About the weight of the sling, thin or thick?

What is the weight of a baby sling?

Weight is the weight of one square meter of fabric, expressed in grams. No fabric has a predetermined weight, but it is often determined by the type of weave, the thickness and weight of the fibers.

Sling can be divided into three groups, according to their weight:

Thin slings
Sling having from 190 to about 250 g/m2 is classified as low-weight sling. This kind of cloth is perfect for the beginning of our adventure with slings and wraps. They are perfect for learning how to wrap, they tighten up well on a newborn. They are quite thin, so they can be tied in many ways, especially during hot days. Unfortunately, the weight of the baby is more noticeable than in the case of thicker wraps.

Medium wrap
Wrap “medium” is made of sling that weighs between 260 g and 290 g/m2. This thickness is probably the most popular and universal. They are suitable for almost all children. They can be tied in many ways, the same cloth fits to persons with various sizes.

The third group includes wrap of over 300g/m2. They do not have any rigidities (like a flexible cloth or woven cloth), allowing for carrying a child according to physiology of young spike. They do not have any rigidities (like a flexible cloth or woven cloth), allowing for carrying a child according to physiology of young spike. Let’s remember that this wrap is fluffier, so for some of the bindings we may need bigger size than usually.

There is a belief that thinner wraps will be perfect for small children, while thicker ones will be more supportive and will work better for heavier babies, but remember that everything is a matter of individual choice.

It all depends on our liking, experience and comfort. It’s also worth to observe how our babies react to a given sling and whether they want to cooperate with it.

Choosing a sling, you shouldn’t be guided only by its weight. Let’s remember about the weave and its composition, and the best solution is the ubiquitous “feel the sling”, because there is nothing like to touch the sling itself and put our baby in it, to find out that it is the perfect one.

The bond between mother and child

The creator of the attachment theory – British physician and psychoanalyst John Bowlby states how important it is for the development and life of a child to build emotional bonds in the family. It has an impact not only on the well-being of our child now but also plays a big role in the psychological and emotional development in his later years.

The family environment plays a special role in the child’s social development. If we do not ensure proper bonding with the baby, in the future it will have a tendency to enter into inappropriate relationships, and his need for attachment will be unmet.

The bond between the mother and the baby is already formed in the mother’s womb. But the actions taken after the baby have already appeared in the world have a huge impact.

What is it about building a relationship? Touch, a sense of security, and meeting the baby’s needs are the conditions necessary for its survival.

Right after birth, it is the sense of touch that is most developed in a baby. “Through the skin” he gets to know the world around him, which is why hugging, stroking or carrying is so important, and nothing can handle our baby like a sling 🙂

Breastfeeding also builds relation. It ensures not only the emotional safety of the child but also its physical safety, it gives the small organism strength to face the world around it. The process  causes the release of oxytocin, which is called the love hormone, moreover, skin-to-skin contact has many other benefits. It stabilizes the child’s heart rhythm and breathing, and maintains optimal body temperature and blood sugar levels

Another crucial element is responding to your baby’s crying and needs. Crying or whining is the only possible way to communicate at first. Don’t ignore it.

Talking and singing. Singing not only calms the baby, but also has a huge impact on the development of his speech and imagination, and talking is the best way to support the baby’s development.

Playing with your baby and taking care of your own well-being. Researchers found that playing together gives the child the feeling of being loved as little as any other activity, and additionally eliminates aggression and reduces the tendency to the bad competition.

Motherhood is not one of the easiest tasks, so remember to also take care of yourself and your psychological comfort, because happy parents are happy children.