
There are various types of baby carriers in the market suiting your taste and budget. At present I am using my Toddler full buckle carrier from Soul but i started my journey with non – ergonomic carrier when my girl was small.
Over a period of time i learnt more about baby wearing(Thanks to baby wearing week and different groups) and switched to ergonomic carriers. There is a baby wearing India group on facebook. Join this group to get baby wearing support and guidance. You also get to meet other baby wearing moms here.
The heart is here
The heart of the Babywearing International Week is the resource of the local chapters that offer free meetings, education and support.
The BWI chapters are directed and run by Volunteer Babywearing Educators. These educators bear immense knowledge about various baby carriers and safety related to babywearing.
BabyWearing – The benefits
The list is very long but here are a few:
Babies remain very happy – If you carry your baby, he/she cries less because they get familiar with the secure zone, the touch.
When the baby remains in the carrier, the infant is close to the mother’s breathing, can hear the heartbeat and feel the rhythm. This stimulation helps the baby to improve his/her physical responses.
It has been said that premature babies can have faster weight gain if they get proper touch and warmth of the body, mainly mother’s.
Satisfied parents – Parents feel happy and confident on seeing the baby gaining good health. Holding the baby close is definitely a good thing because you can get used to the baby’s gestures, expressions and movements.
Convenience – A good carrier is always comfortable and convenient. It helps you to keep the hands free and allows you to keep your baby with you while you finish your work.
Know About Ergonomic Carriers This International Baby Wearing Week
Recently most doctors suggest buying an ergonomic baby carrier to avoid arising hip problems in babies. In India, you have to spend somewhere between Rs 1500-7000 but most parents have agreed that it’s a worthy investment. Children tend to become restless in strollers but they enjoy being in carriers. Wearing the baby is excellent, your baby bonds the best.
It’s easy to participate in Baby Wearing Week
You can find a local or even online baby wearing celebration; there are different websites that could help you do so. You can also form a group and register it to become a babywearing celebrating organization.
There are also websites that could assist if you have interest in sponsoring. There is a babywearing community in every country; you need to get in touch with them.
Now since my 2nd one runs here and there i prefer carrying him in a toddler carrier while going to buy vegetables, milk or daily need items. Mom with two kids would agree that how difficult it is to go out with both of them. Baby carrier is a great relief for me. Now i have to focus on only 1 as other other one is already with me. I support international baby wearing week and request other moms to join this noble cause.
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