Moderate ExposureA baby has not yet had time to get used to the environment and the world at large. When going hiking, the baby is likely to experience many new things at the same time. The baby will experience different kinds of sounds, different smells, the sun, the wind in his /her face, and many more new experiences. With a baby carrier, the baby is likely to feel safe experiencing all these new things while snuggled in the safety and protection of the carer’s body. This limited and moderated kind of exposure makes the baby adjust to the outside environment well.
Less CryingWith a baby snuggled up against you, it is much easier to tell when they are uncomfortable. Discomfort can start when they have bowel movements, when they are urinating, or when there’s a change in body temperature. Most times, you will only think of changing your baby’s diaper when you hear him/her cry. But with such close contact, the body’s movements and noises emitted, or even facial expressions, can tell you that the baby is going through some discomfort. If you are able to take care of the underlying problem when you notice these signs, you will find that at the end of the day, the baby will have cried much less.
SafetyHiking is a relatively safe pastime. However, the danger of losing your balance and falling down are greatly increased if your hands are full carrying your baby. Wearing your baby makes it much safer to walk with them. Not only is it safer for you, but safer for the baby too. Your free hands will give you greater balance and ward off any dangers like flying debris.
BondingMothers are more likely to have bonding opportunities with their babies right from the time of birth, partly due to the daily feeding. Fathers on the other hand, rarely get to spend quality time in close proximity with their babies. Hiking provides the dad an opportunity to bond with the whole family while baby-wearing makes it even easier to bond with the newest addition to the family.
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