The Importance of Eye Contact For Baby With a Baby Carrier

In 1970, the Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital published their groundbreaking studies showing the importance of eye contact between children and parents and the emotional closeness this creates.

This method, which was radical in its time, encouraged mothers to carry their children frequently and to have a lot of physical contact with them, and encouraged fathers to involve themselves more, both during the delivery and in the care of their newborn child. Physicians and medical experts worldwide nowadays are agreed that this closeness between children and parents is very important, particularly during the first six months of the child’s life.

BabyBjörn has been making baby carriers that strengthen the bonds between children and parents since 1973. All of the Babybjorn Baby Carrier models fit snugly, ensuring that the child feels as one with their parent. Carrying the child closely is soothing for parent and child alike, and the parent’s movements can help calm an anxious child.

The baby carrier is designed to be carried on the stomach which means that the infant is turned towards the parent during the first few months, and hence retains the physical closeness with the mother or father. The eye contact and the parent’s bodily warmth helps the child adapt to life outside the womb. Babybjorn Baby Carriers hold the child in a comfortable position whilst simultaneously providing secure support for the child’s spine and hips.

The Rainbow Babies & Children Hospital is continuously ranked by health and consumer publications as one of the USA’s five best paediatric hospitals. We have trained numerous leading general practitioners and paediatric specialists. On the basis of our research into bonding between children and parents, we recommend that parents use a baby carrier that is carried on the stomach, such as the Babybjorn Baby Carriers.

Dr Avroy A Fanaroff
Senior Physician and Spokesman for the Paediatric Department Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital

“Ever since the 1970s, study after study has shown the importance of early eye-to-eye contact, of close bodily contact between parents and their new-born babies or infants. This kind of contact enables both parents to develop a close intimacy with the young baby that is beneficial for the child’s development and the family’s bonding.

The findings are now generally accepted and as being of particular importance during the first 4 to 6 months of a Way back in the 1970s, BabyBjörn introduced a baby carrier that enabled parents to carry their children close to their bodies and faces in a way that also ensured the child’s comfort.

The correct carrying position is when the crown of the child’s head is just under the adult’s chin. Once the child has developed the muscular control required to hold its back and head up unaided, the Babybjorn Baby Carrier allows the child to be carried in either the inward-facing position – face to face – or the outward-facing one – with the child’s back towards the adult. The older the child gets, the more curious it becomes about what is happening around it. The Babybjorn baby carrier ensures that the close bodily contact can be maintained, in whichever orientation the child is being carried.

Babybjorn Baby Carriers have been developed, right from the start, in close cooperation with paediatricians specialising in newborn babies and infants and their development. There are now four different Babybjorn Carriers from which to choose. Baby Carrier Active and Baby Carrier Synergy both offer an ergonomically correct back support for the adult carrying the child.


The importance of eye contact

“Babybjorn Baby Carriers are practical, ergonomically correct and meet your baby’s need for close contact, security and stimulation.”

Ragnar Olegård
Ass. Prof., M.D.
Former Clinical Director at the Paediatric Clinic in Mölndal and former Director of the Newborn Unit at Queen Silvia’s Children’s Hospital, part of the Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg.

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