Walk to promote ‘babywearing’

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A newly formed group will be celebrating International Babywearing Week by holding a walk at the Oamaru Public Gardens tomorrow.

The North Otago Babywearing Group will be walking in support of the week which runs from October 6-12 to celebrate the the art and enjoyment of wearing a baby in a carrier of sling.

Organiser Amy McCauley said she has been involved with babywearing for a number of years and decided to set up a group when she moved to Oamaru in June.

There has not been much interest yet but she hoped more people would get involved because babywearing is good for the infant and as well as the parent.

“It makes makes my life so much easier,” she said.

Babywearing has many benefits for babies including decreasing crying, promoting healthy sleep patterns, accelerating infant growth and a baby’s sense of security and attachment to their caregiver.

It also helps parents by decreasing the stress associated with crying and anxious babies as well as being a “hands free kit” to allow them to more easily and comfortably care for their children while attending daily tasks of living, Mrs McCauley said.

The babywearing walk will be held at the Oamaru Public Gardens at 11am tomorrow, meeting at the front gates on Severn St.

The walk will end at the playground where a raffle will be drawn with proceeds going to the Oamaru La Leche League, a group which offers support and information about breastfeeding in the community.

Included in the prizes is an ‘Ergobaby’ carrier worth $229 and a voucher for ‘Koolaman’ worth over $90.

By RUBY HARFIELD

PHOTO: RUBY HARFIELD

ALL SET: Oamaru resident Amy McCauley, with 9-week-old Piper, organised the North Otago babywearing walk which will be held at the Oamaru Public Gardens tomorrow morning.