May 11th, 2011
This photo gallery is a reminder from Mother Nature -that babywearing is the most natural thing in the world!
Animals parents manage to carry their babies in some pretty amazing (and adorable!) ways – all without the use of slings, strollers, baby backpacks – or even opposable thumbs!
It should be obvious that babies benefit mentally, physically and socially from spending time in baby carriers – riding in close contact with their parents’ bodies, balancing, bonding, and learning. And research bears this out – children raised with a baby carrier cry less often, are better socialized, and more secure.
There can be no doubt that babywearing makes sense – it’s found throughout nature because it works! Almost all of our closest relatives – the apes and monkeys – are baby carriers, as are many other mammals. And baby carrying is even found in unexpected parents, like spiders and frogs. The bottom line: babywearing is not a fad – it’s an ancient practice that transcends humanity. Get on board!