|Baby slings are becoming increasingly fashionable for new parents, with celebrities from Gwen Stefani to Maggie Gyllenhaal and even Brad Pitt sporting the fabric wraps to carry their babies.
But research suggests that slings are more than just practical and stylish, they can help to calm a baby because of the feeling of closeness to the mother.
Zoologist Desmond Morris says in his new book, Baby, The Story of a Baby's First Two Years, that the mother's heartbeat has a calming influence on her child as they have been listening to it for the nine months they have been in the womb.
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