The concept of babywearing has gained immense popularity for the numerous benefits it offers both caregivers and infants which means a boom in fantastic resources.
We asked the babywearing community, for the best books that capture the essence of babywearing. Here are some literary gems that the community recommended.
Rosie Knowles, a passionate advocate for babywearing, takes readers on an insightful journey in her book, “Why babywearing matters.” Through a blend of personal anecdotes and scientific research, Knowles explores the profound impact of babywearing on the emotional and physical well-being of both caregivers and babies. This book serves as a valuable guide for those curious about the deeper significance of this age-old practice.
Evidence continues to increase on the practical and emotional benefits of babywearing, both to parents and their children. Among many other benefits, babywearing can help parents bond with a new baby, and facilitate both breastfeeding and the care of the baby’s older siblings. Babywearing also has benefits for society at large. Children are more securely emotionally attached and there is evidence of a link between the reduced incidence of postnatal depression and babywearing.
In this new book, Rosie Knowles explores all these advantages, along with the practicalities of how to babywear and babywearing culture. She demonstrates how a clearer understanding of babywearing, and the attachment parenting philosophy as a whole, can ultimately lead to a happier, healthier society.
Evelin Kirkilionis’s comprehensive guide, “A Baby Wants To Be Carried,” is a go-to resource for parents navigating the world of baby carriers. Filled with practical advice, this book covers everything from choosing the right carrier to understanding the myriad benefits of babywearing. Kirkilionis brings her expertise to the forefront, making this book an essential read for anyone considering or already immersed in the art of babywearing.
Carrying your baby – in a sling, wrap or other carrier – often known as ‘babywearing’, is more than just a convenient means of transport. In A Baby Wants to be Carried author Evelin Kirkilionis explains in detail why babies expect to be carried and respond so well to it – they have been designed for it over millions of years of human evolution. From our hunter-gather ancestors to the present day, when a vast array of baby carriers can be found in stores and on the internet, in some ways little has changed. Held close to the body of a familiar caregiver, babies thrive on the sense of security they feel as they interact – on their own terms – with their surroundings.
Mel Cyrille’s poetic exploration of babywearing in “Clinging Young” adds a touch of artistry to the practice. Through lyrical prose and captivating illustrations, Cyrille paints a vivid picture of the intimacy and connection forged through the act of carrying one’s child. “Clinging Young” is not just a book; it’s a celebration of the symbiotic relationship between parent and child.
This book seeks to bring to life the active clinging concept by detailing some of the ways babies and children are incredibly designed to cling and how their caregivers are adapted to support active carrying. Clinging Young: Science of In-arms Carrying explores areas such as the structural make-up of human adults and their young, links between breastfeeding and carrying, how clinging evolves as babies grow, the frictional properties of our skin and more. There are many fascinating discoveries to be made about how Homo sapiens are incredible “clingers” despite their lack of fur – especially when we factor in bipedalism. As we get to know the human body better we will also learn what the biological baseline for infant carrying looks like as well as what things we may need to be aware of to adapt to our modern-day cultural norms and needs.
In “Beloved Burden,” I.C van Hout takes readers on a global journey, exploring the diverse ways in which babywearing is embraced around the world. Through vivid storytelling and stunning photographs, van Hout captures the cultural richness of this practice, highlighting its universality. This book is a testament to the idea that, no matter where you are, the love shared between parent and child knows no boundaries.
Slings and baby carriers can hardly be called new baby gadgets since they have been used in many cultures around the world for thousands of years. However, in today’s world, they are sometimes perceived as new or very old and in any case not good for your baby’s health. For decades now, we have been taught to believe that holding babies too much spoils them, even though in much of the rest of the world babies are and always have been carried or worn in a sling all day until they could walk. Recent research confirms that carrying infants develops their intelligence and their capacity for trust, affection, intimacy, love, and happiness. Intriguingly, research shows that the countries that are the least violent are the countries where babies are constantly carried or worn on the body of the mother or caregiver.
“Babies Celebrated” by Béatrice Fontanel is a delightful ode to the joyous moments of parenthood, with a special focus on babywearing. Fontanel’s charming prose and whimsical illustrations create a heartwarming narrative that celebrates the everyday magic of carrying your little one. This book is a reminder that in the midst of the challenges of parenting, there are countless moments of pure, unadulterated joy.
Even in these increasingly homogenous times, there is still a remarkable amount of variation in the ways infants are cared for. This work travels the globe to reveal how the babies live in a range of places and cultures. Photographs coupled with interviews with specialists in the various societies, reveal details of life in Sioux, Manchu, Patagonian and many other communities. In five sections covering bathing, clothing, carrying, sleeping and family, this work offers an introduction to child-rearing traditions around the world. The authors have also written Abrams’ “Babies: History, Art, and Folklore”.
As the babywearing community continues to grow, so does the wealth of literature dedicated to this cherished practice.
Whether you’re a seasoned babywearer or just beginning your journey, these books offer a range of perspectives, insights, and practical tips.
Each page turned is a step closer to understanding the profound connection that babywearing fosters, making these books not just reads but cherished companions on the parenting adventure.