One of the most expensive purchases you are likely to make for your baby is a pram. While prams are very useful for travel, you should know that being carried in your arms or a sling or carrier, instead of pushed in a pram is really good for your baby! There are many reasons for this:
- Firstly, when carrying your baby you are stimulating the vestibular system with movement. The three-dimensional movement of your body provides input to this system, which activates muscle tone and balance reactions and in the long-term results in better motor development.
- Secondly, the vestibular system is useful for calming babies and by holding, rocking and carrying your baby you can soothe him when he is fractious or irritable.
- Thirdly, babies love close proximity to their parents and this is very beneficial on an emotional level. When your baby is in your arms, he will feel secure and will be closer to you so you can quickly pick up on his signals. Responding to your baby’s demands reinforces that his needs are important, contributing to a secure little one. From your arms, your little one can gauge your reaction to new situations and learns about human interaction too.
You can see how wonderfully beneficial carrying your baby is. It is worth investing in a sling or upright carrier for convenience and to give you a free hand when carrying your little one.