Like cloth diapering, I felt that I had discovered the world of babywearing a later into my motherhood. My second child was already 13 months old, but I told myself, “Better late than never!” I’m now on baby #3 and have used carriers with him since he was two days old. I can confidently say – I love babywearing. Here are just a few of the reasons why:
Transition from two to three kids. Babywearing helped me tremendously as we transitioned into a family of five. Once the third baby was born, I ran out of free hands! By putting baby in a carrier, my two hands are accessible to take care of my other two children. This has been a significant benefit in crowded situations and parking lots!
Babywearing helps me bond with my baby. Having a baby can’t stop this mama! Homework still needs to get done, the older children still need cared for, but it’s still important for me to bond with my new baby. By putting baby in a wrap during those newborn days, I was able to snuggle baby, while still doing chore and taking care of the “big kids.”
Babywearing helps me grocery shop. Unfortunately, grocery carts are not compatible with infant car seats. When placed inside the cart, it can be quite the challenge to fit a week’s worth of groceries around baby, but when placed on top of the cart, they become a safety hazard. That’s where babywearing comes in… I keep a ring sling in my car for errands such as these to keep baby close and safe, while still getting things done.
Babywearing helps me spend time with all my kids. In the summer, my older kids seem to always want to play in water. And who could blame them in 90 degree heat?! So we take trips to the lake, the local pools, splash-pads and of course, our backyard sprinkler. These days are so much fun, so it’s a bummer when I can’t engage and play with the girls as much because I have to sit off to the side with the baby. And again, that’s where babywearing comes in… Using a water baby carrier, such as the Beachfront baby carrier, has enabled me be mostly hands-free and has allowed me to participate in activities with all my kids.
Babywearing keeps me sane. Jackson has this “cool” new trick when we go shopping. He likes to turn around in a shopping cart and stand up. Mama doesn’t think that’s such a great idea… What’s even “cooler” about this trick is he’s still able to get turned around even when he’s strapped in, giving me no other options… other than babywearing. With my [name of carrier], I can easily put him on my back in the middle of the store (or on my front- depending on both of our needs) and I don’t have to worry about my little Houdini baby showing off his “tricks.”
Babywearing helps baby nap. There’s this thing called sleepy dust. It’s not really a “real” thing, but a lot of parents and caretakers believe in it. I, for one, do believe in it… it’s called a baby carrier. Baby Jackson basically refuses to sleep anywhere but his bed. Of course this is great when we’re at home, but when we’re out and about, it causes a meltdown. As a parent, you know a cranky baby is not a walk in the park… that’s why babywearing has become a lifesaver for me in this area. I’ve worn him since he was a tiny newborn, so it’s become a comfort to him, enabling him to nap *almost* anywhere. When we’re out and about and nap time rolls around, I simply slip him in one of my carriers and (usually) he’s out in minutes.
Babywearing gives me another accessory and hobby. Just like I do with cloth diapers on my little one, I love to purchase new carriers and match them to my outfits. I have a neutral-colored carrier to go with just about any outfit and then, of course the one with a beautiful pattern to mix things up a bit. Like cloth diapering, babywearing has become a hobby for me too!
You can also find a great community in babywearing! That’s right! Babywearing mamas come together to form a supportive and encouraging community. There are a variety of ways to connect with these mamas – whether it’s one of the various Facebook babywearing groups online or even an organization or group that meets in your community! Some groups have meetings to demonstrate and provide more information on the various types of carriers, giving you the opportunity to try them on and find the right carrier for you and your family. You never know – you may also meet a new mom friend or two! Be sure to look up the babywearing group in your local area.
There are just so many reasons to love babywearing. You may wear baby because of its convenience or simply to bond with baby… What are a few reasons you love babywearing?