LESS CRYING, MORE SNUGGLING
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.