International Babywearing Week Celebrates the Benefits of Safe Babywearing

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Babywearing International, Inc. is leading nonprofit organizations all around the world to celebrate the third annual International Babywearing Week, which will be held from October 6-12, 2010. This year's theme is Safe Babywearing: Enjoy the Benefits.

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International Babywearing Week is a great opportunity to bring awareness to the benefits of babywearing, and to focus on teaching how to wear babies safely.

Babywearing International, Inc. is leading nonprofit organizations all around the world in celebration of the third annual International Babywearing Week, which will be held from October 6-12, 2010.

International Babywearing Week is an opportunity to help focus the world's attention on “babywearing,” a term coined by pediatrician and author Dr. William Sears and his wife Martha Sears. Babywearing simply means carrying a baby or young child on one’s body using a cloth baby carrier. Not only does babywearing allow parents to have both hands free while carrying their children, but research is also shedding light on how this practice has numerous benefits for children and their caregivers.

A study published in the journal Pediatrics in 1986 found that 6-week-old babies carried at least three hours a day in a soft carrier cried and fussed 43 percent less than others overall, and 51 percent less in the evening hours. Another study, published in the journal Child Development in 1990, found that mothers who were given cloth carriers at birth were more responsive to their babies and had babies who were more securely attached than mothers who received plastic infant seats.

“International Babywearing Week is a great opportunity to bring awareness to the benefits of babywearing, and to focus on teaching how to wear babies safely,” explained Glenda Criss, president of Babywearing International, Inc., the nonprofit organization that initiated the week-long celebration.

“There are a variety of comfortable and safe ways to wear a baby,” Criss said. “This year's theme is 'Safe Babywearing: Enjoy the Benefits.' There are many benefits to both caregiver and child when babywearing is done safely. Some easy to remember rules for obtaining a safe carry include selecting a carrier that can mimic an in-arms carry, and ensuring that baby’s face is always visible and kissable. Parents should think of babywearing as a skill rather than a product they can buy. They can learn this skill from experienced babywearers like the Volunteer Babywearing Educators of Babywearing International, or from other babywearing groups around the world.”

The theme, "Safe Babywearing: Enjoy the Benefits" is being celebrated by groups around the world with activities such as carrier safety checks, babywearing walks, fashion shows, photography exhibits, and babywearing workshops to raise awareness of the benefits of safely wearing infants and small children.

At the international level, presenting sponsors Babywearing International, Inc., and TheBabywearer.com are coordinating the International Babywearing Week awards to recognize excellence in babywearing advocacy and education. International Babywearing Week is supported by funding from presenting sponsor ERGObaby Inc. and ErgoBabyEU, and general sponsor DIDYMOS Erika Hoffmann GmbH.

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