13 Cuddly Babywearing Activities That Help Bond Parent & Child

Tanvier Peart | Mar 24, 2016 Baby

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The art of babywearing is something that's been around for quite some time. In fact, mothers and fathers alike can't get enough of this bonding experience that allows them to enjoy mobility with a few snuggles -- and oh so cuddly moments. From the infamous Snugli carrier to the woven wraps and slings that are more popular today -- babywearing has definitely gotten more and more popular, and it's easy to see why! 

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Not only does babywearing have some amazing benefits, but there are also some enjoyable activities that extend beyond the obvious things we're able to accomplish with free hands. (Though we must admit -- that is a very, very nice benefit.) Being a new mother doesn't have to mean days spent trapped inside the house; with a babywearing device, a mom and her child can be a part of the world. Which is good for everyone -- mom gets to feel like a person, baby gets a good dose of fresh air. 

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Whether one is a novice or a pro, here are 13 fun babywearing pastimes that also allows moms to bond with baby. Now go out there and take on the world, new mama! 

  • Hit the Town With the Family

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    Clear your schedule, ready your baby carrier, and hit the town with your family. Deena Blumenfeld is a Lamaze-certified childbirth educator who encourages parents to enjoy fun outings with their LO -- and the baby carrier, of course. As Blumenfeld notes, babywearing makes a child feel "safe and comforted." Local outings, like the zoo or museum, aren't just a pastime for grown-ups to enjoy, but also give your son or daughter the ability to learn and see new things from a calm and happy place. "Wearing your baby, regardless of the activity in which you are participating, encourages bonding with them," adds Blumenfeld. So, whatever you do, dear parents, get out and enjoy it with your child.

  • Babywearing Dance Class

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    Babywearing dance classes are becoming more and more popular. Ranging from ballet to Zumba, there are tons of options available that will allow you to take your little one along for the ride.

     

  • Music & Song

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    You don't have to be Adele or a trained musician to bust out a tune from time to time. Keep your baby super close as you sing or play sweet nothings into his or her ear. Not only is it fun for both of you, but Sally Goddard Blythe, director of the Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology, says that singing to pre-verbal infants can actually help prevent language issues later in life.

  • Relive Your Youth

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    Can you remember all the fun times you had on the playground? There's so much to see and do! Granted, your baby is probably too young to venture off on his or her own, but that doesn't mean there's no playdate on the swing or slide in your future.

  • Join a (Babywearing) Mommy Group

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    Looking to make some new mom friends? Join a group. But not just any group -- one that's focused on babywearing. Believe it or not, there are tons of babywearing mom groups around the world that come together for fun events and activities.

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  • Breastfeed

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    Breastfeeding is a wonderful way to bond with your child -- and a baby carrier happens to make nursing even more accessible. As the La Leche League points out, when you're "wearing" your baby, you can more easily feel and respond to his or her hunger cues. Plus, the carrier can shield you if you feel shy nursing in public.

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  • Travel

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    Did you know that babywearing can shape LO's personality and allow him or her to experience the world from your point of view? With travel, you have the chance to enjoy culturally rich opportunities from a whole new perspective. Even if you can't travel far, commit to taking an adventure with your baby. As Dr. Sears points out, "Home to a baby is where mother and father are, and the sling is a constant reminder of baby's 'home.' It makes adaptation to new environments easier and travel more pleasant for the whole family."

  • Read to Your Baby

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    Take an adventure with your baby by way of a page-turning book. Your child will have a front-row seat in the baby carrier to watch all the awesomeness unfold. Read to help LO fall asleep, to promote education (in a fun way), or just because you feel like it.

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  • Meditation

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    Ommmm. Meditation can be a godsend to moms. Not only does it allow you to channel your inner zen, but it also encourages silence -- something we need in an age of social media and constantly checking technology. Spend some quiet time with your baby focusing on nothing but each other. In his book Wherever You Go, There You Are – Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life, writer Jon Kabat-Zinn says that when he meditated with his babies, it helped them to sense "calmness and explore stillness and feelings of acceptance." And, he adds, "...their inner relaxation, which was much greater and purer than mine because their minds were not filled with adult thoughts and worries, helped me to be more calm and relaxed and present."

  • Take a Hike

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    Want to be one with nature? Consider a hiking trip with your child. It doesn't need to be some grand adventure (remember, age-appropriate is the way to go), but it can offer new views -- and the chance to soak in the horizon with your son or daughter. To find a baby-friendly hiking group near you, check out Hike It Baby -- they have over 200 locations around the world.

  • Enjoy the Senses

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    One of the joys you'll have as a parent is teaching your child new things. Encourage sensory play with outings that allow your little one to see and feel new objects. You can literally stop and smell the roses, and use the biggest and smallest opportunities to bond with your baby. As PBS Parents reports, sensory play can be therapeutic for babies and help their development.

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  • Connect With Older Children

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    It's not uncommon for a toddler or an older child to get a little jealous whenever Mom holds the baby. After all, they don't understand LO isn't super mobile and needs some extra attention. If anything (or anyone) disturbs playtime, expect backlash! Babywearing not only allows for free hands, but it also gives the older child the chance to feel more included in the activity. Hopefully, this will prevent any feelings of sadness or favoritism. Plus, baby gets to play, too!

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  • Yoga

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    Did someone say something about an activity that calms the mind? Where do we sign up?! Courtney Gallo is a holistic practitioner and mom of a 4-month-old boy who finds yoga and babywearing to be quite important. "Babywearing is an obvious form of bonding," notes Gallo, an instructor at Fusion Fitness and O2 Yoga. "Being very familiar with the mind-body connection, the mutual feeling of happiness between myself and my baby is clear when he is in the carrier."

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