After the first few months, Baby Wearing: The Art and Science of Carrying Your Baby – Part Three Articles twins are usually too heavy to carry one in each arm. Baby wearing is the solution. Either wear one baby in the baby sling while holding the other in your arms (safer than two babies in arms in case you trip) or have two slings — one for each baby and parent. Besides being convenient for parents, twin wearing allows interaction between babies. As the parents are relating, so are the babies, because they are face-to-face rather than behind each other in a stroller.
Baby Wearing for Medical Benefits
Premature babies. A premature baby, especially one with medical problems needing weeks or months of intensive care, is deprived of those final weeks or months in the womb. Instead, baby must grow in an outside womb. The problem is that outside wombs are static. They don’t move. Research has shown that a premature whose “womb” moves gains weight faster and has fewer stop-breathing (apnea) episodes. Specialists in newborn care have fabricated a variety of moving wombs, such as oscillating water beds.
A group of newborn-care specialists in South America made an ingenious discovery. Some hospitals could not afford incubators and all the technology needed to care for the preemies. They were forced to use the mother. These preemies were wrapped around their mothers in a sling-like wrap, a custom called packing. To everyone’s amazement the babies thrived as well as or even better than the technologically cared-for babies.
The researchers concluded that the close proximity to mother helped the babies to thrive. Being close to mother enticed babies to feed frequently. Mother’s warmth kept the baby warm; mother’s movement calmed the baby, enabling the baby to divert energy from crying to growing. Mother’s breathing movements stimulated baby’s breathing, so that these babies had fewer stop-breathing episodes. Mother acted as sort of a respiratory pacemaker for baby’s breathing.
As soon as a premature baby no longer needs oxygen and intravenous therapy and enters the growing phase, mothers are encouraged to wear their babies as much as possible., the practice called kangaroo care.