Introduction: Welcome to Dance with Babies: The Babywearing Dance Book!
This book will introduce you to some of the wonderful benefits of dancing with your baby and the ways in which you can gently and joyfully add this practise to your daily life. We wrote this book as a means of welcoming our readers to the world of babywearing dance and movement. In it you will find information on many different aspects of active babywearing, including specific health and bonding benefits. You will also find detailed health and safety information that we have gathered over the years to help individuals wear and dance safely with a baby in a carrier or sling.
You might be thinking, I’ve never worn a baby before. Is this book for me? Yes! We can help you learn all about babywearing and active babywearing. That is our goal! Find out about what goes into finding the right carrier for both you and your baby. Learn how to move and dance with your baby. Discover why we love dancing with our babies and why mothers, fathers, and caregivers all around the world are joining this loving movement.
Of course, we also want our readers who are experienced babywearers to enjoy our book. You might say, I know my baby is safe in his or her carrier and we already do gentle moves at home as a part of our sleep routine. That is fantastic! We believe that within this book you will find lots of ideas and joyful approaches to family dancing in this book. Safety is a high priority for us — it has to be — but we also want to instruct and encourage babywearers of all experience levels to get moving in fun, safe, caring ways and to know what to expect from a safe babywearing dance experience.
The information you will find in this book is the culmination of:
- 30 years combined formal dance training and teaching
- 20 years combined medical training and practice
- 15 years combined babywearing and attachment parenting expertise
- 2675 attendees at Joimove Babies classes worldwide (and growing!)
Through Joimove, we have worked with experts in a range of relevant fields and have gathered advice on topics that are both directly and tangentially related to babywearing. One person could not be expected to be an expert in all of these areas; that is why Joimove and the Joimove International School’s (JIS) Babywearing Dance and Movement Safety Program reaches out to experts in each of these areas for advice. We were excited to engage with professionals to make the babywearing dance world a safer place; as a result we have developed an internationally recognised babywearing dance programme, Joimove Babies, the Babywearing Dance and Movement Safety Library, and a depth of information and expertise that is unparalleled in the field.
That is why we wrote this book!
We want to get this information out there to help parents bond with their children, to help babywearing dance instructors grow in their knowledge and confidence, and bring enjoyment to your life. We hope that by the end of this book we will have helped you to make great choices in babywearing and babywearing dance for a future of safe, fun, active bonding for you and your loved ones.
Dance with Babies®: The Babywearing Dance Book
Copyright © 2018 Paula Dumas and Selen Yilmaz
Published by Move by Selen Yilmaz Ltd.
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