I didn’t really do much baby wearing with Little I when she was a baby. I had a BabyBjorn carrier that was used for travelling on trains, planes etc , to make life easier, but that was about it. I am much more keen to baby wear this time round. Baby wearing seems to have shaken off its slightly ‘hippy’ image and is appealing to modern mamas all over the world.
My main reason for thinking that baby wearing will work well for us this time is the fact that life is a lot busier and hectic now! We will have a newborn and a 2.5 year old so there will be a lot less time for just sitting around. There will also be a lot less time for the new baby to nap at home so it will have to get used to napping on the go. A wrap or sling could help with this.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want the new baby to become fully reliant on being in a wrap or sling to sleep or feel comforted and I would like he or she to be comfortable with other people. So they will be getting passed around like a hot potato, just like Little I was!
Little I got into a good routine early on and has been a good sleeper (after she got over the colic) from about 16 weeks old. I think a lot of that came down to not picking her up every single time she cried, only when it was 100% necessary. Of course we went and comforted her, but often did so without picking her up and holding her. We will be putting the new baby down to sleep in their cot for their naps, like we did with Little I, and will also encourage naps in the buggy when we’re out and about. The wrap or sling we get will mainly be for ease when out and about and for comfort in the very early days when I still need to get things done but can’t put the newest member of our family down.
Benefits of baby wearing:
I thought it would be fun to round up some of my wrap and sling picks that I’ve come across on my hunt for the perfect one. Unfortunately most the ones I like either come from the US or Australia!
Did you baby wear with your little ones? What wrap or carrier did you use?