One thing that really surprised me when I had Andrew was just how much I loved baby wearing. (if you’re not familiar with the term, it refers to baby carriers). When I first heard about baby wearing, it became clear that the benefits of baby wearing were plentiful. But there was still a part of me that thought baby-wearing was for crunchy, Birkenstock-wearing tree-hugger types. Boy was I wrong.
When I registered for baby items when I was pregnant with Andrew, I registered for a Baby Bjorn without really thinking about it or researching into different carriers. If you are even the tiniest bit interested in baby wearing, I urge you to research – look around online, talk to other mommas, join baby wearing groups online (Durham Region Baby Wearing Group was a huge help for me). It pays to be educated. Not to be all preachy, but there are serious health risks for bebe if you choose a carrier that is not ergonomically correct (such as the Baby Bjorn that I unwittingly chose). On baby wearing forums you may hear these affectionately called “crotch danglers.” Not only are these not so awesome for baby, but it makes a huge difference for you too – in my experience, when carriers are better for baby, they are better for momma. Meaning that you can wear your little one with no pain or discomfort.
|My love for baby wearing started with the Original Baby Bjorn|
Now, I don’t mean to bash Baby Bjorn at all – apparently they do have some revamped carriers that are great, I just personally haven’t tried them – I am by no means a baby wearing expert.
What I love the most about baby-wearing is always having my babies close to me. Being able to get stuff done while snuggling and kissing the top of their heads…doesn’t get much better than that!
After I realized how much I enjoyed ‘wearing’ Andrew, I upgraded to a pocket sling from Seven Slings – it was a definite upgrade but still not the comfiest for me. It worked for the remainder of my baby wearing days with A – as an energetic, crazy boy, he was born to run wild.
|Eventually I moved to a pocket sling|
When I was pregnant again, I knew that I would be relying on baby wearing as a way to keep my new baby close while keeping up with an active 3-year old. So my research began – I spent hours on the internet learning all the lingo (I could not figure out for the longest time what SSC was – for the newbies like me, it means soft structured carrier. You’re welcome!) and brand names surrounding baby wearing. I picked the brains of the wonderful ladies on the Durham Region Baby Wearing Group on Facebook. Seriously, these women are wonderfully helpful and full of knowledge. If you live in Durham Region and are interested in baby wearing, join the group, you won’t regret it! They even have meet-ups to offer support and give newbies a chance to try different carriers. If you live outside the area, look around online for groups in your region, as I am sure they are there! Finally, after months of reading and asking questions, I came to a conclusion. I wanted to get a soft-structured carrier. And I wanted it to be a Tula. I loved the look and the feel of wraps, but I seriously do not trust the safety of my baby to how well I twist and knot a wrap. I have serious admiration for ‘wrappers.’ I get baby wearing envy when I see their photos posted all over Facebook!
Now, the downfall – Tulas do not come cheap. Even used, they will still run you close to $200. But I finally bit the bullet and bought myself a beautiful brand new Tula!