4 Reasons Why Babywearing Dance Is Here To Stay
Babywearing dance may be a relatively new phenomenon, but we’re certain that it’s something that’s only going to grow in popularity.
Take a look online, on TV, in magazines and in your neighbourhoods, you’ll find it becoming more and more common. From viral videos to flash-mobs to local classes, everyone’s doing it. It’s the easy, fun, active and joyful way to bond with baby.
Here are our four reasons why we think babywearing dance is here to stay:
We all dance
We all do it, whether wearing baby or not. We tap our toes, swing our hips and move about rhythmically when we hear music. Sometimes we do it consciously, but most often, we do it without realising it. Music moves us.
The same thing happens when you’re wearing your baby. You’ll probably find you consciously or unconsciously hold your baby’s hands, gently kiss their head, wrap your arms around them for deep cuddles, sway your body, tap your toes or shuffle about when you hear music. Dancing, movement and rhythm are part of us and we pass it on to our little one.
Maybe you do it to help calm a stressful moment with your baby, or you do it to play and engage with them, either way you’re connecting, caring and reinforcing attachment with your baby.
No extra equipment needed
You don’t need to buy any extra equipment to enjoy dancing with your baby. If you can pick up your baby or carry them in a sling or carrier, you’ve got everything you need to enjoy the physical closeness and joyful communication that is dancing.
It’s important to remember, however, that no matter what way you enjoy dancing with your baby, safety has to come first. From making sure your baby’s head and neck are fully supported at all times to remembering the of babywearing, safety first.
You’re important too. Don’t over exert, watch your back, and if you’re dancing with a carrier or sling, remember to choose the right size and type suitable for your activities so you can prevent lower back pain as well as shoulder or neck injuries.
It’s good for us
Babywearing dance has benefits for both wearer and baby that span the physical body and the soul. Keeping active, no matter how you do it, gives you confidence, plenty of endorphins and can help boost self–esteem, not to mention keeping you fit.
For baby, what’s better than introducing them to music, rhythm and movement through a loving dance? Family health professionals, paediatricians, physiotherapist, psychologists and babywearing experts alike all know that there are plenty of benefits for baby; from helping to sooth colic, and create better sleep, it also solidifies connections between wearer and baby, creating joyful parenting moments and a nurturing touch.
It’s important however that you never see babywearing dance as means to “losing baby weight” or calorie burning. If you only treat wearing your baby as extra weight for a cardio session or practice fast and bouncy movements, you could be putting both you and your baby at risk of overheating, overstimulation, and in extreme situations, shaken baby syndrome. So, to keep safe, remember that baby is the main focus of your dance so keep it slow, gentle and smooth; not fast, bouncy and extreme.
Babies learn from what they see, so if they see you being safe, active and happy, they’ll mimic your good moves. Wear your baby comfortably and safely, practice smooth and gentle moves with a low level of music, keep your heart open and receptive and you’ll find lasting joy for both of you!
International Babywearing Dance Day
With the first International day recognising babywearing dance scheduled for 21 September 2016, you know it’s no fad!
The number of babywearing dance practitioners is growing every day. With the help of JISBD and all of our wonderful Joimovers, we can increase the reach of this joyful practice, ensuring it reaches more hearts and souls, creating a happier, healthier world.
What do you think, are there other signs babywearing dance is here to stay? What would your top four reasons be?