Monday, February 16, 2009

I heart babywearing

I bought ring sling from SassyMummy a few weeks ago. Pemakaiannya sgt senang tp aku menghadapi kesukaran utk babywearing Batrisyia. Dia tak boleh nak bersabar bila aku cuba adjust kain tu. Aku tak pernah babywearing Batrisyia dgn RS tu masa jalan-jalan kat luar. Aku pun kurang sabar bila dia mula menangis everytime aku cuba guna RS.

Therefore, I searched for other option. According to Jess Peekarobaby, pouch merupakan jenis yg paling sesuai utk sesapa yg nak cuba babywearing their babies for a first time. Takde ring, takde tali whatsoever. Hanya perlu sarungkan pouch di badan, masukkan baby dlm tu dan korang dah bersedia utk berjalan-jalan.

Aku searched lagi. Kali nie cuba mencari pouch yg paling bagus. I found one! Tak tau la paling bagus ke tak tapi pouch nie mendapat pujian ramai. It's from Littlepods. Jenama Malaysia. Ku berkenan dgn warna chocolate. Jatuh cinta kali pertama memandangnya. Warna merah pun cantik tp rasa mcm akan mendapat perhatian sgt bila pakai.

Last Saturday, kami ke Baby Jaya di Ampang Waterfront utk beli pouch nie. Ok gak kedai tu. Mcm-mcm ada. Sadly, pouch size M berwarna chocolate sudah habis! Yang tinggal warna merah. Aku cuba dulu pouch yg mmg mereka dah sediakan. Yer la, mane la tau Batrisyia reject lak. Aku bwk dia jalan-jalan satu kedai. Alhamdulillah, dia senyap je. Pekerja kat kedai tu agak surprise bila Batrisyia tak menangis. Diorg kata, budak yg dtg cuba mesti menangis sbb tak biasa. I guess she just loves it. Maka, aku pun beli la pouch itu.

Kami ke Jusco utk beli tudung. Sgt seronok sbb tak perlu lg nak keluarkan stroller yg besar itu. Tak perlu nak susah-susah naik lift (susah sbb parking kat lift area tu sgt susah nak dpt). Parking je mana-mana dan kami boleh terus gunakan escalator. Tak perlu nak risaukan baby jatuh ke hape sbb I'm babywearing my baby!

Masa masuk kedai tudung tu, semua pekerja mengerumuni aku sbb nak tgk Batrisyia kat dalam. Batrisyia maintain senyap. Hehehe. Masa jalan-jalan kat sana, ada jugak mata memandang tp takde la yg nampak mcm mengata aku, "Hish, minah ni mcm minah Indon lak buat camtu". Ahaks, diorg nampak okay je.


Dlm Baby Room lepas breastfeed Batrisyia.



Sweet nye dia senyum!

Cuma masa aku kat Tesco, ada seorang minah Indon nie. Dia keje kat Sinma. Aku saja masuk tgk-tgk. Dia dtg kat aku, nak layan la. Tiba-tiba dia ckp, "Waduh! Ku ingat kau bawak beg. Rupanya budak. Kenapa dibuat begitu?". Aku senyum dan terus blah. Ceh, tempat ko tak ramai org buat camtu ke? Pelik aku.

Ada sesetengah orang berpendapat, babywearing ni menyerupai perempuan Indonesia yg suka mengendong anak mereka dgn cara begitu. Kenapa bila ada kena mengena dgn Indon je, benda tu jadi buruk? I think apa yg diorg amalkan tu sgt bagus!

Ada byk kebaikan bila amalkan babywearing. These taken from WIkipedia.

1) Mothers' progesterone (mothering hormone) is increased through physical contact with the infant, leading to a more intimate maternal bond, easier breastfeeding and better care, thus lowering the incidence of postpartum depression and psychosomatic illness

2) Infants who are carried are calmer because all of their primal/survival needs are met. The caregiver can be seen, heard, smelled, touched, tasted, provide feeding and the motion necessary for continuing neural development, gastrointestinal and respiratory health and to establish balance (inner ear development) and muscle tone is constant

3) Infants are more organized. Parental rhythms (walking, heartbeat, etc.) have balancing and soothing effects on infants.

4) Infants are "humanized" earlier by developing socially. Babies are closer to people and can study facial expressions, learn languages faster and be familiar with body language

5) Attachment between child and caregiver is more secure

Ada byk lagi. Boleh search kat Internet kalau nak tau.

Satu artikel tentang stroller pernah keluar di The Star. Walaupun stroller sgt bagus sbb senang nak bwk baby and letak mcm-mcm barang, ia mempunyai keburukan yg tersembunyi. Menurut pakar, stroller terutama yg jenis front-facing akan menyebabkan anak merasa terasing dan hilang keyakinan diri. Mereka akan rasa kurang selamat dan takut kerana rasa berjauhan dari ibu bapanya. Ibu bapa juga akan kurang berinteraksi dgn si anak sbb si anak menghadap ke hadapan.

Stroller juga tak boleh digunakan di semua tempat. Ada seorang kakak nie, pernah kena marah masa naik komuter gara-gara dia bwk anak dia dlm stroller. Kalau babywearing, kan senang. Pernah tak nampak ibu bapa bwk stroller melalui escalator? Selalu kan? Baik nak naik ke tingkat atas mahu pun turun ke tingkat bawah. Bukankah itu boleh membahayakan si anak. Kalau tak pun, si ibu terpaksa dukung si anak while ayahnya angkut stroller semata-mata nak guna escalator. Yer la, bkn semua tempat anak lift!

I heart babywearing! Mmg lepas ni jarang la aku guna stroller. Even hubby pun terfikir nak dptkan satu pouch utk dia. Sampai terbawak dlm mimpi tau.

Got this from Internet.

10 REASONS TO WEAR YOUR BABY

1. Wearing a baby is convenient.
When we carry a baby in a sling, we can walk around freely and not have to worry about negotiating steps, crowds or narrow aisles with a stroller. Plastic "baby buckets" and removable car seats are heavy and awkward for parents, babies often look uncomfortable, and they are kept at knee level. A sling can block out excess stimuli when breastfeeding a distractible baby, and it allows for discreet nursing in public places. A sling can also double as a changing pad, blanket, or cushion when away from home. I've found my sling especially handy when negotiating busy airports with a small child and several bags!

2. Wearing a baby promotes physical development.
When a baby rides in a sling attached to his mother, he is in tune with the rhythm of her breathing, the sound of her heartbeat, and the movements his mother makes – walking, bending, and reaching. This stimulation helps him to regulate his own physical responses, and exercises his vestibular system, which controls balance. The sling is in essence a "transitional womb" for the new baby, who has not yet learned to control his bodily functions and movements. Research has shown that premature babies who are touched and held gain weight faster and are healthier than babies who are not. Mechanical swings and other holding devices do not provide these same benefits.

3. Babies worn in slings are happier.
Studies have shown that the more babies are held, the less they cry and fuss. In indigenous cultures where baby-wearing is the norm, babies often cry for only a few minutes a day – in contrast to Western babies, who often cry for hours each day. Crying is exhausting for both the baby and his parents, and may cause long-term damage as the baby's developing brain is continually flooded with stress hormones. Babies who do not need to spend their energy on crying are calmly observing and actively learning about their environment. Baby-wearing is especially useful for colicky babies, who are far happier being worn, but placid, content babies and children will also benefit greatly from the warmth and security of being held close.

4. Baby-wearing is healthy for you!
It can be challenging for new mothers to find time to exercise, but if you carry your baby around with you most of the day or go for a brisk walk with your baby in her sling, you will enjoy the dual benefits of walking and "weightlifting". A long walk in the sling is also an excellent way to help a tired but over-stimulated child fall asleep. Toddlers appreciate the security of the sling.

Slings are usually associated with infants, but they can be very useful for toddlers as well; most slings accommodate children up to 35 or 40 pounds. The world can be a scary place for toddlers, who feel more confident when they can retreat to the security of the sling when they need to do so. Toddlers often become over-stimulated, and a ride in the sling helps to soothe and comfort them before (or after!) a "melt-down" occurs. It can be very helpful in places like the zoo, aquarium, or museum, where a small child in a stroller would miss many of the exhibits.

6. Baby-wearing helps you and your baby to communicate with each other.
The more confidence we have in our parenting, the more we can relax and enjoy our children. A large part of feeling confident as a parent is the ability to read our baby's cues successfully. When we hold our baby close in a sling, we become finely attuned to his gestures and facial expressions. Many baby-wearing parents report that they have never learned to distinguish their baby's cries – because their babies are able to communicate effectively without crying! Every time a baby is able to let us know that she is hungry, bored or wet without having to cry, her trust in us is increased, her learning is enhanced, and our own confidence is reinforced. This cycle of positive interaction enhances the mutual attachment between parent and child, and makes life more enjoyable for everyone.

7. Slings are a bonding tool for fathers, grandparents, and other caregivers.
Slings are a useful tool for every adult in a baby's life. It makes me smile when I see a new father going for a walk with his baby in a sling. The baby is becoming used to his voice, heartbeat, movements and facial expressions, and the two are forging a strong attachment of their own. Fathers don't have the automatic head-start on bonding that comes with gestation, but that doesn't mean they can't make up for this once their baby is born. The same goes for babysitters, grandparents and all other caregivers. Cuddling up close in the sling is a wonderful way to get to know the baby in your life, and for the baby to get to know you!

8. Slings are a safe place for a child to be.
Instead of running loose in crowded or dangerous places, a child in a sling is held safe and secure right next to your body. Slings also provide emotional safety when needed, so that children can venture into the world and become independent at their own pace.

9. Slings are economical.
Slings cost far less than strollers, front-carriers or backpacks. Many mothers consider the sling to be one of their most useful and economical possessions. Inexpensive used slings can be found in consignment and thrift stores, and new ones can be bought for about $25 -$50 (U.S.) - not bad for an item many parents use daily for two years or more! A sling can also be sewn for the price of a length of cotton, some rings and batting; sling patterns are available.

10. Baby-wearing is fun.
Who doesn't love to cuddle a precious little baby? And when your baby is older, having her in the sling makes conversations easier and allows you to observe her reactions to the wonders of the world around her. It's also fun for baby, because when she is up at eye level, other adults notice and interact with her more. Your child will feel more a part of your life when she is in her sling, and you will find yourself becoming more and more enchanted with this special little person.

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precious innocent said...

batrisyia nampak selesa dlm tu.. kalau x, xkan dia senyum mcm tu kan...

akak jugak yg x lepas nak babywearing ryan nie.. huhu

-mama emma-

azurerin said...

bagus babywearing ni..

aku start suka tgk lepas tgk x-ofismate aku..
dia mmg sangat2 suka babywearing..

pendapat aku..
sok2 ada anak nnti..
aku rasa akan carik pouch style dari yg RS..aku rasa yakin sket dgn pouch..(walaupun belum pernah cuba..cuma dari pembacaan dan tgk gmbr jer)lagipun boleh jugak pakai samapai baby besar sket..tp style lain laa plak..

Liz said...

kak emma > knp akak tak lps babywearing ryan? dia taknak eh? hehe, takpe la. at least, dah mencuba kan?

anak sy tidur dlm tu dr saya kat Jusco. Then, masuk keta. Pergi Tesco lak. Sampai rumah, baru dia terjaga. syok kot dlm tu!

ezura> yer, aku pun yakin sikit dgn pouch berbanding rs. rs nie mcm buat aku takut baby jatuh. xtau la knp. tp pouch mmg senang la weih. pakai n masuk ke anak ko dlm tu. takyah nak adjust.

precious innocent said...

ryan x brp selesa... ye la, dah akak diy, mmg la x selesa.. kekeke

nak try mei tai, hubi akak lak x brp nak approve...

dia takut sbb kaki budak dok tkangkang je..

-mama emma-

Liz said...

kak emma> akak diy? wah, rajinnya! mei tai pun nmpk ok. mmg nmpk kaki agak terkangkang tp taktau la ok ke tak kalau camtu.

kalau tgk blk, kalau pakai rs atau pouch, buat hip carry pun, kaki budak terkangkang jugak kan?

aritu sy buat hip carry kat anak buah. maknye menegur sbb kaki anak dia terkangkang. skali my MIL (merangkap mak akak tu sndr) ckp, "Mmg la kaki tu kena kangkang. Kalau tak, camne pulak?". Hehehe.. seb baik ada org backing.

IDAYU said...

i suke bace u pnye xperience about baby sling..i bru nk try...1st time nih skg tgh servey....brp rm yer

Liz Rohaizat said...

idayu> masa tu, dlm rm80. tp skrg dah tak jual pouch camni

 

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