Newborn babies are precious and jerky with little heads that flop about. They can be really tricky to place in most baby carriers, but Hug-a-bub is ideal for newborns. One of the real joys of recommending Hug-a-bub is seeing the relief parents feel when their little newbie is tucked up happily, securely and safely – allowing them to get things done.
This snug feeling is the true signature of Hug-a-bub, and it’s no exaggeration to say this simple stretch baby wrap can be life-changing for the family.
Human babies belong to the “parent-clinger” group of mammals, and being close to your skin and smell is where they feel most secure and comfortable.
Once a baby feels safe and nurtured, they enjoy more time in a “calm alert” state (1). This is key to successful brain development, and one of the lesser known benefits of using a baby carrier.
As well, parents with a calm baby feel more competent, and happily, this may well mean they enjoy the experience of parenting more.
Hug-a-bub is not hard to learn, and you do put it on first. Once the carrier is on, only then do you place your baby inside (simple video instructions at www.hugabub.com).
Hug-a-bub is best suited to younger infants (up to 14 kg). Be careful to sit and monitor your baby when breastfeeding if your baby is under four months. Hug-a-bub is not suitable for hands-free breastfeeding for very young infants, who require extra care and supervision.
There is a growing awareness among developmental scientists that the better a child can self-regulate, the better she can rise to the challenge of mastering ever more complex skills and concepts. In the simplest terms, self-regulation can be defined as the ability to stay calmly focused and alert, which often involves – but cannot be reduced to – self-control.
Christine Kininmonth, Certified Babywearing Consultant, Die Trageschule Dresden.