There’s really no other way to put it.
There’s something so natural, wonderful and empowering about holding your baby close to you without using your hands at all. (But let’s be honest, no one wearing a baby can resist patting the little baby bum lump. NO ONE. In fact Addie has a ring sling for her dolls and even she pats their bum.) I think part of the reason I love it so much is because the breastfeeding. It isn’t so easy for me, but the babywearing? Super easy and it allows for so much of that wonderful bonding while still being able to eat a sandwich.
With Addie (2004) I had a Snugli. A ridiculous impractical and uncomfortable Snugli, but it seemed SO practical at the time! Then one Saturday while walking through the Salt Lake Farmer’s Market there was a woman selling pouch slings that she made herself. She let me try one (Addie was probably about 9 months at the time) and as soon as she slid into the sling onto my hip we were both sold. She snuggled into me and I was able to enjoy carrying her around on my body for the first time since she had been in my body. I wore her in that trusty pouch sling until she outgrew it (well, okay, my back outgrew it) at 35 pounds.
Two years later when I took the Internet’s hand and we began our trusty relationship I realized there are at least a hundred different ways to wear a baby and I was enchanted. I looked forward to the day I would get to wear a baby again, this time from the very beginning. And sure enough on Vivi’s first day home I snuggled her down into my new Sleepy Wrap and there she has happily spent at least a portion of her day almost every day.
My front room may look like the display floor of Buy Buy Baby but nothing calms Vivi down as much as wearing her does. Over the next year I’m planning on giving you the full scoop on all the different carriers I have (which is kind of an embarrassing amount, but I promise they all serve their purpose!) during all of Vivi’s different life stages and the various and assorted things we do in life. And I’m not just talking Baby Bjorns here. I’m talking wraps that involve origami type folding that in theory seems difficult but in reality are some of the most comfortable things you’ll ever wear.
My hope is that if you’re not already a babywearer I will make you one. (There was a time I believed that the only people who wore their babies were those who had questionable personal hygiene and smelled of patchouli, ah…stereotypes.) I meet far too many women with grown children while I’m wearing Vivi who say “OH! I wish they would have had those when I had babies!” and I can’t bring myself to say “They did! You just didn’t hang with the right crowd!”
Guess what? Natalie is giving away a Baby Bjorn Original Carrier! You have until Friday night to enter.
If the sling fits… then you can find it at Babble’s Best Baby Carriers!