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Babywearing Benefits: Why Do You Need a Baby Carrier?

If there’s one thing you should definitely buy to prepare for your new baby, it’s a baby carrier!  Carrying your baby in a baby carrier (or babywearing) has so many benefits for both you and your baby.  Being in the arms or the carrier of a loving caregiver is the best place for baby!  Using a baby carrier to hold and snuggle your baby is a wonderful way to meet baby’s needs and offers many benefits to both you and baby!

Benefits for Baby:

Benefits for Parents and Caregivers:

Make sure to put a baby carrier on your registry! It’s a wonderful parenting tool and has many benefits for both baby and you!  <3

Further Reading:

Choosing a Baby Carrier
Guide to Buying a Woven Wrap

Kangaroo Care Basics
Using your Baby Carrier as a Tool for Kangaroo Care
How to Use Your Carrier

References:

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4 – Feldman, R., Weller, A., Sirota, L., & Eidelman, A. I. (2002). Skin-to-skin contact (kangaroo care) promotes self-regulation in premature infants: Sleep-wake cyclicity, arousal modulation, and sustained exploration. Developmental Psychology, 38(2), 194-207.
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