Friday, January 30, 2015

A babywearing obsession

Right now I'm a little obsessed with babywearing... even though I don't have a baby to wear. I never claimed to be a sensible person.

Even Zoey likes the sling

When Fynn was little we had a mei tai and a pocket sling that got some use, but not a bunch. I used them when Fynn was teeny tiny and couldn't/wouldn't sleep if someone wasn't holding her. My carriers were a life (and sanity) saver for awhile there. Then we got the Baby Bjorn which we used all the time from when she was about 3 months old until she got too heavy to carry in it at 9/10 months. Then she was a little bigger we pulled out the L.L. Bean backpack carrier. Again, we used them some, but not a ton. Fynn loved it for a couple of months, but once she learned she could run, and run fast, she didn't want to be carried.

Now that I'm staring down last few weeks before having both an active toddler and a squishy newborn, the thought of desperately needing at least twice as many hands started in the back of my head. I posted on a mommy group I'm a part of on Facebook looking for thoughts and ideas. Several women there sent me links to babywearing FB groups... and since then I've been lost in the world of structured carriers, wovens and stretchy wraps. I've seen moms do amazing things with a length of cloth and adorable dads with tiny newborn squishes strapped to their chests.
I've since learned that this actually
isn't a good way to wear a baby,
even though the slings website says
it's one of the ways to carry.

And I've become a little consumed. I plan to use my mei tai and pocket sling again with Bentley, but I'm probably not going to use the Bjorn again after reading about hop alignment and proper babywearing. We'll probably keep it though because Drew loved wearing Fynn in it. 

I'm looking to get an Ergo because it seems less intimidating than woven wraps (which just blow my mind), but I don't want to spend $150 on one, so I've been looking on swap groups, Craigslist and local thrift stores for a good deal on one. I'm also debating about getting a ring sling because they look adorable and easier to finagle than some of the other carriers. Also from reading about the experiences of others, I think I'll get more use out of carriers that stay together in the form that you use them. Woven wraps look amazing, and I'm in awe of the mamas that can fling their baby on their back, loop the cloth around a couple of times and somehow have their kid secure and happy, but I can't see actually going through that whole process everytime I want to wear the kid... even the moms that are pros take a few minutes to get everything strapped into place... I don't see Fynn waiting that long for me to get her brother all snug and secure.

What was the point of this post? Oh, yeah, I'm curious about what other people's experiences have been with baby wearing. What types/brands/styles of baby carriers and wraps have you used or enjoyed? What's worth my money and what should I just pass on? I'm especially curious to hear from people who have just started babywearing since I don't have much experience. 

1 comment:

  1. I love baby wearing. My daughter is 3 months and we used the Moby up until a few weeks ago. Now looking at upgrading to a Tula! Can't wait!


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