Ten reasons to wear your baby

ten reasons to babywear

As I am an advocate of babywearing and use my baby carriers far more frequently than the pushchair. I thought I would share my top ten reasons to wear your baby.

ten reasons to wear your baby

  1.  There is no faster way to settle a newborn baby than being held close to mum or dad. Emma lived in our Moby wrap for the first few months – she hated being placed in her moses basket. Carrying her meant that I could get on with the important task of making a hot drink and playing with Daniel whilst ensuring she got some sleep. It is great for colicky babies and those suffering reflux. Daniel was colicky and settled much quicker in the carrier and Emma had silent reflux and hated being on her back, so the moby wrap was a godsend.
  2. Newborns crave (and need) contact from those that care for them. When using a sling it is easier to respond to your baby’s needs if you are holding them. A murmur, movement or whimper is (in my experience at least) observed much quicker when a baby is in a sling, meaning that you are much quicker to respond and resettle them.
  3. You have your hands free – this is especially useful if you have another child to look after. There’s just 16 months between Daniel and Emma so I didn’t have the luxury of resting when Emma did. Having Emma in the wrap meant that I could still meet Daniel’s needs whilst ensuring that she slept and rested, as newborns should!
  4. You can avoid the pass the baby around situation – I hated being at large gatherings when the children were newborns because inevitably it meant that people wanted to hold them. This is all OK and obviously well-intentioned but Daniel had allergies when newborn so if anyone had perfume on or had used strong-smelling things to wash their clothes in he flared up in rashes. Emma was a nightmare as a newborn, crying a lot. If we had finally got her to sleep, the last thing we wanted was for her to be woken! Having them in a wrap meant they slept snuggled in close to me and weren’t overwhelmed by everything.
  5. The sheer convenience of babywearing – I simply can’t imagine heading across fields, along the canal or into the city centre with a pushchair. Carrying the children in a sling means I can walk around freely, not having to worry about getting a pushchair onto a train, navigating crowds etc. No more waiting around for lifts too.
  6. Carrying your toddler promotes security. Daniel has been in situations where he is uncomfortable or overwhelmed. Lifting him into the carrier has calmed him down and made him feel much happier and secure. A good example is when we joined in a walk at a local parade. I thought he would enjoy it. Instead he was massively overwhelmed and buried his head into me whilst in the Ergo carrier. Had he been in a pushchair he would most likely have cried and found the whole thing much more stressful than it needed to be.
  7. The cost of a carrier is likely to be much less than a pushchair or travel system. The pushchair we have (A sola) cost over £200. It is a great pushchair, it really is but expensive. The carriers I have used cost a total of around £120 (a moby wrap and an Ergo). You can get cheaper combinations and knowing what I know now I would buy even cheaper and get a Rose & Rebellion carrier (a bargain at £79.99)
  8. Who doesn’t love a hug? Children grow up all too quickly and carrying them in a carrier is like one big hug. Daniel isn’t as cuddly as he used to be, he is far too busy exploring his world and Emma doesn’t get the same time to just lie with me and sleep like Daniel did. Having them in the carrier means I get extra hugs and we have better conversations with them. When Daniel is on my back in the connecta we chat a lot, he points out things to me and I can answer and respond to him. This is of course possible with a pushchair but in the hustle and bustle of the city his little voice can be drowned out. Having him at shoulder/head height means I can hear those quiet but important observations.
  9. Using a sling is good exercise for mum! I carry Daniel a lot and it I can carry him for longer periods than my husband. If we go out as a family then I carry Daniel and my husband carries Emma. I am much stronger and fitter (and as a result healthier) from carrying both Emma and Daniel regularly.
  10. Slings take up far less space than pushchairs and prams – I can have the carriers in the car and have plenty of space for shopping etc. If I need to do a large shop I would have to remove the pushchair from the car.  It is also easier to find space in the house for the sling (usually hung up at the door) whereas a pushchair is a much bigger item to find space for!

 

What other reasons for babywearing would you add to this list?

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8 Comments

  1. 11th November 2014 / 12:58

    I agree with you 100%. I must admit I do tend to follow the basic tenets of attachment parenting of which babywearing is an important one but even if I didn’t I can’t imagine struggling with a pram/pushchair. Carrying Raffles in the sling is so convenient. It means I can use public transport without hassle and can walk around busy shops without having to negotiate a clumsy pram. It also gets her to sleep within minutes. I just love the feeling of having her close to me. I honestly don’t know why more people don’t do it, it makes life a hundred times easier for me. Can’t recommend it highly enough. Great post! x

    • 12th November 2014 / 19:21

      I think people aren’t aware of just how easy it is to carry a baby! I often hear that my son must be too heavy to carry.
      thanks for stopping by to comment x

  2. Pam Francis Gregory
    13th November 2014 / 11:47

    Great read – Thanks for the interesting facts

  3. hannah mum's days
    14th November 2014 / 08:56

    Really interesting read – I’m a pushchair mum but I’m finding the transition from pushing to walking with a toddler to be really difficult – he just isn’t interested in walking all the time and so I’m doing my back in carrying him on my hip (as mentioned from our beach trip in this week’s list! http://www.mumsdays.com/list-week-11/) – it just feels a bit late in the day to invest in a carrier though, you know?!

    Thanks for linking up to #TheList xxx

  4. Caroline (Becoming a SAHM)
    16th November 2014 / 21:05

    I love the idea of babywearing, we didn’t manage very well with Monkey as he hated the babasling we bought and it took a while before I tried another one. This time we are using our beco Gemini a lot and it is making life so much easier at certain times of day, for many of the reasons you have listed! Having said that I am still making sure she spends some time lying down everyday so she doesn’t get too used to sleeping on us all the time, I have no idea if it makes any different but she’s happy and I am happy getting s rest in the afternoons too! 🙂 great post 🙂 #sundaystars

  5. 18th November 2014 / 18:15

    I completely agree with all your points, we loved our baby carrier. It was especially useful with my eldest who was born in late spring. My husband and I literally carried her everywhere. My youngest was born in November and as we didn’t go out as much in the cold, we didn’t use it as much. Still I would recommend one to any expectant mother.

    Thanks for linking up to #SundayStars

  6. 19th November 2014 / 07:47

    Overall, so we provide better safety, nice article..

  7. 21st November 2014 / 21:56

    i love the times i have taken my youngest out in the baby carrier she loves being close to me! i too have small age gaps tho so also need a push chair for my other daughter thanks for linking up #sundaystars

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