We took Cullen to a Mariners game this weekend, and I busted out the dusty Ergo for another go-round. I haven’t been babywearing much recently. Now that Cullen is walking, he has little interest in being strapped down and carried around.
But there are some situations where carrying is too exhausting, and strollers aren’t an option – like a baseball game! So I pulled it back out and hoped for the best as we headed to the ballpark.
He actually did better than I thought. As we walked through the crowd, he was interested in all the faces and sounds in the crowd, and he didn’t seem to notice that he was confined to the carrier. One of my worries about the game is that I knew it directly coincided with nap time. Within just a few innings, he was rubbing his eyes and clearly very sleepy.
I reverted back to my infant soothing techniques. I walked, swayed, bounced, and shushed It took a big more effort than it used to, but soon enough I had a big sleepy baby hanging on my chest. It brought back a surge of memories of our daily walks, endless Ergo outings, and so many babywearing snuggles over those first few months.
I don’t imagine that this will become a regular thing, but it’s nice to know that it is still an option if needed. When Cullen was tiny, I worried that all my carrying and wearing would somehow stunt his development – that not putting him down would inhibit his ability to learn to move. The joke was one me when he started walking at nine months! So I know that wearing and carrying him had zero negative affects on his ability to thrive, and if anything perhaps made him a more comforted, confident baby.
I’m sad that I can’t wear him like I used to, but I’m already looking forward to hopefully snuggling our next baby on my chest as Cullen and I continue to run around together. There is nothing better than looking down into a wrap and seeing a sweet sleeping baby face. Glad I got one more in before he gets any bigger!
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