The Fourth Trimester

What on earth is the fourth trimester? That doesn’t even make sense?!

Imagine this. Your baby is all cuddly and comfortable in your womb. It does not know hunger, cold, discomfort and is never alone. There is no big scary world to figure out, only familiar noises like mum’s heartbeat and digestive sounds. It’s all cosy.

Now, suddenly, your baby is earthside and no way are they being put down. Baby is only happy in your arms! Again, imagine your baby has to cope with all these new impressions. Having to be changed and clothed, and there are all these new needs where there were none before. It’s scary and unknown, no wonder that they are not impressed! The only safe place is where it’s closest to “home”, in your arms.

The first three months of a babies life are referred to as the fourth trimester for all of these reasons. It’s a time of transition, your baby has to learn to exist in this world, away from the 24/7 room service of your womb.

Meeting your baby’s needs in the early days has many advantages, including getting much better sleep. Babywearing is a practical way to meet both your baby’s and your own needs because, let’s be honest, mums need to get out of the house too! Spoiler alert - slings are addictive. I have been known to buy a sling or two more than I needed but hey ho, they are sooo pretty! And, as an added bonus, babywearing counts as tummy time! When being carried in a sling, babies work their neck and stomach muscles.

“It is the nature of the child to be dependent, and it is the nature of dependence to be outgrown. Begrudging dependency because it is not independence is like begrudging winter because it is not yet spring. Dependency blossoms into independence in its own time”

Peggy O’Mara