Babywearing and Special Needs
Babies with special needs often enter the world with fragile, easily over-stimulated nervous systems. Parents attempt to find the proper balance – to provide their baby with the sensory nourishment he or she requires for optimal development, while simultaneously avoiding over-stimulation. Research has even shown that premature babies who are touched and held gain weight faster and are healthier than babies who are not.
It is well known that children with developmental delays and special needs benefit from this extra stimulation, especially during the infant stage. Wraps and carriers create the ideal environment for development and growth. At the same time, they offer infants a tight, swaddled, deep pressure input, providing security and assurance to infants with Sensory processing disorder, and other developmental disorders, such as Down syndrome, Autism and Cerebral Palsy.
Babywearing when combined with therapy is very beneficial to children and caregivers. Research into Babywearing has shown the therapeutic benefits of "skin-to-skin care" or "kangaroo care" when applied in a therapeutic setting and even at home!