Baby Wearing and YOGA
Luckily for mums across the globe, ‘wearing their babies’ in a wrap or sling has returned to be a common practice. With so many different styles and colors, any new mum or dad will find the best fit for them and baby, but why wear your baby at all?
With attachment parenting becoming more mainstream, and the multiple benefits of cognitive development for babies who receive more nurturing with the touch, more and more mums are learning about the benefits of wearing your baby. In case you haven’t heard all about these benefits, check out the ones we’ve listed below.
Babies that are held more, cry less. A randomized controlled test reported in Pediatrics showed that carrying babies reduces crying and fussiness 43% during the day and 51% at night.
Carried babies are primed for learning. Carrying a baby promotes cognitive development and speech development, since babies are exposed to more experiences and conversations.
Touching, and therefore holding your baby stimulates her growth hormone production.
Babywearing increases a baby’s circulation and promotes respiration.
Babywearing helps digestion and eases colic. A baby’s tummy is massaged through the act of babywearing which also promotes bowel movement. The acupressure points that aid digestion and sleep, are located on the belly and on the lower insides of the thighs. These points are automatically massaged through baby wearing.
One of the most practical benefit as a Yoga teacher I found when carrying my own baby, is to be able to work out with rather than seeing the child as an obstacle to my own fitness/ healthy lifestyle. You can try to find a way to integrate him or her into your workouts when you can by wearing the baby/ toddler at the next Yoga Retreats class on 16th March at 136.1 Yoga Studio in Marina.
This practice is beneficial for a few reasons:
- You will have more time to work out. Instead of blacking out the time when the kids are around as “no workout time,” you can add that time to an already existing exercise regimen.
- Exercise is good for your kids, too. Exercising with your child and throwing in a bit of play can help him or her develop motor skills from a young age.
- It’s great for bonding. Playing and exercising with your kids can help instill a sense of comraderie and fun. This doesn’t just go for older children, either. You can learn a lot about a baby’s personality by crawling around on the ground for a while.
We look forward to meeting the new mums and seeing our regular mums wearing their own babies while practicing.