I’ve been a regular baby wearer since Toddler was a baby. He hated the carry cot which I’d longed for, my vision of pushing my baby around while he slept peacefully was soon shattered when he protested at experiencing the world flat on his back. Luckily a friend leant me a wrap and after watching a few YouTube how to videos, I mastered it.
Seeing how much easier it was doing the school run with my newborn sleeping peacefully on my chest and not having to push the pram up the 3 steep hills to reach our destination, I started looking further into the world of baby wearing. I already knew the benefits of using a sling for bonding and breastfeeding but the the ergonomic benefits were all new to me. It makes perfect sense to carrying your baby in a style which supported their development, especially when they could to keep in their foetal position when teeny tiny rather than dangling from their crotch.
And there began my baby sling obsession.
When Toddler became too heavy for the wrap I moved on to a BabyHawk MeiTai. Consisting of a rectangular piece of material with 4 straps which you wrap around your shoulders and waist. Carrying our precious cargo was easy, it was at this point which Daz became a baby wearer too. On our Sunday morning walks he proudly carried his son and I firmly believe that it was during those moments that he truly bonded with his new baby son.
As Toddler snuggled into daddy’s chest, he could settle him when he cried. Usually breastfeeding only soothed our boobie loving boy, but the closeness and gentle rocking worked, pretty soon long walks became their time.
Seeing how much they both preferred the sling to the pram, I commissioned a Batman custom made Mei Tai from Wraphula. with padded straps, bat-eared adorned hood and Batman viewing mirror it’s still very much, Daz’s pride and joy.
But I yearned for something less fussy than the Baby Hawk. Being on the smaller size I struggled with the long straps and fancied giving some buckles a go. Enter the CatBirdBaby carrier with a sleep hood, memory foam straps, detachable support belt and buckle clips. I found it much quicker to put on and could carry Toddler on my front, side and back. I chose a pretty design, this was my carrier and I wanted an accessory I’d be pride of.
As toddler grew though, I yearned for something lightweight. A carrier which I could fold up and stuff in a changing bag, the CatBirdBaby had been a fantastic but it’s heavy duty fabric meant it took up a lot of space when out and about so it was back to the drawing board and researching for a more slimline but equally comfortable carrier, which lead me to my Harris Tweed Connecta.
So simple in design, it took a few trips out for me to feel confident that Toddler was going to be safe. It was equally comfortable for both of us (I presume Toddler’s happy, there’s no protests yet) he loves to tuck his arms in with the sleep hood up and we’re off on our little walks. While longer walks are when I take our all-terrain buggy now, there’s still a place for our cuddle walks.
I’m not sure where my baby wearing journey ends, at 16 months my boy is still light enough to carry and I’m hoping for some more snuggly cuddly walks as we chatter and natter our way through these short but sweet early years.
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