Have you tried babywearing? Baby carriers make a lot of things easier; travel, getting things done, or chasing after older children while keeping your littlest one close. It also gives parents time to bond with their newborn, while also helping their newborn to feel safe in their new environment. I absolutely love both of my baby carriers, but I didn’t always feel that way.
We registered and received an Ergo 360. We love it, and it has been crucial when traveling with Emmy. When Emmy was just a few weeks old, I purchased a Solly baby wrap. I purchased the Solly because I actually felt intimidated by our Ergo 360, which is funny since now, I am quick to get it on, make sure Emmy is comfy and do my safety check within a couple of minutes. I couldn’t wear Emmy at first because she had a low birth rate. Once she was big enough to be held in the Solly baby wrap… well, let’s just say it was a game changer! This little girl, like most newborns, LOVED to be held! When my husband returned to work, I pretty much nursed Emmy, went to the bathroom if I could, and shoveled easy to grab snacks all day while I waited for him to come home. I got some adorable snuggles in between, but I felt as though it became quite rare for me to do something normal- put away dishes, make an actual meal, maybe even take a glorious shower! When I was finally able to wear Emmy, it was like a part of myself was returning, and I was getting more confident as a mom.
One part of motherhood that surprised me was anxiety. I will save more on that for a later post, but for now, I found that any anxieties I had often resulted in a rabbit hole of google searches. Babywearing was one of those rabbit holes for me. When I first started wearing Emmy, I pretty much checked her posture and breathing about every .024 seconds! After my new hobby of googling, I found a lot of resources that helped me to relax and enjoy the sweetness that is babywearing.
Here are some helpful websites I found useful and I am hoping can help you as well!
If you have an Ergo, their website includes videos with tutorials, along with FAQ and more.
Solly Baby Wrap also has great video tutorials.
Do you remember how I shared above that I do a safety check? Like I mentioned, I got incredibly anxious when I wore Emmy, so much so that I couldn’t relax. This website really helped me as I became more comfortable. Babywearing International has LOTS of amazing resources, but I am linking straight to their safety page.
I would love to hear from you about your favorites when it comes to babywearing. What type did you enjoy the most? How has it made parenthood easier for you?