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As humans, we crave warmth, comfort, and a sense of belonging; as it turns out, this desire is evident immediately after birth. Recent studies show that skin-to-skin contact (and baby wearing) provide a ton of benefits for you and your baby.
Compared with babies who are swaddled or kept in a crib, skin-to-skin babies stay warmer, calmer, cry less, and have healthier blood sugar levels[i].
Babies who experience skin-to-skin breastfeed better. They also continue to keep nursing an average of six weeks longer[ii].
When a mother and her child are skin to skin, the temperature of moms skin adjusts to help regulate her infant’s body temperature[iii]. (ie: Amazingly, mom’s skin will cool, to help bring down a baby’s fever)
The close interaction of skin to skin and baby wearing stimulates brain activity and trains the brain to make new make connections. The more experiences that baby is having, the more connections in the brain. Most brain growth occurs in the 1st year of life – LalaBu
Dads should snuggle, too. Studies show parents who practice skin-to-skin and hold their children close are more relaxed and in tune with their infants needs.[iv].
Skin-to-skin stimulates healthy infant breathing patterns. Studies have found that when a mom exhales, there’s a high concentration of carbon dioxide in the exhaled air, which initiates her infant to take a breath and results in synchronized breathing[v].
When full skin-to-skin contact isn’t feasible, baby wearing is a great alternative. It’s like a full body hug that promotes closeness, stimulates the release of oxytocin, boost attachment, and happiness for parent and child. –LatchPal by Happy Fig
Skin-to-Skin and baby wearing is natural. Why not give it a try?!