Before I was a mom, I didn’t really understand stuff. Tons of things are clearer to me now in this state of life. I didn’t really understand God’s love for me until I experienced the love that a mother has for her child. I didn’t really understand why someone would go to the store with a smiley face stickers on their behind. I didn’t really understand why some of my friends could ALWAYS be late. But now I get it. I totally get it.
And now I totally understand why mothers babywear. First off, what is babywearing? Wikipedia says that “Babywearing is the practice of wearing or carrying a baby in a sling or another form of carrier.” Stacy says that “Babywearing is the method by which a mommy gets stuff done without weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
I started babywearing when Annie was young, but I didn’t wear her enough. I started with Andy when he was less than a month old and I wear him VERY regularly. Today we’re going to talk about why. And don’t worry, this isn’t all “Let’s sit in a circle and talk about our feelings and then sing Kum Ba Ya.” I save that for camping activities. 😉
Here are my 4 reasons for babywearing.
Yeah, yeah. I realize that’s all touchy, feely and I don’t normally go there. But I do enjoy having my babies close. Especially when they are little. It gives me a warm fuzzy.
I like being able to feel them breathe in and out. I like leaning down and kissing their head. I like having them close. Not only is it comforting to mama, it’s comforting to the baby. They’ve been INSIDE you for 9-10 months, so it only makes sense that they would enjoy being close to you.
I’m not a huge fan of strollers. Yes, I have them…but I hate toting them with me. I hate storing them in the car. I hate rolling them through the mud and then getting mud in the car. And they can only go so many places.
On the other hand, I have my baby carriers. They can go with me anywhere I go…even to the bathroom. They don’t take up much space. It makes going places SO much easier. I don’t get as tired using a baby carrier – unlike if I’m trying to carry a baby on my hip for hours.
It keeps people away
Remember my post about dumb things people say about babies? Yes, well I don’t like a ton of people holding my new baby. I’m weird like that. However, I’ve found that if I have my baby in a carrier I don’t get asked that question…at all.
Not only do I get to avoid that question, but usually people won’t touch your child if they’re that close to you. Unlike if they’re in a car seat or stroller. And I’m such a germophobe that all I can think about is, “did they wash their hands when they left the bathroom?”
I realize this entire point makes me a weirdo. I’m cool with that.
I can get stuff done
When a baby is new, and sometimes even when they’re not new, they have bad days…don’t we all? It’s almost impossible to get anything done on those days – unless you have a baby carrier. I can strap Andy on and get things done around the house even when he’s having a fussy teething day. Being worn calms him and most of the time he’ll even go to sleep.
As soon as I could use back-carry for Andy, I would strap him on to cook dinner. I was too afraid to cook with him in the front as an infant because I’m just overly messy when cooking. I’m just overly messy in general…and that’s Barry saying “Amen” in the background.
So, those are my reasons. I know there are many more, but that’s why I babywear. It’s one of my favorite parts about being a mom – it definitely trumps those poopy diapers.
I have several different carriers and my friend Brandy has a few others. We’re going to talk about the 5 most popular types of carriers over the next 5 weeks. I will be including some instructional videos along with Brandy’s help. And guess what? I’m going to give some stuff away!!!!!!!! WOOOOO!!! The carriers we’ll cover are: Moby Wraps, woven wraps, ring slings, Ergo/Boba carriers, and Mei Tais.
On Thursday Brandy will talk about the pros of babywearing and then next week we’ll start talking about the different types of carriers.