Slings are the thing that sooner or later any mother who is involved in early child development will come to. What it is, what kind of slings are and what is the relationship between slings and early development - we will talk about this in this article.
One of the earliest images of baby sling dates back to the first millennium BC. It was found in the tomb of Montuemhat, the high priest of the god Amun, in the western part of Thebes.
Later, in the canvases of the 16th century by Italian painters, we find images of women carrying a baby in a sling.
In the culture of almost all nations, you can find prototypes of sling and clothing for wearing a child. In Russia, children were worn in a hem, scarves, just sling. So they went to the field, to the forest for mushrooms and berries. Older girls often carried younger children on the hip. The peoples of Africa, Asia, gypsies still wear babies on themselves in rags and scarves, the Eskimos have clothes for carrying a child - amauti.
In the 19th century, the distance between parents and their children, the principle of too early education in order not to spoil the child and prepare for the hardships of life were widespread in the upper strata of society. The appearance of wheelchairs played a role in this. In 1840, a stroller was created for the English Queen Victoria, a loving mother of nine children, who wished to walk with her children herself. Following the royal family, all wealthy people began to acquire strollers, first in England, and then around the world. The fashion for strollers has spread actively. Around the same time, cots and beds for babies appeared. Babywearing in civilized countries was practically forgotten.
From about the middle of the twentieth century, doctors began to talk about the unreasonableness of keeping mother and child in maternity hospitals. It has already been proven that such a regime has a bad effect on the formation of the immune, nervous, digestive, respiratory and cardiovascular systems of a newborn.
Most of the baby's reflexes in the first months of life are aimed at being with the mother and getting food from her. The sucking reflex assumes that somewhere near the baby's mouth there is a mother's breast, to which you can cling to when hunger occurs. The grasping reflex also, apparently, arose so that the baby does not fall off the mother when she needs to free her hands for something. Emotional connection with the mother, supported by the proximity of her body, allows the baby to gradually get used to the big world, not being afraid of its size and the dangers lurking in it.
A sling is a special soft backpack where we put the baby and in which it is convenient to carry it, breastfeed or rocked to sleep. Slings came to us from African countries, where this is the traditional way of carrying babies. As a rule, there are several types of slings.