Baby wrapping class
Saturday, March 24th from 4 – 5:30 pm at MoonLight Zen
Expert baby wrapper, Torey Pickard is teaching us how to wrap our pregnant and postpartum bellies, plus our littlest babies, too. Torey’s instructions are better than any Youtube video you can find. You’ll feel like a goddess with these wrapping skills. For the pregnant mamas, we’re gonna learn how to wrap our bellies to give some support, then everyone will learn a postpartum belly wrap and newborn baby wrap.
Bring your own wrap or practice with one of her beautiful woven wraps. Pay at the door on Saturday. Space is limited.
Benefits of babywearing
Studies have shown that babywearing has many benefits for both the littles and the bigs. Babies and parents alike find benefits from the carrying lifestyle.
Babywearing empowers parents
One of the biggest babywearing benefits is that it makes it easier to be a good parent. It improves the emotional well-being of the parent, which then gives the baby a happier, healthier parent. Baby wins!
Wrapping helps empower new parents:
- confidence in parenting abilities
- strengthening the connection between parent and baby
- stress reduction with easy and quick accessibility to meet baby’s needs
- two free hands to tend to other tasks, children
- a maintained sense of separate identity
Babywearing is good for babies physically. According to Dr. Eckhard Bonnet in a 1998 article published on Didymos, a baby wrap or sling holds a baby’s body in a comfortable, correct position, much as the womb carries a fetus before birth. An upright position actually massages the organs in your baby’s abdomen. This simple posture promotes healthy digestion and even gives opportunity to build those muscles to keep them upright.
Babywearing encourages healthy mental and emotional development. Since in-arms parenting meets your baby’s needs for warmth, comfort, and access to breastfeeding, babies cry less and spend more time in a quiet, alert state. Babies who are carried often cry less. A 1986 randomized, controlled study by Hunziker and Barr showed that carrying an infant 2 additional hours per day reduced crying overall by 43%, or one entire hour.
Being carried, they’re better able to learn about their environment and develop both mentally and socially. Literally everyone wins from eye-level interactions with others instead of being looked down. How much more does a baby win by such closeness.
Babywearing makes parenting easier. A wrapped baby gives you two free hands to do whatever you need or want to do. After a while of both of you getting used to it, you’ll soon amaze yourself with how much you’ll be able to do while breastfeeding your wrapped baby. Feeding, kissing, and napping can all be done in a wrap.
Babywearing allows you to bond with your baby and learn to meet your child’s needs more quickly. It also helps parents who may be suffering from depression to nurture their babies with less effort. Preemies and sick infants also grow and heal faster when worn, especially when they’re together skin-to-skin with a parent. Studies show that oxytocin, the love hormone, is released with physical loving contact, whether it’s a hug, a hand hold, or a wrapped baby
Skin-to-skin contact promotes the release of oxytocin. Imagine your baby gripping your finger or laying a cheek against your chest. Heart swoon. This is oxytocin.
Skin-to-skin touch, called Kangaroo Care, is commonly used as for premature babies but is beneficial for people of all ages who need healing.