Baby Wearing Options

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Wrapping your baby on your body so you can keep them close and go hands free is certainly not a new practice. It’s ancient across multiple cultures, but we’ve seen a growing trend of mother’s ‘wearing’ their babies in recent years. I get very excited as we continue to see natural and more attached methods of child rearing emerge (or re-emerge). I don’t mean attached as in never let your children leave your side, I think it’s quite healthy for them to explore on their own and learn to complete tasks without our help. We, as parents, went through this change in how we connected with our babies on a physical level. From the horrific practice of being ‘put under’ in order to have our babies, to the regular practice of letting the medical professionals dictate labor and delivery and then have the baby whisked away for testing the moment after birth. We’re still, and probably always will be, learning what works and what doesn’t as humans. Creating a close bond with our children as soon as possible, and throughout their childhood, is such an important practice to implement into our care as parents. As with all things, find balance, but also remember they are only little for a short time.

Baby wearing is so important for the bonding experience in the first year. There are a few different options when it comes to baby wearing, but how do you know which one is best for you? Here is a mini guide to help you figure out which one may be your best bet.

 

Baby wearing for me was actually far more liberating. I was able to move around easily, take the stairs, and fit through tighter spaces than I could when using a stroller. The down side would be losing all the storage space of a stroller, but whenever we knew we’d be out all day, we opted stroller and simply packed the wrap. Disneyland is far more comfortable with a stroller, but waiting in line and getting on each ride is so much quicker with a wrap. Baby wearing wasn’t a thing I grew up knowing about. I was the first to do it that I knew of and I had no idea where to begin. Now, I’ve tried a few different options, talked to countless other baby wearers, and watched the practice grow in popularity.  This list is based on those experiences.

 

Baby wearing is so important for the bonding experience in the first year. There are a few different options when it comes to baby wearing, but how do you know which one is best for you? Here is a mini guide to help you figure out which one may be your best bet.

The Sling

  • Sized to the person wearing it. (some are adjustable)
  • Best for newborns.
  • The first type of baby wearing I was introduced to was the sling. I thought it was a brilliant thing to pop in the diaper bag and pull out whenever you needed to be hands free. Using a sling has the baby hanging off one shoulder, so long wearing periods will put strain on that shoulder and your neck. It is quick and easy to use and transport, but due to the weight pulling on only one side, it is best left for very quick trips or while sitting around the house. As a massage therapist I do not recommend this type of baby wearing beyond newborn stage, but even 7 lbs can put strain on your neck and shoulder in time.

 

Baby wearing is so important for the bonding experience in the first year. There are a few different options when it comes to baby wearing, but how do you know which one is best for you? Here is a mini guide to help you figure out which one may be your best bet.

The Wrap

  • It’s a one size fits all option.
  • Excellent for newborn through toddler
  • My favorite type of baby wearing is the wrap. I have the ‘Moby Wrap’, but there are other brands out there with a similar design such as ‘Boba Wrap‘, ‘Sleepy Wrap‘, and a few other brands. Also, you can find a lot of talented people selling their creations on Etsy which is great way to get a fully customized wrap. One long piece of fabric that you wrap around your body in a certain way and it secures your baby to your body in a very comfortable, weight distributing position. It can be wrapped on to you so you can take your baby in and out of it as needed.

 

Baby wearing is so important for the bonding experience in the first year. There are a few different options when it comes to baby wearing, but how do you know which one is best for you? Here is a mini guide to help you figure out which one may be your best bet.

The Carrier

  • One size adjustable to fit wearer.
  • Ideal for baby’s 1st year.
  • The traditional style carrier most are used to (think ‘The Hangover’) is not one I think is best for babies. They often have no leg support and it leaves their limbs exposed. However, now we have products like the Ergo Baby Carrier which holds babies in a far more comfortable position and the ease of use is excellent for anyone nervous about the baby wrap. I’ve found that dad’s prefer using these carriers.

 

Baby wearing is so important for the bonding experience in the first year. There are a few different options when it comes to baby wearing, but how do you know which one is best for you? Here is a mini guide to help you figure out which one may be your best bet.

The T-Shirt

  • Sized to the person wearing it.
  • Ideal for newborns.
  • It’s like a baby wrap built into a shirt. It’s easy, and certainly convenient, but you won’t be able to trade baby wearing with anyone. Unless everyone wears one of these shirts I guess.

 

Baby wearing is so important for the bonding experience in the first year. There are a few different options when it comes to baby wearing, but how do you know which one is best for you? Here is a mini guide to help you figure out which one may be your best bet.

The Back Pack

  • One size adjustable to the wearer.
  • Ideal for 6 months +
  • If you have bigger kids, or are going on a hike, the baby backpack is going to help get you through. It will support their weight, distribute it evenly on you, and have room for any gear you need to take along for the trip.

 

To be a bit more eco-friendly you might try finding these carriers and wraps at your local consignment store. Amazon carries all of the above mentioned as well (click the titles to see them). Beyond that you can check Etsy for the wraps to support an artist. If you try any of these and it doesn’t work out, give another one a shot. There is a great baby wearing option out there for you. Enjoy the bonding you experience with your baby.

 

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