January is a funny month – on one hand full of optimism and plans for the future, and on the other cold and dark and often dreary. If you’ve been spurred on by the start of the new year to pursue a healthier lifestyle you may be finding your motivation starting to slip, but have you thought about how wearing your baby might be the key to achieving your wellness goals, both mentally and physically?
On an emotional level, both you and your baby can benefit enormously from regular use of your carrier. The closeness releases lots of magic oxytocin, like one long cuddle, and as well as calming your baby’s mood can help to ease any anxiety you might be feeling too.
By making it easier to get out and about, babywearing can be instrumental in reducing isolation too – a real concern for new parents, especially at this time of year when getting out into the fresh air might not be so appealing.
When you do venture out, though, there is so much to be gained from it. Even winter sun helps to boost vitamin D levels which can have a real impact on your mood, and fresh air itself can help to reinvigorate you and blow those cobwebs away. Going out for a stroll means you get the physical boost that exercise gives as well – and if you are wearing your baby (or your toddler, or your preschooler) then you will get an extra workout from the weight you’re carrying.
It’s not just you that benefits physically from babywearing: by being carried in a sling rather than sitting in a pushchair your child will be constantly making little adjustments as you walk, building their core strength. The fact that they are up at your level too makes it more likely that you will talk to them, helping to build your attachment and boost their language skills without even having to try.
There is of course also the wonderful community that babywearing brings for you – both online and in the ‘real world’ through sling meets and sling libraries, which can be ideal places to meet like-minded parents who can help support you as you power into 2017.
Do you find that babywearing boosts your wellbeing at this time of year? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
If you would like some advice on how to wear your baby safely in cold weather then please check out our recent post here.
And if your wintry adventures lead you to some special Connecta moments then we would love to hear about them for our new blog series! Find out more here.