What is a sling?
Slings are carrying apparatus parents use to strap babies to their bodies and carry them around. They come in many styles, shapes and sizes and are designed for different ages and purposes. They have been used in many cultures for generations, let’s see why.
When babies are born, they go from a warm protected environment in their Mother’s womb, to the cold, bright outside world.
This is quite a transition and instinctively babies feel safest in their Mother’s arms. The warmth, the smell, the sound of their mother’s heartbeat and breathing, the gentle cradling touch. Research has shown that babies who are picked up and held more, are less stressed, cry less, have better brain development and grow up to be more secure children. With this is mind, there are many benefits to holding your baby as much as possible.
This isn’t always easy, as there’s not much you can do while carrying a baby. Slings give you a hands free option, so you can get on with life while keeping your baby happy and protected.
It’s important that you get the right advice with slings as you need to use them correctly. Buying the right sling for you can be difficult if you’ve never used one before. Recently, sling libraries have begun to crop up. These are local drop in sessions, giving advice and demonstrations on the different slings. It gives you a chance to try before you buy.
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