Most babies love to be held close, they are comforted and reassured by the contact of another person - the sound of their heartbeat, the gentle movement of their chest as they breathe, and their smell. For a newborn baby, being wrapped is like an extension of being in-utero as it mimics the sensations they experienced. As a baby gets older, wearing them allows them to experience the world from your level, they can watch what you do and interact with them closely. Wearing your toddler or pre-schooler is also a wonderful way of comforting them, as well as being a practical transport method when out and about. Whether you wear your baby only occasionally, or whether it becomes incorporated into your daily life on a much greater scale, babywearing is a wonderful way to meet your child's need for comfort and closeness and include them in your everyday activities.
What are the benefits of woven wraps compared to other types of carriers?
There are many well designed and comfortable carriers on the market (and some that are not optimally designed too), and ultimately, what type you choose comes down to personal preference. Some people like the ease of buckles and straps, others find them uncomfortable, or that they cannot get a good fit. Whilst learning to wrap is a longer learning process than any other method of carrying your baby, it is the most versatile and comfortable. There are many different ways to tie a woven wrap on the front, on the hip or on the back, and unlike other carriers, a wrap can be adjusted to fit the wearer perfectly. Wraps are also versatile when out and about - a wrap can be used as a blanket, a hammock, and kids love to play with them. They fold up small to fit into a bag (especially the shorter length wraps), and wash and dry quickly and easily.