Babywearing & Sling/Carrier Library Dorking

BABYWEARING

 

Babywearing is the practise of wearing or carrying your baby or child in some form of sling/carrier. Babywearing is something that has been practised for centuries long before buggies or prams came along!

Benefits of babywearing include:

• Mothers' oxytocin is increased through physical contact with the infant, leading to a more intimate maternal bond, easier breastfeeding and better care, thus lowering the incidence of postpartum depression and psychosomatic illness in the mother.[2]

• Infants who are carried are calmer because all of their primal/survival needs are met. The caregiver can be seen, heard, smelled, touched, tasted, provide feeding and the motion necessary for continuing neural development, gastrointestinal and respiratory health and to establish balance (inner ear development) and muscle tone is constant.[3]

• Infants are more organized. Parental rhythms (walking, heartbeat, etc.) have balancing and soothing effects on infants.

• Infants are "humanized" earlier by developing socially. Babies are closer to people and can study facial expressions, learn languages faster and be familiar with body language.[4] • Independence is established earlier.[3]

• Attachment between child and caregiver is more secure.[5]

• Decreases risk of positional plagiocephaly ("flat head syndrome") caused by extended time spent in a car seat and by sleeping on the back. Sleeping on the back is recommended to decrease the risk of SIDS. Cranial distortion resulting from non-vehicular time in car seats has shown to be more severe than in children who develop plagiocephaly from back-lying on a mattress.[6]

Studies of parent-child attachment, parental satisfaction and infant crying all point to babywearing as an ideal solution for most parents to provide an optimum environment for attachment between parent and child. Baby carriers and slings help increase the number of hours of day an infant is held, and there is an inverse relationship between the number of hours spend crying and the number of hours a child is held in a given day. Even 3 hours per day of babywearing reduces infant crying significantly, and at 13 months, babies who have been in soft carriers regularly are significantly more likely to be securely attached than babies who are carried in hard carriers.[8]

SLING/CARRIER LIBRARY

There are many different types of slings or carriers on the market these days it can be quite confusing, some are simple wraps and some have clips and buckles. Rather than buying one and it not quite working resigned to the back of the cupboard why not borrow one, two or more from us to see which works best for you and your child.

From newborn to toddler to preschooler - we have a selection or slings or carriers as they are known as part of our branch sling library to loan out so you can try a few different types at low cost before spending money on buying your own at just £5 for 2 week hire.

We are also able to hire out stretchy newborn slings (the caboos & stretchy wraps) for a 4 month hire period for £20, saving you buying one as often stretches are used up to around 4-5mths. Try it for 2wks for £5 or a month for £10 then extend the hire for additional 3 months for £10 

To hire come along to our sling meet held alongside "Milk" our feeding support group held 2nd and 4th tues each month 1-2.30pm at St Pauls Church, Dorking all welcome. If you have any specific slings you wish to try then do email as we only take a selection of the library slings along or they maybe hired out already. Slings.dorking@nct.org.uk

This years dates are:

14th & 28th March (4 wk hire)

 No sling library as Easter (Milk runs as usual) 

 25th April

 9th & 23rd May (3 wk hire)

 13th & 27th June

 1th & 25th July (hire will be 7 wks for £10!)

 None in August

12th & 26th September

10th & 24th October

14th & 28th November

12th December (4 wk hire)

 

We also have discount codes for various retailers online including Sling Heaven where we can get 5% for each order to add to buying more slings for the library! Add code DORKINGNCT to save 10% Click here to visit Sling Heaven

SlumberRoo do an incentive scheme also for libraries we get 10% and you save 10% using code SL10-DORKINGNCT Click here to visit SlumberRoo

As well as others so do get in touch if you have hired and wish to purchase a sling ie connecta, ergo etc

We hold:

  • Ergo 360
  • Boba Stretchy Wrap x 3 
  • Manduca
  • Close Parent Caboo (multiple)
  • Close NCT Caboo (multiple)
  • Babybjorn
  • Lillebaby 
  • Tula Infant 
  • Tula Toddler
  • Connecta Infant x 2
  • Connecta Toddler Solarweave
  • Connecta Preschooler
  • SleepyNico x 2
  • ABC carrier
  • Izmi Baby Carrier x 2
  • Boba 4G
  • Beco Gemini
  • Beco Soleil
  • Beco babywearing fleece vest (great for winter under your own coat)
  • MaducaMaduca 2

Alternatively email slings.dorking@nct.org.uk to arrange a hire, bookings taken ahead for example if you have a holiday or time you wish to use a carrier but do not want to purchase one.

Note the sling library is run by volunteers who are experienced in Babywearing themselves but are not formally trained in any way

There are three main types of safe baby sling:

RING-SLINGS are long pieces of fabric with two rings sewn into one end. The fabric is looped through the rings, like a belt, and worn over one shoulder. Pulling the fabric through the rings adjusts the size of the pouch and makes ring slings the most versatile and speedily adjustable of the four styles. ( eg: Pouchlings; Maya Wrap; Zolowear; Ellaroo etc)

WRAPS are simply very long pieces of fabric ( up to 5m) which are wrapped around the wearer’s body and the baby in a large variety of tying styles.. Usually worn over two shoulders, they are very supportive for heavier babies and can be used for front, back and hip carries. ( eg: Kari-me; Moby wrap – stretchy wraps)(eg: Pouchlings; Diydimos; Ellaroo; Calin Bleu – Woven wraps etc)

ASIAN BABY CARRIERS ABC’s are more traditional looking in that they consist of a rectangular body with straps that go over both shoulders and around the waist. They are then either tied, or fastened with buckles. They are also known as MEI TAIS or “Soft Structured Carriers” if they have buckles. (eg: Connecta; Snugbaby; Rose and Rebellion; Wilkinet; Patapum Etc)

Whichever type of sling you decide on, it is important to be aware of the rules of safe Babywearing practice, and especially safe Newborn Positioning. Here are some important guidelines to remember when wearing an infant:

  • The baby should be held high and tight against your body,(”Close Enough To Kiss”), not slung low around your waist.
  • Ensure that your baby is not curled up tightly in a chin-to-chest position. Upright positions, such as “Tummy-to-Tummy” avoid this problem.
  • Make sure your baby's back is straight and well supported – tighten the fabric if necessary.
  • Monitor your child at all times to make sure nothing is obstructing their face.

For more information on correct positioning, go to: www.thebabywearer.com and on benefits of babywearing go to: www.pouchlings.com/baby-wearing-benefits.html

Written by Angela Mansfield. Pouchlings

References

  1.  Blois, M, MD. (2005). Babywearing: The Benefits and Beauty of This Ancient Tradition. Pharmasoft Publishing. 
  2. "Regulation of anxiety during the postpartum period", Lonstein, Joseph S., Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology, Volume 28, Issues 2-3, August–September 2007, Accessed 2009-05-09 
  3. Morris, D. (1992). What Comforts a Baby? In Babywatching (pp 80-82). New York: Crown Publishers Inc. 
  4. Kitzinger, Sheila. (1989). The Crying Baby. Penguin Books. 
  5. Anisfeld, E., Casper, V., Nozyce, M., & Cunningham, N. (Oct., 1990). Does Infant Carrying Promote Attachment? An Experimental Study of the Effects of Increased Physical Contact on the Development of Attachment. Child Development, Vol. 61, No. 5, 1617-1627. 
  6. Littlefield, Timothy R. "Car Seats, Infant Carriers, and Swings: Their Role in Deformational Plagiocephaly," Journal of Prosthetics & Orthotics 15, no. 3 (2003): 102-106.