Benefits of babywearing

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:

  1. I liked the idea of keeping my baby close to me;
  2. I thought it would be handy to keep my hands free while carrying my baby; and
  3. baby wraps looked cool.

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:

  • babies who are worn cry less;
  • babywearing helps babies to learn as they spend more time in a state of ‘quiet alertness’ and are exposed to everything the parent is doing around them;
  • babywearing helps babies to bond with their parent, not only from physical touch, but also by becoming familiar with their scent, heartbeat, body language and emotions; and
  • babywearing keeps babies close to their parent, enabling parents to respond to their baby’s cues immediately, reducing stress for both parent and baby.

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 and #babiesatwork

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).

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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.

62 COMMENTS

  1. Amy | All Things Amy | 24th Nov 16

    Love this. I didn’t really know the benefits either but loved the idea of him being close to me. Babywearing makes things so much easier, especially shopping 😉

    • Lucy's Locket | 24th Nov 16

      It’s so much easier to have your hands free!

  2. Mummytodex | 24th Nov 16

    I didn’t baby wear Dex when he was a newborn because I was so scared and by the time he was older and I wanted to try it, he hated it. My babe really likes his own space. I have to admit, I’ve been lucky that he has always been a good napper and I’ve been able to get on with jobs in the house since he’s been here. I definitely will be doing it with my next baby though. Thanks for sharing!

    #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Lucy's Locket | 24th Nov 16

      Good luck next time around. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do

  3. Kirsten Toyne | 24th Nov 16

    When I had children the only baby wearing carriers were so difficult to use that my boys hated them. some of the wraps now look wonderful and I find myself wondering if they would have taken to them better. Great post.

    • Lucy's Locket | 25th Nov 16

      That’s a shame. The structured carriers are easy to use these days, just a couple of buckles. At least you gave it a go ????

  4. littlepaperswans | 25th Nov 16

    We would not have survived without baby wearing. I don’t think we’re going to stop any time soon either. So handy and my daughter loves being carried!

    #ABloggingGoodTime

    • Lucy's Locket | 25th Nov 16

      It’s great isn’t it. I love it too. I’ve seen photos of people wearing a toddler on their back and a newborn on their front – that will be me, I hope!

  5. Laura (@dearbearandbean) | 25th Nov 16

    I didn’t babywear with Alice. But with Holly I loved it, I loved having her so close to me. Plus being the second child, it made my life so much easier on several occasions. It meant I could have Alice in the pushchair and wear Holly. I could quickly do the preschool run, without a pushchair. The list is endless in how it helped me. I did it until Holly was to big for me to manage, I miss it. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove X

    • Lucy's Locket | 25th Nov 16

      Yes I can imagine it will be a total lifesaver with a second child! It also keeps you close and connected during a busy day and I imagine there will be lots of those with more than one child ????

  6. thetaleofmummyhood | 25th Nov 16

    I love a bit of baby wearing! I didn’t do it with my first and really regretted it, so with my second I’m doing it as much as possible beofore she gets too big!

    #stayclassymama

  7. Janine | 25th Nov 16

    I loved baby wearing and really miss it. Was so handy when I needed to wash up and the baby just wanted cuddles. I’ve tried quite a few carriers and churned quite a few wovens and my favourite ever was my Erna in wonderland wrap. It was so gorgeous I did think about keeping it to use as a blanket but sadly I needed the funds more and sold it on. Be warned, woven wraps are very very addictive. You will want them all lol.

    (Unhinged mummy stopping by from #stayclassymama).

    • Lucy's Locket | 25th Nov 16

      I love it too. I’ve seen a few creations on Pinterest where people turn their wraps into art or something because they don’t want to part with them! Wonder if I’ll be the same. I just looked that wrap up and it’s beautiful! Love the colours! I’m definitely going to buy a woven wrap once I’ve had some use of my ring sling ????
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting

  8. Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons | 25th Nov 16

    I never really got on with babywearing, although in hindsight I wish I’d tried out more types before writing it off as my son was very much a velcro baby and only ever wanted to be held. I’ve since found out there is a sling library in my town, so I’ll definitely be trying that out next time around! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Lucy's Locket | 25th Nov 16

      Do try it! I go to our local one sometimes too. It’s GREAT for trying different carriers, but also to meet some like minded people. Good luck!

  9. tinmccarthy | 27th Nov 16

    The older girls had carriers. I was way to paranoid with my first totally sure I would smother her. My second got carried around quite a bit since I was chasing the toddler. Then we had twins and I bought a twin carrier- every time I tried to wear it it damn near asphyxiated me.
    #KCACOLS

    • Lucy's Locket | 27th Nov 16

      I’ve seen photos of people wearing two, they do look tricky! I think I’ll love my carrier even more when I also have a toddler!!

  10. Sarah Aslett @ Admissions Of A Working Mother | 28th Nov 16

    Love the photo at the end very sweet! I’d tried baby wearing but it didn’t work for either of us – every child is different. I can totally see the benefits of it though #stayclassymama

    • Lucy's Locket | 28th Nov 16

      Thanks 🙂
      It’s not for everyone. My daughter only likes being carried in certain positions lately.

  11. dearmummyblog | 28th Nov 16

    My mummy wore me all the time until
    recently (now I want to walk everywhere) she started off with a stretchy, a mei tai and then a tula we can’t recommend a baby wearing enough! Great list of benefits x #SharingTheBlogLove

  12. alicesoule | 28th Nov 16

    I absolutely loved my sling! Emmeline spent the majority of her early babyhood within the sling and she was just so happy. Found them really comfy too – we had a Kari Me sling so was able to wrap it around myself however I felt best, it was so versatile. #prettyraw

    • Lucy's Locket | 28th Nov 16

      They are so comfy, aren’t they! I get so many people saying ‘doesn’t that hurt your back’. I don’t even feel it. I couldn’t imagine carrying her in my arms all day, THAT would hurt!

  13. Twin Pickle | 28th Nov 16

    Agreed! Baby wearing is ace… but it’s not so easy when you have twins! haha #prettyraw

    • Lucy's Locket | 28th Nov 16

      haha, no I guess not! I have seen people carrying one on the front and one on the back tho. But you’d have to be committed – you wouldn’t want to get them both on and then one want to come down!!

      • Twin Pickle | 28th Nov 16

        Yes, I’ve done the one front, one back a couple of times but when you’re on your own it’s very difficult to load and unload!

  14. Dave - Dad's Turn | 28th Nov 16

    Great use of a baby carrier. I’m also a big fan. And impressive that you manage to take your baby to work! #sharingthebloglove

  15. susielhawes | 29th Nov 16

    I had a close caboo which was good when my daughter was little but I can’t say I used it loads as she was quite happy to sleep in her moses basket in the house. Then we moved onto a Connecta which I loved and was brilliant for shopping before she sat in the trolley etc, and even just for quick trips without the pram. But I did find she got heavy and I wouldn’t want to be carrying her now she’s a toddler. that being said I know people who do and are into woven wraps – they also say it’s addictive… I think if/when I have another I will use slings more to keep my hands free etc. #ablogginggoodtime

    • Lucy's Locket | 29th Nov 16

      Yes I see a lot of people who carry toddlers in their woven wraps. I love the look of the woven wraps too.
      I’ve been checking out a Connecta. Good to hear you liked it.

  16. mydangli | 29th Nov 16

    Ha! If I didn’t know better I would think that we had coordinated our posts! 😉 I love baby wearing, so much so that I’ve just published a post with 10 Reasons why I love it! Baby wearing is amazing and I can fully recommend moving on to woven wraps! It’s brilliant (but addictive!) if only I could take Elliot with me to work, sadly not possible as a nurse. Great post! #globalblogging

    • Lucy's Locket | 29th Nov 16

      haha! I’ve just been and had a look. Good reasons! And I love the look of your wrap (don’t think I mentioned that in my comment).

  17. Mummy in a TuTu (@mummyinatutu) | 29th Nov 16

    I did carry mine for a while but as she wanted to move more she didn’t like it so much… never mind!
    Thanks for linking to #ablogginggoodtime

    • Lucy's Locket | 29th Nov 16

      My daughter has been wriggling out of the sling the last few days. I’m holding out hope that she’s not starting to dislike it!

  18. The Mum Reviews | 30th Nov 16

    I think babywearing is great idea and I dabbled in it but never was quite as successful with it as you are. I had a stretchy wrap and I thought I would wear my babies for hoovering and other work but I was never comfortable enough to do so. I was very anxious about bashing my babies if I was doing too much while wearing them. However, my wrap did prove very useful on public transport and I did even wear my babies to go see a live Olympics 2012 event in London! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday.

    • Lucy's Locket | 30th Nov 16

      They do take a bit of getting used to. If you decide to try again look on YouTube – there are lots of videos that show you how to wrap safely. Good for you for babywearing at the Olympics! I can imagine taking a pram would have been a nightmare!

  19. RawChildhood | 30th Nov 16

    Love this post! With my first I couldn’t get to grips with the sling at all and I didn’t know that there were so many different types! Then I had my second and with him being a reflux and allergy baby the only time he would sleep is in the wrap. I still use the wrap now and I love it still, it makes life so much easier! I couldn’t have lived without it to be fair, it meant that I could actually leave the house and do the cleaning! Thank you for linking up to #prettyraw 🙂

    • Lucy's Locket | 30th Nov 16

      It does make things much easier. Plus it’s nice to keep them so close ????

  20. Emma | 30th Nov 16

    if i had another then id def give this ago. i think at the time i was so stressed with trying to breastfeed that i just didnt want to take on anymore challenges! and figuring out how to work out a sling seemed challenging to me! #KCACOLS

    • Lucy's Locket | 30th Nov 16

      Breastfeeding can be tough and stressful, especially in the early days. You do get the hang of it once you’ve done it a few times and, if you’re like me, watched a million YouTube videos! Good luck for next time

      • Emma | 1st Dec 16

        Thank you. It was so tough and in the end I expressed for a while

  21. Brandi Puga | 1st Dec 16

    I love wearing my babies! and wrapping the best, not just a carrier you strap on. I love this post, so many moms don’t know about the benefits of wearing their little one, for themselves and the baby. #GlobalBlogging

    • Lucy's Locket | 1st Dec 16

      Thank you. I loved the stretchy wrap. I need to get into woven wraps because I’m sure I’ll love them too! ???? babywearing is awesome. There are so many benefits and its so easy and practical!

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  24. One Messy Mama | 2nd Dec 16

    How interesting! I had never really thought about it before! I just found it easier having both hands free! Thanks for sharing! #globalblogging

  25. The Speed Bump | 2nd Dec 16

    I loved babywearing! The tula was probably my best baby purchase with SB. When we have the next baby I want to experiment with more stretchy wraps etc. #KCACOLS

    • Lucy's Locket | 2nd Dec 16

      I haven’t tried a Tula but I know they’re really popular. Stretchy wraps are great, especially for newborns as they’re so flexible and snug.

  26. Tracey Bowden | 3rd Dec 16

    I never tried this when my daughter was a baby but I have heard many people share how much they love it. I think my daughter would have loved it as she hated her pram #kcacols

    • Lucy's Locket | 3rd Dec 16

      Lilly isn’t a huge fan of her pram either. How old is she now Tracey? ????

  27. prettyinplaydough | 4th Dec 16

    I love babywearing too, we are still going strong at 18 months although little R loves walking everywhere and she’s actually very well behaved when she walks with me! I am impressed you take your baby to work with you too, I used to take Little R with me to university and like you, I found my baby carrier an absolute Godsend! Thank you for linking up with #prettyraw, hope to see you there this week!

    • Lucy's Locket | 5th Dec 16

      Good that you’re still going strong ???????? I hope we are too at that age!

  28. Twin Pickle | 4th Dec 16

    Dropping in again from #prettyraw… congrats on the featured post 🙂

  29. oddhogg | 6th Dec 16

    I didn’t realise all the benefits – but I wore Piglet a lot when he was little. He’s outgrown his wrap now (9 months old) and we’ve just purchased a new carrier so he can come out on more adventures with us and the dog 🙂 #kcacols

    • Lucy's Locket | 6th Dec 16

      Awesome! I use a structured carrier (ergo360) for long walks with the dog too. Enjoy it 🙂

  30. The Mum Project | 7th Dec 16

    Sounds fantastic! I really like your baby carrier I must check this out ASAP (ummm hubby Christmas idea!) haha. I didn’t realise how many benefits there are to baby wearing, plus the whole ease of it all, not having to push around a pram hands free! Thanks for sharing with #GlobalBlogging!

    • Lucy's Locket | 8th Dec 16

      It’s so much easier isn’t it! That one is a Chekoh stretchy wrap ❤️ I think it’s only recommended up until 12 months tho

      • The Mum Project | 12th Dec 16

        Ah shoot, when is it recommended to stop baby wearing? I guess a one year old can get a bit heavy lol ; )

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