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Outstanding Babywearing Advocate in the Healing Professions Award

The Award for the Outstanding Babywearing Advocate in the Healing Professions Award is sponsored by  Maya Wrap.  And the winner is.....
Dr. William Sears
Read the press release:

Dr. William Sears Wins Award for Babywearing Advocacy
Dr. William Sears of Capistrano Beach, California is the winner of the Outstanding Babywearing Advocate in the Healing Professions Award from the nonprofit organization Babywearing International, Inc., as part of its International Babywearing Week 2010 awards program.


The term “babywearing” means carrying a baby or young child using a cloth baby carrier. Babywearing allows parents to have both hands free while carrying their children, and research indicates that this practice has numerous benefits for children.


A study published in the journal Pediatrics in 1986 found that 6-week-old babies carried at least three hours a day in a soft carrier cried and fussed 43 percent less than others overall, and 51 percent less in the evening hours. Another study, published in the journal Child Development in 1990, found that mothers who were given cloth carriers at birth were more responsive to their babies and had babies who were more securely attached than mothers who received plastic infant seats.


“International Babywearing Week is a wonderful time to recognize the advocates who are helping parents learn about and become successful at babywearing,” explained Glenda Criss, president of Babywearing International, Inc., the nonprofit organization that coordinates the event.

While Dr. Sears can't be credited with inventing babywearing (that credit goes to that first mom on the savannah who needed to care for her child and get things done), he was the first to coin the term "babywearing."  Dr. Sears brought the idea of babywearing back into modern consciousness through his books, websites, and articles on the subject. 

While explaining the ideas of attachment parenting, Dr. Sears shares that in his own family, like in so many, a combination of parenting style and necessity led to choosing to tie the baby on that first time.  By explaining this need to those who seek his advice as a pediatrician and as a parenting expert, Dr. Sears brings many parents and babies the practical, behavioral, and social benefits of babywearing as a parenting tool.  


International Babywearing Week 2010 was celebrated by nonprofit groups around the world. “We have Official Celebrating Organizations on every continent around the world,” Criss said. The groups hosted babywearing workshops, photography exhibits, walks, picnics, and other events to raise awareness about babywearing and help parents and caregivers learn babywearing as a skill.


The Award for the Outstanding Babywearing Advocate in the Healing Professions Award is sponsored by Maya Wrap.


International Babywearing Week is supported by funding from presenting sponsor ERGObaby Inc. and ERGObaby EU, and general sponsor DIDYMOS Erika Hoffmann GmbH.

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