The role of the future mother is critical not only during pregnancy but also in the first three months of age when the newborn baby gets used to our world. We are now officially calling this period the fourth trimester. Even at this time, the mother is the absolute centerpiece of a baby's life. In the womb, the baby was warm, food and sleep when she wanted, because of the tight environment she felt safe and the mother's physical processes played in his ear like the most enjoyable music. But suddenly he is out in the cold, where he has to fight for food (sucking is very physically demanding), sleeping and living in a large open space that his eyes are not yet accustomed to. He does not see around him, losing his sense of security and safety. Sharp street sounds or jingling dishes are unknown and scary. The newborn responds to this environment by crying, collars, staring puppies, and throwing hands, looking for the uterine boundary in which he was safe. The first three months are critical to the healthy development of your child's psychosocial development. And if you have failed pregnancy or childbirth, now you have a chance to fix it.
Wraping is one of the methods that can help you. And still have your hands free! Babies pressed against the chest benefit better both psychomotor and mentally. According to the results of a Japanese survey published on Psychology Today, having a baby has a great impact on his psychosocial development. The study has shown that babies automatically quiet and calm as they are raised into their arms. Children are neurobiologically programmed to stop crying when they are embraced. It is a coordinated set of brain, motor and heart responses controlled by the brain. Thus, these reactions are very old and self-possessed. Outside the child calms down, but much more inside - the heart rate slows down, the body fixes and stops moving. This is the reason why babies worn in the wrap are quiet and fall into sleep very quickly.
The close tethering of babies also has long-term psychological impacts. Since wearing is "in its infancy" yet, we do not have studies that could confirm the rumors that babies worn in the wrap will be stronger personalities who do not need to "regrow" or show dependence on others. The old school method, which recommended that the baby be allowed to cry at bedtime, contributed to the development of neurotic individuals with low self-esteem and fear of loneliness. Thus, dressing promises the development of strong personalities who know their value, with the ability to make their own choices and to define clearly what is most important to them, instead of adopting formulas from people who are afraid to lose.
The physiological effects of wearing include, for example, a gentle adaptation to the new world in which the baby comes. A newborn baby hanging in a wrap hears the breath and heartbeat of the mother, as well as the movement she still knows from her belly. The limited space in the wrap reminds him of his belly and allows him to calm down. Studies have shown that wearing a baby in a wrap reduces the amount of adrenaline, the stress hormone, in his blood. Baby is more calm and relaxes.
The wrap further strengthens the cardiac activity, thus contributing to the blood supply to the organism and especially to the lungs, thus supplying the baby with oxygen. Last but not least, wearing encourages digestion, so babies suffering from colic will find relief in the wrap.
There are many concerns about the motoric development of the baby, especially his musculoskeletal system. However, in worn children, hip joints develop faster and a group of muscles called ilio-psoas is strengthened. These are the muscles leading from the lower limbs to the abdomen and are responsible for the upright posture.
We must also not forget that the child sees more of the stretcher than of the carriage. This develops his curiosity and ability to learn new things. There are also rumors as to whether scarifying can affect a child's higher intelligence in adulthood.
Even today, we find opponents wearing a baby wrap who are at risk of negatives for both the baby and the wearer, but for which there is no evidence. Conversely, many of the world-renowned studies agree that worn children are generally calmer, more relaxed and content. So far, we can only argue about the impact on their adult personality, but even here positive expectations prevail.
And what are your experiences? We are happy to read them in the comments.
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Wrap Your Baby. (12. 2. 2013). Baby Babywearing - Traditional Baby Carriers. Taken from https://wrapyourbaby.com/cultural-babywearing/.