By Dr. Nina Shapiro
Infant carriers, be they sacks, slings or ‘bjorns’, are wonderful ways to keep a baby close to your body, whether you are mom, dad, or loving caregiver. The physical closeness that these carriers provide allows a baby to feel similar to to how he felt in the womb – even if it is not mom who’s carrying him. Babies feel the warmth of the body, and curled up in a position similar to how they were when they were born, and they also feel the rhythmic up and down or side to side movement that lulled them to slumber for nine glorious months. For these reasons many infants have fantastic naps in these carriers. The added bonus is that the person doing the carrying can have two hands (and legs) free to do just about anything, feed another child, feed themselves, go for a stroll, do household errands, or even sit down and read this article.