There are so many benefits to being outdoors it’s hard to contain it into one small post. We know the health benefits of getting our Vitamin D by soaking up the sun’s rays. We often can feel the mental rewards by a change in our attitude once we have breathed in some fresh air. I know when I”m feeling overwhelmed by my day, a nice walk outside does me a world of good. It can do the same for our children.
I saw a lovely little video on my facebook feed this morning that discusses benefits of getting outside and hiking. One fact that was new to me, was the benefit of improved creativity and problem solving skills. I think we could all benefit from that, and it wasn’t a small increase either. We are talking a 50% increase in their problem solving abilities. That’s amazing! Being outdoors changes your brain in positive ways.
“Never be indoors when you can rightly be without.”-Charlotte Mason
Charlotte Mason encourages 4-6 hours a day of outdoor time for the youngest of learners. While we don’t meet that mark on a daily basis, I do agree that this allows children to have a quiet growing time. Often technology takes over our lives much too easily. While I think technology provides so many benefits, it is hard to escape from it. I often feel frustrated just trying to eat a meal at a restaurant without several TV’s blaring across the room. I love to pack up a simple lunch and eat it at the park.
Our family has bonded a great deal this last year over trying our hand with kayaking and paddle boarding. We have all learned patience, persistence and balance in the process. We have laughed and have found a great peace at being out on the lake with the stillness of the water. We have also enjoyed outdoor adventures at many of the State Parks when we go camping. Some of our favorites have been Fall Creek Falls, Interstate Breaks Park and Santee State Park.
Being outdoors provides endless opportunities for learning. We can observe wildlife and the clouds passing the sky. This often slows us down a bit and gives us time for reflection. This can be really beneficial for impulsive children and helps us become more attentive. Being outside wards off depression and can help us have a positive mental outlook. I love how spending time outdoors, camping or hiking, helps me reconnect with myself. I feel more at peace and relaxed, and can be a more patient person as a result.
We bought some started plants for our garden yesterday. So off I go to plant some herbs with the kids and spend some time outdoors. What do you like to do outdoors? What benefits has it brought your family?
I am proud and honored to be a volunteer with the Natural Parents Network (NPN), a community of natural-minded parents and parents-to-be where you will be informed, empowered, and inspired. When you visit the NPN’s website you can find articles and posts about Activism, Balance, Consistent Care, Ecological Responsibility, Family Safety, Feeding With Love, Gentle Discipline, Healthy Living, Holistic Health, Natural Learning, Nurturing Touch, Parenting Philosophies, Practical Home Help, Preparing for Parenting, Responding With Sensitivity, Safe Sleep, and so much more! Today I would like to share some bookmark-worthy posts that highlight all aspects of babywearing. These posts were featured on the personal blogs of the Natural Parents Network volunteers and are some of my favorites. We hope you enjoy reading these posts as much as we enjoyed writing them. We are always looking for new volunteers so please, contact us if you are interested. Just a few hours per month can help other mamas in a huge way!
Benefits of Babywearing/Reasons To Babywear
Types of Carriers/ Choosing A Carrier
- Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama shares “Babywearing for Newbies: Types of Carriers.” This comprehensive post explores the myriad of babywearing options and the strengths and limitations of each. You can also find Hybrid Rasta Mama on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Networked Blogs.
- Momma Jorje shares “Boba Carrier Review.” Read her opinions on the features Boba offers. You can also find Momma Jorje on Facebook and Networked Blogs.
- Ever wondered what baby carriers were good for hip carries, and at what ages and stages a hip carry is best? Dionna of Code Name Mama shares “Hip Carries for Every Age and Stage” and “Baby Carriers Appropriate for Hip Carries of Infants and Beyond” – both are filled with excellent information from Steffany Kerr, a Master Babywearing Educator for Babywearing International. You can find Dionna on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube.
- Julia at A Little Bit of All of It shares “The Moby Wrap.” This post describes her experience with this popular stretchy wrap as part of her Babywearing Series and includes an opportunity to win your own! You can also find A Little Bit of All of It on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Networked Blogs.
- Wondering how to nurse in your new carrier? Check out tips and tricks in a series of posts Dionna of Code Name: Mama published at NursingFreedom.org. She touches on Breastfeeding While Babywearing in a Mei Tai, in stretchy wraps, in a ring sling, and in soft structured carriers.
- Lauren at Hobo Mama offers a video tutorial on “How to breastfeed while babywearing in a mei tai,” making it easy to nurse hands-free and feed your little one discreetly on the go. You can also find Hobo Mama on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google +.
- Momma Jorje shares “Wordless Wednesday: Mei Tai.” Follow her process of making her Ball Baby Mei Tai. You can also find Momma Jorje on Facebook and Networked Blogs.
- Amy at Anktangle shares a quick and simple tutorial for how to make your own no-sew stretchy wrap, one of the easiest and most inexpensive baby carriers to own. Bonus: with this tutorial, you end up with three wraps—one for you, and two to give away as gifts! You can also connect with Amy on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google +.
BabywearingToddlers/More Than One Child
Personal Babywearing Stories and/or Photos
- Shannon at The Artful Mama gives her recommendations for “Babywearing While Pregnant” and tells us why “Breastfeeding and Babywearing – It’s Awesome!” You can find her on Facebook and Twitter as The ArtsyMama or in her Cloth Diapering Consultant role at Diaper Parties by Shannon on Facebook and Twitter.
- Lyndsay at Our Feminist Playschool shares “Goodbye to BabyWearing.” This is a post documenting Lyndsay and Aodhan’s years of babycarrying in tribute of their last carry! You can also find Lyndsay on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest.
- Amy at Me, Mothering, and Making it All Work shares “Why We Wear Our Babies.” Amy has enjoyed wearing both of her children and talks about the carriers she’s used and the benefits of babywearing she’s experienced. You can also find Amy Willa on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
- That Mama Gretchen shares her post “Close to My Heart“, a brief reflection on her babywearing journey. You can also find That Mama Gretchen on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
- Cynthia at The Hippie Housewife shares “My Little Kangaroo.” This photo-heavy posts detais the author’s personal experiences with babywearing, including ring slings, mei tais, and wraps. You can also find The Hippie Housewife on Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest.
- Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama shares “Babywearing Around The World.” This is a photo essay highlighting traditional babywearing options from all over the globe. You can also find Hybrid Rasta Mama on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Networked Blogs.
- Lyndsay at Our Feminist Playschool shares “Daddy BabyWearing.” This is a wordless post that follows her son being carried by his papa! You can also find Lyndsay on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest.
- Luschka at Diary of a First Child shares “A Sling is a Wonderful Thing.” In this post she shares her first experiences with and love of babywearing her first child. You can also find Diary of a First Child on Facebook or Twitter.
Babywearing Series/Multiple Topics
Babywearing – Other Interesting Topics
A special thank you to Erika Hastings of the blog Mud Spice for creating and sharing her babywearing art with the world!