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A baby sling is a device used to carry a baby close to his parent. It keeps the parent's hands free for other duties while aiding in the bonding process. The baby sling also enables nursing moms to breast feed while going about other business. Using a baby sling, or "baby wearing" as its proponents refer to it, is most common among parents who practice "attachment parenting," a form of child rearing advocating co-sleeping and extended breast feeding.
Most baby slings are very simple. They're not much more than a long piece of material, sewn or otherwise fastened together to form a circle. The baby sling slips over Mom's head and hangs on one shoulder. The opposite side of the circle creates a pouch which can comfortably and securely hold a small child.
There are several types of baby slings:
Advocates of the baby sling claim many benefits of baby wearing. Carrying a baby close helps with the bonding process and makes for less crying and colic. Parent's hands are kept free for household chores and parents are able to spend more time interacting with their older children. There are also those who claim that wearing a baby for three hours a day can lead to constant back pain, a clingy child, and jealous older siblings.
As with most methods of child rearing, a baby sling isn't for everyone. If baby wearing interests you, do some further research online or at the library to see if it's for you. The most important thing is that your baby be secure and comfortable.
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