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Pass the green beens .... Not the baby

The holiday season is here and with it comes family gatherings, social events, and lots of people oohing and ahhing over your new baby.

But your baby is just that... Yours.

People love to hold and snuggle babies, but that's not always in the best interest of the mother/baby unit. Babies need to be held by you - their mothers. If you're noticing lots of events on your calendar that will include crowds during the holidays, consider wearing your baby. Being close helps to regulate the baby's temperature, breathing, and temperature, it encourages adequate milk production, and it has a calming effect on both mother and baby. Babies that are worn by either parent are happier and healthier.

Choosing a carrier that's right for you and your baby can seem overwhelming. There are several ways to wear your baby, but the most popular carriers are wraps, ring slings, pouch carriers, meh dais, and soft structured carriers (SSC). Babywearing International has a great article that describes each carrier and helps you to narrow down which is best for your situation.

Just remember... you are the mother and you know what's best for you and your baby. Don't be afraid to sneak away for a quiet nursing or snuggling session, if you or your baby seem overstimulated. Keep your baby close or wear her to alleviate some of the requests to hold the baby at social events and family gatherings. Navigating boundaries can be a challenge to new moms, but it is perfectly okay for you to politely advocate for you and your baby.

If you're interested in learning more about the benefits of babywearing, click here.