CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, October 10 (PIA) – With the theme, “Threaded Together,” the Modern Nanays of Mindanao (MNM) spearheaded the region’s celebration of the International Babywearing Week (IBW) 2017 with 147 participants all over northern Mindanao on October 7, here.
The inspiration for the theme comes from the many different threads that when combined through the weaving process, form all of the carriers that many families use nowadays. All of the individual threads, once woven, create a material in the same way individuals and groups worldwide come together to create a global babywearing community.
With babywearing, Lucille Lapinid of MNM said that babies develop a sense of security and trust when they are attached to their caregivers. The act also helps in babies’ regulation of temperature, breathing and growth.
Lapinid also shared that babywearing parents are more confident and mobile as they can easily address the needs of their babies. Thus, worn babies cry less and are in a quiet alert state, which is the ideal state of learning. Babywearing also strengthens and improves both the parent and the baby’s core muscles and posture.
For her part, Nadine Casiño, founder of MNM, stresses the common babywearing errors such as the front face carry, which has no proper leg support and all weight is supported in baby’s most sensitive place, and the use of narrow-based carrier that could eventually cause hip dysplasia among babies.
Casiño also cited the misconceptions on babywearing saying that carrying a baby could not spoil him or her since birth to 1.5 years is where a child develops feelings of trust versus mistrust. Hence, if needs are met consistently, infants will develop secure attachment and will learn to trust the environment.
The MNM also stressed that babywearing could not cause bow-leggedness since such condition is pathologic and could not be caused by physical strain.
“Babies are naturally bowlegged because of the position in the womb,” Casiño said.
As for the statement, “It is tiring for a child to be in a carrier all day,” Casiño shared that a mother’s chest is the best place for the child to be. Being in a carrier means that the baby has immediate reach to everything that he or she needs such as food, warmth, movement and touch.
Different types of carriers and local sellers of such were also highlighted during the event through the IBW Library.
The IBW is a week-long opportunity to celebrate, promote, advocate for and focus media attention on the many benefits of babywearing.(RTP/PIA10)