Happy International Babywearing Week!
There is a reason so many mothers in other parts of our world wear their babies, whether it's tied to their back, or wrapped tightly around their waist or stomach. The reason, is simple: wearing your baby not only makes motherhood easier for countless reasons, it also recreates a perfect womb like environment that helps babies develop and grow in their fourth trimester as they adjust to the world around them in the least stressful way.
Seeing as there are already many articles and top ten lists on the benefits of baby wearing... I've decided in lieu of making yet another list, I would pull together my favorite quotes on baby wearing and combine them with my own sweet memories of carrying my daughter snugly on my chest.
So here they are... and we are styling our super soft bamboo Beluga Baby wrap. (All the heart eyes!!)
"Human infants are the most dependent of all creatures and for the longest amount of time. We would not have survived as a species if cave mothers had put their offspring in another part of the cave at night or left them for long periods of time during the day.
We may have the means to separate ourselves from our young, but biologically, we weren't meant to and it still upsets the baby and the mother."
- Alice Bolster.
"Building a bond that will last a lifetime."
"We can't cuddle our babies in our arms all day long - we have to go places, clean, eat, and so on. But babywearing means we can get on with life and still hold our babies where they are happiest."
- Brooke Maree
"The more the child feels attached to the mother, the more secure he is in his acceptance of himself and the rest of the world. The more love he gets, the more he is capable of giving. Attachment is central to the developing child as eating and breathing."
-Robert Shaw, M.D.
"A child may not know what direction he is going, but when he is attached to you, he doesn't feel lost."
- Gordon Neufeld
Photos by AK Photography Oahu