Founder of BambooMama, Mel Ashley shares her thoughts on how baby wearing can help you connect to your child and be productive. Her products include child carriers, infant slings and teething rings made from natural fibres sourced through ethical means.
How to be both a hands-on and hands-free parent
Is it possible? Can you juggle a little one whilst being hands-on and hands-free all at the same time? As any mama knows, the little people in your life can be cute and sweet …and sometime, they just want you.
They want their mama & ain’t nothin gonna stop them crying, screaming, pulling, tugging and grabbing YOU until you stop what you are doing – and pick them up. This is where that whole ‘attachment parenting’ philosophy starts to make lots of sense. Let’s get back to the basics, you’re their mama, it’s only natural that they want your touch and to be close to you.
Baby wearing really allows parents to be both hands-on and hands-free at the same time. Whilst being ‘hands-on’ and wearing your baby, you are given the opportunity to connect with your child, both physically and emotionally. Your little one naturally want to be close to your breath, your heartbeat and your love. Women all over the world, from all different countries and cultures have been ‘wearing’ their babies for thousands of years. Attachment parenting is a natural way to keep your baby calm. A baby who is regularly carried cries 43% less than a baby who isn’t.
Sometimes the most simple of tasks you have done a thousand times before, get more complicated with a baby. Taking out the recycling, emptying the compost, online banking, wrapping your partners birthday present and then TRYING to ice the cake… the list could go on.
The grabbing, tugging, pulling and crying of your little one (who, remember, just wants to be close to their mama), all result in; bad handwriting, accidentally clicking ’send’ and birthday cakes that read ‘Hgppy Bjrthday Daggy’!
The biggest convenience about baby wearing is the option of having your ‘hands-free’. You have the ability to get on with all that ‘life’ stuff we have to keep on top of. It can be done with less tears, less stress and less fuss (for you and bub).
If you don’t already carry your baby, give it a shot. It may just revolutionise how you communicate with your child and keep on top of life. Remember, millions of mamas, hundreds of countries for thousands of years…. Baby wearing is a natural instinct for natural living.
Mel Ashley, founder BambooMama