Earth Hugger

 

 

 

The Art of Baby Wearing

 

Babies need a lot of attention and there’s a great way you can have your baby with your all day, hands free. Imagine being able to cook, clean, shop, and play with your other children all while you baby is safely snuggled up against you. Well you can do that and more with the art of baby wearing.

Most people have seen the large backpack carriers that used to be very popular, but babies can now be worn in lots of different positions using several kinds of popular carriers.

There are many different types of carriers that you can get. The kind of carrier you want depends on how you want to carry your baby. There are tons of different choices; so research before you decide which kind you want.

Being worn in a sling is good for your baby. Here are just a few benefits your baby gains by being worn during the day:

• Most babies cry less when they’re being worn; up to 50% less. This is
because they’re always close to mom. They’re also constantly getting new
images to process and understand, so they’re less bored.

 

• The constantly changing stimuli when being carried help stimulate your
baby’s brain and promote neural development.

• Babies who are worn by their moms tend to form a stronger bond with her;
this is because they always feel safe and secure near her.

• Being able to feel mom’s heart beat and body functioning helps the baby’s
biorhythms develop faster. This means they get on a schedule faster and
easier

Baby wearing is not only great for your baby; it’s great for you too.

 

• Wearing your child gives you the comfort of having them there with the convenience of being able to use both your arms.

• With a baby sling, you can breastfeed your child without using your hands.

• You don’t have to haul around and annoying stroller or car seat when you’re out.

• You get a great weight-bearing workout from carrying the extra weight.

• Being with your baby all the time helps you learn their normal cues. Then
you can anticipate when they’ll need to be fed, changed, or cuddled.

While baby slings and carriers are considered safe for you and your child,
there are some precautions you should take.

• If you carry the baby on your hip or to one side, change sides and
directions regularly so you don’t cause yourself back and hip problems.

• Make sure you’re using a carrier or sling that is appropriate for the age
of your child and the way you carry them.

• Practice with a doll, teddy bear, before you start carrying your child.
This will help you learn to watch their head and to take other precautions
to keep them from being injured.

• Don’t wear your baby while in the car; they should be in an appropriate
car seat.

If done safely and properly, wearing you baby in a sling or carrier can be a
great way to bond with them, comfort them, and get all your chores done all
at the same time.




Please subscribe to my monthly newsletter,  The Earth Hugger. It tells you each month about new information that I have added to the site, as well as reviews of the latest, greatest green products.

Email

Name


Then

Don't worry -- your e-mail address is totally secure.
I promise to use it only to send you Earth-Hugger.

Please subscribe to my Earth-Hugger Mini-Blog. This RSS feed is a small blog about green living, which will also let you know whenever any new or changed Web pages appear on Earth-Hugger.com. It keeps you up-to-date with other special postings and points out some of our special past articles that you might otherwise miss. Just click on the RSS Icon button on the left to subscribe.


 

 


 

Articles: Natural Parenting

Raising Eco-Friendly Kids

It seems today’s society is becoming totally apathetic to the world around them. Many children in particular are more concerned with playing the latest video game and don’t really pay much attention to the environment around them. It may seem hard to get your children to show an interest in the world around them, but you can get them to care if you start early and take small steps. You may not make a difference overnight, but you may just make a difference in the future of the planet.

Natural Teething Remedies

Teething can be a horrible time for babies. Not only does a new tooth cause pain and discomfort for your little one, it also can be scary to have something new growing inside their mouth. While there are lots of products on the market, such as baby Tylenol and teething gels, these products can be dangerous for your child. Before you go shopping at the pharmacy aisle, try some of these natural remedies to stop teething pain.

Baby Sign Language

One of the newest trends in parenting is baby sign language. People in the deaf community have known for years that babies could communicate through sign long before their vocal cords allow them to speak, but the trend didn’t really catch on because of the false assumption that signing led to later verbal language development. We now know that not only does signing not keep a baby from talking; it actually helps them to start talking sooner and have better language skills.

Advantages of Cloth Diapering

It used to be diapering was such a hassle; mothers had no choice but to use cloth diapers, clumsy pins, and annoying covers. Then they invented disposable diapers and most mothers thought it was a miracle. Now, about 80% of diapered babies use disposable diapers. But are plastic diapers really better? Before you go grab a pack of Pampers, catch up on some of the advantages of cloth diapering.

How to Make Homemade Diaper Wipes

Like most disposable baby products, diaper wipes can be expensive. They also contain unnatural chemicals that may harm your baby. Instead of spending all that money, why not make your own, natural, safe homemade diaper wipes in just a few minutes?

How to Choose the Right Cloth Diapers

When we were kids, our moms had one choice for cloth diapers. It involved folding, pins, plastic covers, and a lot of frustration. Many of us have simply switched to disposable diapers because they’re more convenient. Well, most cloth diapers today are not only convenient, they’re also more attractive and sometimes work better than disposable. The key to using and sticking with cloth diapers is choosing the one that works best for you. Here are some of the cloth diaper options on the market.

Baby Wearing

Babies need a lot of attention and there’s a great way you can have your baby with your all day, hands free. Imagine being able to cook, clean, shop, and play with your other children all while you baby is safely snuggled up against you. Well you can do that and more with the art of baby wearing.

Breastfeeding in Public

Most mothers know that breastfeeding is the most natural and healthy option for their baby. The problem is that nowadays mothers need to work, shop, take their other children places, and do a thousand other things; it’s hard to always be in a private area when your baby is hungry. Social norms make many women feel wrong feeding their children in public areas, but don’t let this stop you.

Breastfeeding Benefits

We live in a bottle feeding society. Many mother’s not only find bottle feeding more convenient, they have also been led to believe that feeding formula is somehow better for them and their baby. This information is flat out wrong. The benefits of breastfeeding for you and your baby generally far outweigh any risks or problems you may face.
 

Co-Sleeping with Toddlers

Many parents who co-sleep with their infants worry about keeping them in a family bed too long. You probably have worries about your child becoming too attached or that a toddler will affect your marital relationship. Many families continue to co-sleep with their older children, who grow up to become healthy and well adjusted. Just as with infants, co-sleeping makes a child feel safe and loved.

Co-Sleeping with Infants

In our modern culture, many people wouldn’t even consider sleeping in the same bed as their baby, but the practice of co-sleeping has gone on for thousands of years in many parts of the world. Co-sleeping with your child helps you form better bonds and feel closer to them, helps them feel safer, and has even been shown to improve a child’s self esteem and more satisfaction with life when they get older. While many organizations claim co-sleeping is unsafe, there are precautions you can take to sleep safely with your child.

Natural Childbirth

While terribly painful, many times natural childbirth is the best option for having a healthy delivery. It also makes sure that you will be lucid and ready to see and hold you baby once they are born. While most women plan on having a natural birth, many tend to change their minds when the pain gets too bad. If you really want to have a natural childbirth, but aren’t sure you’ll stick with it; try these methods to help you prepare for your labor.

Attachment Parenting

There are a lot of different philosophies out there about how to raise your children. One of more popular parenting philosophies that’s been publicized in the past few years is attachment parenting. Many people don’t understand exactly what it is. Attachment parenting is when the parents try to form a close, special bond with their children. This strong relationship with their parents is said to help a child develop strong, healthy, secure relationships in the future.

 







 

© 2006-2008 All Rights Reserved

Earth-Hugger.com

powered by sbi