Babywearing is the practice of wearing or carrying a baby in a sling or in another form of carrier. Babywearing is a term which considers that somewhere in our history, we have forgotten our natural instincts to keep our babies close, the majority of the time. William Sears suggests that it serves as a reminder not to lay your baby down and tend only to their comforts, but to keep them up and close, and to put them down for sleeps, and respite.
The term has been considered problematic at times, mainly due to either ‘hippy’ connotations making the simple practice seem unappealing to some parents, and also by the use of the phrase ‘baby’, as the uses of carrying a child in a carrier far outgrow babyhood. Many children are carried through toddlerhood, pre-school and school years.