Babywearing is simply the art of using soft materials to carry babies and toddlers. Throughout history, and around the world, different methods of carrying have been used. What they all have in common are the benefits of keeping baby close while continuing to have arms free for other activities.
There are many reasons to use a carrier to carry your baby. Babies like to be held, and while it may be nice to cuddle it can also make it hard to do other things, like cooking, eating or chasing other children.
A good carrier can mean that you don’t have to use a pram or pusher on an outing, allowing you to take your child all sorts of inaccessible places. It can also be for convenience, it is often much quicker to put a baby in a sling when picking older children up from creche or school, or when running into the shops for a carton of milk, than it would be to use a pram.
Wearing a baby might be for health reasons, there is evidence that premature babies thrive on touch, and kangaroo care is much easier with a carrier. A child with reflux is also likely to benefit from being held in an upright position as this puts less pressure on the digestive system.
Wearing can also help to create a bond between baby and caregiver, so can be especially helpful for mothers suffering from post-natal depression, or adoptive parents. And especially, you should wear your baby because it is fun.