Any soon to be parent knows that welcoming a child into this world needs a lot of preparation. There are rooms to babyproof and furniture to buy, clothes to find and most importantly, learn how to take care of the baby when it arrives. All of this can be very overwhelming. To add to the problem books often provide confusing and conflicting instructions that leave you even more unprepared for the big moment.
Attending a baby show, however, is an easy way to avoid this mess. Caring for a baby requires a tremendous amount of effort, and baby shows can help you make this transition more smoothly.
What is babywearing?
Babywearing is the art of keeping a baby or a toddler close to the parent by use of a variety of baby carriers thus leaving you free to engage in daily activities. Many cultures across the world practice this traditionally, however modern societies have been slow on the uptake. There are multitude of benefits to babywearing. Apart from leaving your hands free, it also promotes bonding between the caregiver and the child, helps in post partum depression and can be a life-saver in case of children with high-needs. Studies indicate that 6 weeks old who were carried cried 43% less than other babies.
How to go about Babywearing?
Even though it looks easy, babywearing can often be a challenge. Depending on the type of carrier you are using, there are different learning curves. It might be a while till you are comfortable in trying it out on your own.There are three main types of carriers available.
A sling is the most basic type of carrier available. It is just a long piece of sturdy cloth that you can wear over one shoulder and across your torso thus creating a nest in which your baby can snuggle. Toddler can also sit in the fabric, like a hip carried seat. However, as you can imagine, it is not easy to tie a fabric securely such that the baby won’t be harmed. A baby show can help you learn the method and also practice it under the watchful guidance of instructors so that neither you nor your baby are ever in danger.
Wraps are usually designed to be wrapped over both shoulders to provide equal support and make it less of a hassle for the caregiver. Like a sling, it is a sturdy fabric that can be used to support the child. Once, again, wrapping it securely about yoourself is not easy to learn without practice. Qualified instructors at baby shows can help you learn the techniques and point out any errors.
Soft Structured Carriers
If you are unsure about navigating your way through a cloth, you can always opt for soft structured harnesses. These are usually padded carriers that can be strapped to your body using belts and buckles.These carriers usually provide more cushioning and hence, are safer for outdoor activities. Baby shows can tell you which vendors are the best to buy from, and also let you use a number of different brands till you find your perfect fit.
The safety and security of your baby must of primary importance. That is why baby shows take extreme care in making expectant parents into the best caregivers possible. Check out your nearest center today to get a comprehensive idea about giving your baby the best possible care.