One of the first things I bought for my daughter was a Chekoh wrap baby carrier. At the time I didn’t know how much I would love babywearing or the benefits that it has for parent and baby. In fact, I bought a wrap because:
Little did I know, babywearing would turn out to be my saviour and a key part of my parenting style.
I’ve moved from the stretchy wrap to an Ergo360. I’ve just bought a ring sling and I’m thinking about investing in a woven wrap. Babywearing is addictive!
Not only is it addictive, it also has so many benefits. According to Dr Sears:
Aside from these benefits, many people babywear simply so that they can take care of their baby while simultaneously keeping their hands free to do other tasks. I used to wear my daughter while I did the washing up and hoovering and I always wear her when I go to the shops – it’s much easier to move around without a pram!
More recently, my daughter has started to develop separation anxiety. She sometimes gets upset in new places, especially if there are a lot of people paying her attention. A baby carrier is great here, as it keeps her close to me and away from all the chaos.
Babywearing has been a lifesaver for me at work (If you don’t already know, I take my daughter to work with me). A blogger I read a few weeks ago (and I can’t remember her name or find her post! Please tag me if you find it!) called her baby carrier her assistant! I love this! It’s so true, my baby carrier is my assistant.
When she was a newborn, I’d wear my daughter around the office to keep her close to me. She’d happily snuggle up in the wrap awake or asleep and I’d get on with whatever I was doing. I loved the flexibility that the wrap gave me. I could take her to meetings and have her right there with me. There was no need to check on her in a pram or elsewhere. She was also close to me so I could read her cues and tell whether she was hungry or tired without waiting for her to cry (also a plus when working in an office).
Now that she is older she likes to spend more time playing on the floor, but she has all her day naps in the baby carrier. When she is getting tired I pop her in the carrier and go for a walk around the block. She’s usually fast asleep within a couple of minutes and I return to work, sleeping baby in tow.
If you haven’t tired babywearing I highly recommend you give it a go. Most places have local meet-ups and libraries that you can borrow from to help you decide what type of baby carrier you like.