LESS CRY­ING, MORE SNUG­GLING

Calgary Sun - - LIFE - — THE WASH­ING­TON POST

If you want your baby to cry less, try a baby car­rier.

A much-cited study pub­lished in the jour­nal Pe­di­atrics found that baby-wear­ing for three hours a day re­duced in­fant cry­ing sig­nif­i­cantly — 43% over­all and 51% at night.

A more pro­found rea­son to wear a baby, though, might be the bond that it pro­motes be­tween care­giver and child.

Baby­wear­ing In­ter­na­tional, a non­profit group that pro­motes baby-wear­ing through more than 80 chap­ters in the United States, says that baby-wear­ing makes for health­ier pre­ma­ture ba­bies and more-con­fi­dent par­ents.

Baby-wear­ing is ben­e­fi­cial for Dad, as well, adds pe­di­a­tri­cian Lisa Lewis, say­ing it “sup­ports Dad as he de­vel­ops con­fi­dence to care for his new lit­tle one.”

For a lot of par­ents, baby-wear­ing is so com­fort­ing for both par­ties that there’s some nos­tal­gia once those days pass.

At what other time in par­ent­ing can you sim­ply bend your neck to kiss your baby?

“I re­mem­ber trekking in a snow­storm eight months preg­nant with a my 2-yearold son strapped to my back,” says Amy Mor­ri­son, founder of the par­ent­ing site Preg­nant Chicken.

“It’s amaz­ing how much you can ac­com­plish when your kids are teth­ered to you,” she said.

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