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babywearing research [Nov. 6th, 2007|05:28 pm]
Wearing your baby/toddler
Hello ladies, as some of you might already know I am a senior Cultural Anthropology student at Temple University in Philadelphia and I’m currently interested in studying/researching the ancient practice of babywearing. If at all possible and if any of you have time to write me up a little bio of yourselves and babywearing. I’ve written some questions that might spark up your memories but feel free to write as much or as little as you’d like. As I’ve come to find out many parents believe babywearing to be the ultimate way to bring up a baby. Although this practice isn’t as widely accepted as I previously thought there is a definite following. I’ve written a few questions that might help to bring up some memories of your first days of babywearing.

When did you first hear or see babywearers?
How do you think your parenting techniques differ from the techniques of your stroller using parents?
What are some obvious benefits to the baby?
Would you consider yourself to practice attachment parenting?
How much research have you done on your own previously to babywearing?
Why do you think some new parents might feel intimidated by babywearing?
How do family members or random people on the street look at you while babywearing?
Have you tried all different kinds of slings and wraps? Have you found that different wraps/slings work best for differently for babies of different size?
If you have other children, have you always used baby slings? How does currently using a sling help with daily activities?
Does the baby’s father carry the baby in a sling? How does he feel as far as it not being “masculine” enough? Comments from other dads?
What are some of the first memories of babywearing…such as the first time going out shopping, walking around the city, etc?

Please e-mail responses to TUA57726@temple.edu And if anyone is from the Philadelphia area it would be even more helpful. THANK YOU!!

[User Picture]From: dionysian
2007-11-10 11:18 am (UTC)
I have a 3 month old baby. I am deaf and I find that babywearing helps me stay tuned to my baby's needs for attention without the use of video monitors or flashing light cry signallers. I do not like strollers because I am forever checking in on her in the stroller, stopping and making sure shes not crying/whining, or she is warm, has her paci, or whatever. When she is in the wrap I can do all of those things while moving, and relax knowing I am not missing her cries as I shop, walk, or pursue some of my hobbies such as photography or sewing. Not only that but I do not have to worry about the bulk of a stroller navigating crowds, asking people to please let me by, or bumping into people and having to apologize. Being deaf, I try to minimize extraneous communication with strangers.

I also breastfeed my baby and using a wrap allows me to set her up nursing even as we walk around. I just push her to my hip, low, and lift my shirt. This way I feel that breastfeeding does not slow me down or become an inconvenience as some women may feel. I can discreetly nurse anywhere, and my baby seems to feel very secure knowing she is right next to her food supply, my breasts, when I wear her. She begins to nuzzle my breasts or paw at them when she is genuinely hungry, so this also lets me know she is ready to eat, instead of her crying loudly or fussing.

My girl is actually very independent, she is very happy to be in a bouncy chair or in a swing for long periods. It is mostly for my own needs that I carry her. I dislike the anxiety of having to check on her every few seconds to be sure I am not missing something and also to promote our bond, as I find myself chatting or signing to her more or showing her what I am doing when she is near me. This way she gets attention and stimulation without me taking many blocks of time out to play with her to encourage her development. I can go about my activities and she is highly entertained.
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From: youwontremember
2007-11-10 02:40 pm (UTC)
Hi thanks so much, its very interesting i never thought about how a deaf mom would communicate with her baby. i really appreciate your reply, thanks again!
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