Coronavirus & Babywearing

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By Brooke Maree

You’d have to be living under a rock to have escaped all the information around coronavirus and all the precautionary efforts being put in place to deal with it. 

Luckily, babywearing can help keep your baby close while you hunt down toilet paper at the shops and race to get it when it magically appears, and thankfully it can do a whole stack more in preventing germs from coming into contact with your precious baby too. 

Here are some benefits to using a baby carrier/sling/wrap to keep your baby healthy: 

  • No need to use a shopping trolley where hands, and likely mouths, are going to come into contact with said trolley and objects around trolley.
  • When carried close, strangers are less likely to irresistibly touch your baby as they marvel at their cuteness (but be careful, it can still happen in a carrier #annoying ).
  • If you’re breastfeeding, kissing your baby’s head, like you often do whilst in a carrier, will mean that you pick up anything they’ve been in contact with in their environment and your milk will adapt to help fight that – mumma milk magic!  
  • When babies are content and aren’t wasting energy on crying, their bodies can use that energy to grow and heal optimally  (cortisol, the stress hormone, circulating around the body isn’t a friend of the immune system).

Carrying your baby close is likely to lessen the chances of them coming into contact with germs and viruses that their delicate systems can’t yet handle. 

And if your baby does get unwell, carried close is again the perfect place to monitor them, regulate their temperature and their breathing, and help keep them calm. 


Originally published here.

Brooke Maree is a Babywearing Educator and mother of two based in Brisbane, Australia. She is passionate about parents finding joy and confidence in their roles by using a baby carrier or sling to make their lives easier. An expert in her field, she provides educational blogs, video tutorials, a monthly podcast, private consultations, and is soon launching an online program. Find out more about her services at www.brookemaree.com.au.

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