Why Babywearing Makes Sense for Most Moms

Have you ever wished you had octopus arms? Juggling baby, dog, diaper bag, vacuum, two-year-old, and whatever else you have in your life can be completely overwhelming! While I don’t know anyone who has come up with tentacles for parents yet, I do have a solution for the baby part: babywearing.

While the idea of “wearing” your baby may sound pretty strange lexically, it is one of the most helpful and most timeless methods of keeping your baby close and safe, and having your hands free for other tasks. People have been wearing their babies in various fashions for centuries all over the world! Why is babywearing so prolific? It works.

So, you may ask, what exactly are the benefits of babywearing?

First and foremost, it allows you to be hands-free! This makes all of your daily tasks much easier. While you’re wearing your baby, you can sweep the floor, prepare a sandwich (however, it is a good idea to avoid using a hot stove while wearing your baby), play with older children, use your wallet, type… all while having your baby close. Caregivers do a very good job at learning how to do things one-handed, but think of all the things you could do if you happened to have two hands again!

Bonding and soothing: babies thrive off of close contact with loving caregivers. Wearing your baby is a wonderful way to be close and cuddle. Also, some babies just don’t want to be put down! If your baby is fussy, colicky, tired, or just in need of some closeness, wearing your baby is a wonderful way to achieve that without feeling chained to your house or your favorite armchair.

Babywearing helps your baby regulate his or her functions and keeps the germs away! According to Dr. Sears, babywearing can help regulate your baby’s body temperature, breathing, and “regular parental rhythms.” Kangaroo care, or skin-to-skin wearing of premature babies, is growing rapidly in popularity as its benefits are becoming more and more apparent. For preemies and older babies alike, there is little better than being close, visible, and kissable. Also, as family-visiting season approaches this summer, you may cringe at the idea of your baby being passed around and everyone touching his or her precious little hands…that go right into the mouth. If you are experiencing a time when you would prefer to have your baby out of others’ hands, what better way to do so than by attaching him or her to you?

Finally, once you get the hang of it, babywearing is easy. Babywearing means not having to bring (or, goodness knows, fold) your stroller on public transportation. It means not having to push a stroller down unshoveled or poorly paved sidewalks. It means being able to carry baby and simultaneously perform household tasks. It means taking the stairs, a much easier time going through airport security, and even eliminating the need for a double stroller for an older toddler with baby. Carriers fold up small, are light and easy to travel with, and, let’s face it: they minimize the need for octopus arms.

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11 Incredible Facts About Babies and Toddlers

It’s so time-consuming and overwhelming to be a parent, many of us never discover some of the amazing things going on in the first few years of our child’s life!


  • By the time your child reaches his or her third birthday, their little mind will have developed around 1,000 trillion connections between the brain cells. A single brain cell can connect with as many as 15,000 other cells! Yet, by the time they graduate high school, trillions of those connections will be lost as adults – the developing child’s brain keeps the connections that are most used.

  • Infants up to 6 months old whose heads are submerged in water have the instinct to hold their breath. At the same time, their heart rates slow, helping them to conserve oxygen. This survival response actually can keep accidentally submerged babies alive longer than adults would be able to survive underwater!

  • The average two year old child is more active than at any other point in his or her life. It’s okay to feel exhausted with a two year old! It also helps explain how quickly they can hit the bed at naptime or become overtired.

  • By the time we reach adulthood, we may only add a new word to our vocabulary during training at a job, while reading a recipe, or by watching pop culture (recall how quickly “twerking” or “selfie” entered our vocab?). But the average two year old will add three to five new words daily to their vocabulary!

  • A newborn baby is able to focus his or her vision best on objects that are only 8 to 12 inches away.

  • At 12 months, babies are typically ambidextrous – they use both hands equally well. Sometime between ages 2 and 3, toddlers will start to show a preference on which hand they more frequently use. Only about 10% of children will favor the left.

  • Toddler hearing is better than adults can hear. Toddler ears are so new and sensitive, they can hear very high frequencies that adults cannot. Also, this explains why a loudness threshhold may be different if your young child covers his ears when a loud truck roars by, when a fireworks display booms, or if a loud dog barks. For the same reason, headphones aren’t great for toddler ears – toddlers shouldn’t listen to loud, prolonged noise; and headphones on higher volume settings do just that.

  • Up to 1 out of 20 children will have a febrile seizure; and it most frequently occurs in ages 6 months to 3 years. For parents who have never seen or heard of this, it is a scary-looking episode where a rapid onset of high fever sends a child’s body into a seizure, usually for 1 to 3 minutes. The baby or toddler usually loses consciousness and shakes. A febrile seizure is not related to epilepsy and does not usually have any long-term harmful impact.

  • In just the first 12 months, a baby weighs around 3 times their birth weight! Between ages 1 to 2 years, the average toddler will only gain about five pounds.

  • Want a child with perfect pitch? Professional musicians who demonstrate the skill of “pitch perfect” hearing (i.e., hearing the proper note without a tuning fork) almost always had started musical training before age 7.

  • By 9-months of age, a baby can start to determine between “more” and “less”. This type of “counting” has been shown in studies where babies are able to show a preference for a larger amount of various objects.

15 Ways to Help Raise a Smarter Baby

Every parent wants a smart baby to grow into a smart toddler, preschooler, and school-aged child! While some of the smarts comes from how the genes came together in your baby, there are many easy ways for all parents to help that little brain develop in all sorts of wonderful directions.

We list 15 ways that you can help interact with, talk with, and play with your baby to nurture that budding mind; from newborn and into infancy. Many of these ideas can be integrated as you go about your day without too much effort, so why not give them a try? And for the suggestions that take more of your effort, we think all moms and dads will enjoy and cherish the activities with their babies.

Reading to babyMost important! Read to baby.
It’s never too early to read to your child. Babies love nursery rhymes and poems with an up- and-down singsong tempo. There will be those days when your own brain needs more than 10 words on a page. It’s still beneficial to read your favorite magazine or book aloud to baby, just make the words sound melodious and flowing for your baby’s ears.

Address baby by name.
Even though an infant may not associate the name with himself/herself until later on in the first year, making sure you say it frequently will help trigger a mental association that this is a “special sound” heard before. Using baby’s name will also indicate that more fun sounds or activity will follow.

Make eye contact.
Those early brief moments that a newborn’s eyes are open – look right into them! Young babies can recognize faces — and a parent’s is the most important. Every time you let your baby stare at you for as long as she/he wants, you’re helping build that memory.

Make faces and stick out your tongue.
Research indicates that very young infants may try to imitate very simple facial movements. It’s easy for you, but it’s the first attempts at complex problem solving for a baby!

Bring out the mirror.
Let your baby look in a mirror. Eventually, it will be a game to make the “other” baby move arms, legs, and make faces.

What’s wrong with this picture?
Print out two very similar pictures or photographs, where only one element is different (e.g., two pictures of daddy in the same settin, but he’s wearing a different hat in each). Young babies will take the time to look at both pictures over and over – potentially trying to figure out what is different. This can help with visual acuity and building the “mental muscles” for reading later on.

Make an obstacle course in your home.
Help develop motor skills and problem solving by making a physical challenge using couch cushions, pillows, chairs, boxes, or toys on the floor and then showing your baby how to crawl over, under, and around the obstacles.

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Be a tour operator.
When you take your baby on walks in a carrier, sling, or stroller; continuously narrate what you’re seeing – remember that the mundane to you is a new discover to your baby! Your commentary can be, “That garbage truck is loud when it dumps out the garbage cans!” or “Some dogs are little and some dogs are big.” or “Those are beautiful pink flowers.”

Street gambling games.
Get three empty plastic containers (e.g., cleaned out food containers). Hide one of your baby’s toys under one of them, move the containers around, and see how adept your baby is at finding the toy. Keep practicing to help your baby learn cause-and-effect and strengthen his/her observation!

Dad and babyTalk talk talk listen.
Talk all the time to your baby, but be sure to leave pauses of silence for your baby to respond. Your goal is to help baby pick up on the rhythm of conversation and fill in the pauses with his/her own babble.

Announce your intentions.
As much as you can, tell your baby that you’re about to do something before you do it, like “I’m going to open the refrigerator.” This helps nurture cause-and-effect reasoning as your baby grows.

Tickle Me Baby.
Laughter is the very first and natural step to develop a sense of humor. Repetitive, predictable games such as This Little Piggy teaches your child to anticipate events.

Breast-feed if possible.
It’s now known that school-age children who were breast-fed as infants test higher on IQ tests later. Breastfeeding and/or bottle-feeding a perfect time to bond with your infant.

Be a climbing structure!
Lay on the floor, and just let your baby climb, explore, and crawl all over you. You’ll help boost her coordination and problem-solving skills; aside from just plain fun!

Be the musician you were meant to be.
Some researchers indicate that singing has a greater affect on an infant’s brain than words without music. It’s your chance to be the American Idol in your own home, with a captive audience! Pick songs that you know by heart, and make it a regular routine – with particular moves, swings, sways at the same time in each song. Babies love familiar songs, and predictable events. Those little minds thrive on repitition.

2014 Britax Affinity – a new premium stroller for parents

The 2014 Britax Affinity is a top-performing stroller with premium materials, all the popular features that moms want, and add-on accessories to perfectly outfit your ride.

The Affinity is where safety meets style. The Britax Affinity stroller’s clean lines makes sure every detail has been precisely planned.

2014 Britax Affinity features

  • Frame available in silver, black, or white to make the style statement that fits your fashion
  • Height-adjustable handle providing comfort and ease when walking
  • Four-wheel suspension for smoother ride
  • Reversing seat with recline
  • Air-filled rear tires for better handling
  • Larger rear tires to help with rough terrain
  • Lightweight aluminum frame
  • Optional color kits include seat liner, sun canopy, harness pads, and basket liner
  • Included adapters for Britax B-Safe
  • Easy fold with automatic fold lock

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