My Baby Wearing Journey

My Baby Wearing  Journey

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.

 

A baby wearing journey from new born to toddler,

 

For more information on safe baby wearing visit Baby sling safety 

TICKS checklist for safe baby wearing made courtesy of the sling consortium

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12 Comments

  1. 9th October 2015 / 10:21 pm

    I love these, especially the last two. My little one is 14 months now and as a wee one myself, I find him a bit heavy to carry, but I do miss the babywearing days. I do have a baby backpack but it’s difficult to get him in and out of it without help so the last two toddler carriers look like the sort of thing I would want. Where did you get them?

  2. 11th October 2015 / 10:46 pm

    Now that my children are grown, I miss baby wearing!

    • 12th October 2015 / 2:15 pm

      i do love it, I’m not sure how long I’ll manage though I’m just lucky that my toddler is petite.

  3. ERFmama
    15th October 2015 / 12:35 am

    Awe I love baby wearing! Mine are too old now (well not techically , my 3 year old could still fit in a pre-school size, but he doesn’t want to. 🙁 ) I also wrote a blog post about our experience with wrapping etc if you want to read it just search for ‘baby-wearers’ on my blog. 🙂
    I loved the Mei Tai! We had a baby hawk and I miss it quite a lot. Before that I had the Mobi – wrap and I still have that. I’ve sold and bought ring slings and wraps, but those two just have a special place in my heart and just won’t be going anywhere hehe.

    • 15th October 2015 / 6:03 am

      I know what you mean about getting sentimental about slings, I sold my Baby Hawk but still associate it with lovely tiny baby cuddles.

  4. Su {Ethan & Evelyn}
    15th October 2015 / 9:14 pm

    Awww… such a sweet post. As you can see form my profile photo. I also do baby wearing too. However, Evelyn is getting so heavy now. I had to stop. My back really doesn’t like it. I love your batman one. It is so cool! Great that you have involved hubby in it too. Thank you for linking up with me. x #FabFridayPost

    • 18th October 2015 / 3:53 pm

      My husband prefers to use the sling than the pushchair, although he’s swaying toward using our Mountain Buggy more at the mo. I does love the attention he gets with the batman sling!

  5. 16th October 2015 / 1:34 pm

    Aah we were bought two Ergo baby carriers when the twins were born but I never got into wearing them. It didn’t seem right to carry one baby — and not the other — so we used them occasionally when we went out with my husband — or someone else — but that was it! I can imagine having one baby would make this a lovely thing to do! Thanks so much for linking up with us for #TwinklyTuesday, we really appreciate it 🙂 xx

    • 18th October 2015 / 3:51 pm

      I can imagine that was a real predicament. I’d feel bad carrying one and not the other plus other people would probably think you preferred that one!

  6. 18th October 2015 / 12:06 am

    I love baby wearing and I miss it now that Little Miss H is the size of a four year old (she is only 28 months old). I have a Lenny Lamb. Woven wrap and a Lenny lady ergo toddler carrier. Once you start baby wearing, it is so easy to get hooked. I desperately wanted a ring sling, a connecta and a mei tai too. Oh, and there was a didymos woven wrap that I lusted after so much. And I love to see a dad baby wearing. It is such a lovely sight. Sadly, Mr H never got into it. He missed out on so much. #TwinklyTuesday . Hugs Mrs H xxxx

    • 18th October 2015 / 6:39 am

      I’m starting to wonder how long we’ll carry on as my son is starting to want to walk more when we’re out on long walks. It’s horrible to think the ends in sight.

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