Is Babywearing Right For You?

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This week is international babywearing week, and we are loving every minute of it! Although it is already Friday, and the week is nearing its end, we still have plenty of babywearing talk left in us :) . We wanted to point out a few of the great benefits of babywearing and remind parents (mom and dad alike) why their little babes just love to be cuddled so close!

Check out these awesome babywearing facts:

babywearing promotes healthy mental and physically development
Wearing your child in a wrap, sling or carrier will result in beneficial, permanent brain changes, enhancing baby’s IQ, in addition to long term benefits of good health, psychological security and independence

carried babies cry less
Research shows that babies who are carried (either in parents’ arms or in a wrap or carrier) cry LESS. In cultures where babies are carried almost continuously, babies cry much less than those in non-carrying cultures.

babywearing helps you bond with your baby
Babies who are worn in a baby carrier, sling or wrap are significantly more likely to demonstrate a strong and secure attachment to their mothers, according to a study done at Columbia University. Babies who are not held need more verbal interaction and eye contact, just to be reassured that you’re there. Carrying your baby is a great way to connect with him or her (and provide stimulation too). Additionally, your baby is “right there” to enjoy whenever you feel like snuggling or kissing!

babywearing enables caregiver to have hands free
Babywearing enables caregivers to to keep baby close and safe while still having both hands free. Caregivers have the freedom to care for other children and tend to everyday tasks while carrying their baby close to their heart.

babywearing helps prevent “flat-head” syndrome
Studies have shown that nearly 1 in 2 babies in North America will suffer from positional plagiocephaly, or “flat head syndrome” (6). This is believed to be the result of over-using devices such as car seats, swings and bouncy seats, as well as the “Back to Sleep” program which was implemented in the early 90′s. By regularly carrying your baby in a baby carrier, wrap or sling you will avoid the constant pressure that is placed on the back of your baby’s head in these devices, and you will be promoting a healthy and natural head development!

babywearing counts as tummy-time!
Tummy-time is important for your baby’s physical as well as emotional and intellectual development. It helps them learn to hold their head up, grasp at items to help develop motor skills, and observe the world around them (9). But you may have noticed that even though it’s good for your baby, he may not be a huge fan of tummy-time. It’s a serious workout! Wearing your baby in the Baby K’tan or other carriers and wraps will allow your baby to exercise his neck, head and back muscles. You can also hang a small toy from the side of the carrier to help your little one develop his motor skills. But best of all, you’ll find that your baby gets this “babywearing tummy-time” regularly, and you don’t have to schedule it into your day!

In honor of this week, we have donated a whole bunch of Baby K’tan Baby Carriers for giveaways throughout the country! Be sure to take part and don’t miss your chance to win! Here are a few giveaways:
www.naturalmothermagazine.com
www.greenchildmagazine.com
www.thewisebaby.com

Baby K’tan was also featured along with a whole bunch of other awesome carriers, wraps and slings in this month’s issue of Green Child Magazine! Read it here.

And to end with something furn for you to do, take this Babywearing Quiz, created by our friends over at Onya Baby and published in this month’s Green Child Magazine:
Babywearing Quiz

Breeze Carrier Review

We love scanning the internet for stuff… especially stuff about Baby K’tan! We find the most amazing posts and reviews, and we just love seeing what people have to say about our double-loop design carrier.

Just the other day, we stumbled upon this great YouTube video review of the Baby K’tan Breeze Baby Carrier – our half mesh half cotton carrier; designed to be lighter and cooler for outdoor summer and active use. The Breeze offers all the same positions as the original Baby K’tan, and also does not require any wrapping, buckling or tying.

This reviewer did an awesome job of showing the Breeze carrier and how to put it on!

Awesome Review & Giveaway

We just LOVE this video review of the Baby K’tan Baby Carrier! Kathryn describes the K’tan in awesome detail, from how to put it on to how to easily travel with the carrier neatly stored in your diaper bag or in the bottom of your stroller. We especially like the way that she describes placing baby in the carrier – your little one might fuss a bit, but if you stay cool and collected, you’ll rock it :) . Just keep talking to your little one, and after a few seconds they will sink into the carrier comfortably… and probably fall asleep!

Better yet, she is offering a giveaway as well!

Be sure to subscribe to her YouTube channel and follow the easy steps to enter the giveaway. Hurry! It ends 8/31/2013

A Little Bit of All of It

Excellent review of the Baby K’tan Breeze Baby Carrier! The Baby K’tan Breeze is half mesh half cotton and is designed to be a lighter and cooler carrier; great for the summer months or warmer climates! It can be worn in all the same great wearing positions as the original cotton Baby K’tan Baby Carrier without the hassle of wrapping or tying – it is the baby wrap without all the wrapping!

Julia and baby Jude put this carrier to the test and gave it a thumbs up! The Breeze is comfortable and easy to use like the original cotton Baby K’tan Carrier, yet lighter and more breathable.

Stroller Traffic, New Baby Checklist 2013

The Baby K’tan Baby Carrier made the Stroller Traffic New Baby Checklist for Must Have Carriers! See it here.

Stroller Traffic has put together a great checklist of must-have baby items filled with the best baby toys, feeding, bathing, traveling, gear and so much more! We are so thrilled to be included on the list as a recommend baby carriers under Baby Gear and Equipment!

To see all of the the awards that the Baby K’tan Baby Carrier has received go to www.babyktan.com/awards.

Reader’s Choice Awards Winner!

Wow!! Thanks to all of our amazing fans and customers for voting for Baby K’tan and helping us get selected as a winner in the About.com 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards!

We are so thrilled to have won and are honored to be grouped with these other amazing brands!

The About.com Readers' Choice Awards are completely driven by nominations and votes submitted by customers like you. We, as the manufacturer, can't pay for placement in the competition. That means that this award is so much more valuable and we are in the winners' circle because our fans believe in us!