Are There Measurable Benefits Of Babywearing?

Published: Monday, March 5, 2018 - 3:05pm
Updated: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 10:51am
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Lela Rankin Williams, associate professor in ASU’s School of Social Work, wanted to find out if there were any measurable benefits of babywearing.

In lots of cultures around the world, it’s not often that a new mother sets her newborn baby down. There are no electronic swings or rockers or car seats or strollers. Instead, mothers wear their babies in a sling or a wrap most of the time.

The practice — called babywearing — has caught on in much of the Western world these days.

Wraps and carriers that look like everything from flowery scarves to army packs are trendy. But there are still many cultural barriers that prevent mothers here from wearing their babies 24/7.

Lela Rankin Williams, associate professor in ASU’s School of Social Work, wanted to find out if there were any measurable benefits of babywearing. And The Show’s Lauren Gilger spoke with her more about her new study and what she found.

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