Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Will I Spoil My Baby If I Carry Her in a Sling?

Question: My friends and family feel that my baby’s going to be too dependent because she’s being worn in a sling a lot.

Answer: Researchers have discovered that a baby who doesn't receive responsive care — one who's rigidly scheduled to "cry it out" and spends a lot of alone time in a crib or playpen — develops a high level of stress hormones. This baby wouldn't be in physiologic balance. On the other hand, an attachment-parented infant is held frequently in the arms of a caregiver responding to the child's needs, and as a result, the infant grows up in a state of hormonal balance. The caregiver actually enhances a baby's physiologic well-being.

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