For hundreds of years women have been wearing their babies out of convenience and protection. They have used elaborate fabrics and occasionally bed sheets to wrap their babies around their bodies.
Although baby wearing has been widely used in continents such as Africa and Asia, it has only recently gained widespread acceptance in Western countries. Now corporations have developed a variety of baby slings to accommodate women who wish to keep their babies close.
Some doctors advise in favor of baby wearing, because they have found it helps babies to develop healthy birth weights. In addition, some people proclaim the benefits of baby slings, because they help women exercise more often without worrying about their babies.
For example, according to Dr. Sears, the pediatrician who coined the term baby wearing, carrying a baby close helps babies to cry less often and to learn faster, because they are not devoting their energy to calming themselves.
Usually, baby slings consist of a fabric wrap that a woman ties around herself and places her baby in a pouch created by her wrap. Not only do these wraps free up a mother’s hands to carry other items, but they also minimize the strain of carry a baby’s weight on a her back and her hips.
Most baby slings come in three variations. The first variation is a full cloth that the mother ties securely around her body. Other slings include a metal ring, which is used to secure the baby sling across the mother’s shoulder with a ring that rests diagonally.
Other slings include buckles that allow a baby to be carried in sling shaped like a harness. The more expensive baby slings are made of materials that consist of Egyptian cotton and silk. Some popular baby slings on the market include: the Moby, the Wrap ‘n Wear, the Maya Wrap, the Mei Tai Wrap, and the Ergo Baby Carrier.
The Moby: ($40 – $70)
The Moby is one of the most popular baby slings on the market, maybe because it is the least expensive in price. For one way of using a Moby, a mother wraps a long piece of cotton fabric around her waist and shoulders to resemble a kimono style or a Star Wars Jedi-like appearance.
Since the Moby uses a mother’s back and shoulders, the Moby offers various ways of securing a baby. Further, a mother can nurse her baby in public inconspicuously.
The Wrap ‘n Wear: ($50)
Similar to the Moby, the Wrap ‘n Wear is tied around a mother’s shoulders and back for additional support. The difference is that the Wrap ‘n Wear includes crinkle cotton with more fashionable patterns, and a suggestion that it can be used for babies up to 45lbs.
The Maya Wrap: ($66 – $95)
The Maya Warp is another popular baby sling on the market. It consists of wrapping fabric around one shoulder creating a diagonal shoulder sling secured with a metal ring similar to the old fashioned belts.
Like the Moby, the Maya Wrap uses cotton fabric and provides a discreet way to conceal breastfeeding. However, the difference is that the Maya does not evenly distribute the weight of the baby on the mother or father’s body, which can limit the amount of time that the sling is used.
The Mei Tai Wrap: ($84 – $117)
Mei Tai wraps originated in Asian countries. Unlike the Moby or the Maya Wrap, the Mei Tai wrap is designed with a thin rectangle shape of material with three straps to be tied around the neck, waist, and just above the rib cage. The baby rests in this sling in a pouch position.
The Ergo Baby Carrier: ($105 – $148)
In contrast to all other baby slings, the Ergo Baby Carrier is the form of a backpack, similar to a kangaroo pouch. The Ergo goes above a baby’s shoulders and across a mother or father’s shoulders. It has a back pocket with a zipper that a mother or father can place different items.
Most baby slings advertise that they can be used until the baby is almost 3 years old. Mothers should know that the way the baby slings are positioned changes based on the weight of the baby. Older babies are supposed to be placed with their feet outside of the carriers, or positioned on the mother’s back or hips.
Overall, baby slings make a great gift for expectant mothers. With a small amount of practice, mothers and fathers can reap the benefits of helping babies feel closer to them mothers without interrupting their normal routines.
http://www.ergobabycarrier.com/- Ergo Baby Carrier
http://www.meitaibaby.com – Mei Tai Wraps