How to Choose the Ideal Sling
Responding to a child’s cry is an instinctive activity from a caregiver to a vulnerable human being. The sound of such innocent need tugs at the heartstrings of a parent, especially those of the mother who carried and birthed her baby and provokes an intense emotional desire to meet that need. Many adults and older children also feel this urge to respond to an infant’s request for interaction; human contact with other humans is vital to emotional and physical health and is a normal and essential part of development.
Do Slings Create Clingy Children?
Many parents worry that by carrying their baby in a sling, that they are going to create a “clingy child” who won’t be put down. It is disconcerting for a mother who has carried her child frequently from birth to find that he wants to be held much more than his contemporaries, and when the time comes (if it does) for childcare from other individuals, her baby may protest very vigorously and will not allow another adult to look after him.
Your Babywearing Journey
Being born isn’t an easy process (it’s called ‘labour’ for a reason!), but our bodies have some really clever tricks up their sleeves to help make it all easier. It’s all about the hormones! More accurately, one of the most important players is the hormone Oxytocin. The Oxytocin system is triggered during normal childbirth and breastfeeding, and through skin-to-skin and close physical contact. Oxytocin has a wonderful calming effect on the brain; both parent and child will feel safer and more relaxed, blood pressure and other physiological stress-responses fall. The body and mind of both you and your baby learn to associate these positive feelings with being close to each other; the biological basis of this most fundamental and important relationship.