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Wear All the Babies

20 Nov

Isaiah 40:11 KJV

He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.

Just as Jesus carries his children, so will I carry mine.

When I was pregnant I did a lot of research. A whole lot. Like a ton. I spent hours on mommy forums reading about everything from cloth diapering to sleep training. It was then and there that I discovered babywearing. I have to admit I wasn’t sold at first but the more I looked in to the more I fell in love with all the beautiful carriers. So what did I do? You guessed it, I did my research. I am by no means a professional babywearer but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t totally obsessed at this point. So I’d like to share with you what I know. I would encourage you to do some more research. You may just find yourself a little infatuated as well.

First things first, what is babywearing? Babywearing is simply wearing your child in a carrier on your body. It allows you to both keep your little ones close AND be handsfree to do all your mommy-wife duties.

What are the benefits? As I already mentioned it is a great way to be handsfree and get things done while simultaneously bonding with your baby. Need more convincing? Studies have shown that babies who are worn cry less than babies who are not. Coincidentally, worn babies may have more time to calmly study their surroundings and actually have higher IQs. I can’t prove or debunk this but seriously, look it up. Babywearing is great for discreetly breastfeeding in public, easier than maneuvering a stroller in and out of crowds AND there are some pretty rockin carriers out there. Also, and this is pure hearsay, I’ve heard that babywearing strengthens baby’s back and neck muscles. Maybe its pure coincidence but my son rolled over at 11 weeks, sat up and crawled at 5 months, and is now pulling up at 6 months.

As far as types of carriers, you have plenty of options.

Types of Carriers

Narrow based (“Crotch Dangler”) – The most common type of carrier (BUT LEAST RECCOMENDED) is a narrow-based, or as some like to call them, “crotch dangler” carrier such as a Baby Bjorn or Snugli. There’s tons of myths floating around out there about these, but also a lot of truth. Contrary to popular belief, these carriers WILL NOT cause hip dysplasia. They CAN however exacerbate an already existing condition. My son’s pediatrician checks his hips at every appointment. I assume this is routine and, if so, you probably are aware if your child has hip dysplasia. If you do have a child with hip dysplasia you should avoid this type of carrier. If your child has normally developing hips, “crotch danglers” are safe but NOT ideal. Another concern with this type of carrier is the overstimulation front facing can cause. The best positioning for baby when wearing is facing mom, in a seated position, with carrier knee to knee and knees above bum similar to the shape of the letter M.

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Ergonomic Options

Soft Structured Carrier (SSC) – carrier with straps and buckles such as an Ergo, Boba, or Tula. These are easy (once you get the hang of it) and quick. You can use them on the front, back, and sometimes hip.

Mei tai – similar in structure to a SSC but instead of buckles you have long ties that wrap around your’s and baby’s bodies. If you are looking for a budget friendly option Infantino makes an awesome mei tai for around $30.

Ring sling – a long piece of fabric with rings attached to one end. You place the rings over one shoulder then thread the other end of the fabric through the rings to make a sling.

Woven Wrap – in my own opinion, the best but most intimidating carrier. Ironinically these have the simplest form (just one long peice of fabric) but are the most difficult to learn how to use. It can be a bit overwhelming at first with all the brands (Girasol, Natibaby, Kokadi, Dolcino, etc.), sizes, and carry options. Don’t let this scare you off. It may take a bit of practice but once you learn how to wrap you’ll never go back. There’s almost infinate possibilities for wrapping: front carries, back carries, hip carries, carries for everything! Color and pattern options are also nearly limitless (some women collect wraps like others collect shoes). If you need a tutorial, check out Babywearing Faith on YouTube. She’s awesome!

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My small but lovely stash 🙂

How do I babywear safely?

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Check out some of the carriers available at Diaper Junction (click the image below to go there now!)

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