When I was pregnant with my daughter, “baby wearing” was something I was really looking forward to. I couldn’t wait to have her close to me as I went about my day. Before she was born, I did a lot of research, picked out a sling and hoped that it would be something we would both enjoy using.
In doing the research, I learned that there are many benefits to “baby wearing“:
- It can help a baby feel more secure which can lead to better emotional and mental development.
- It can help a baby cry less – they feel the warmth of your body and beating of your heart, reminding them of the womb.
- It allows a baby see and hear your active life, which helps them to learn more.
- It keeps your hands free to do other things.
The one thing you can’t learn about baby wearing from resources is which one will work out best for both you and your baby. I found this out quickly. First tried a wrap, but it was just too much material to deal with. Some people love them – it just didn’t work for me. Then I tried a sling but this time, it was my daughter who had the very strong opinion about it – it just wasn’t for her. Perhaps we didn’t give it a long enough try but I felt that she didn’t seem happy inside of it.
I then I gave the Bjorn a try but she didn’t like facing inward with her face in my chest, which is necessary until the child is strong enough to hold up their head. I waited until she was strong enough, allowing me to use the Bjorn with her facing forward – we found a winner! She loved it! I think she just really enjoyed the view while being close to me.
But now I have a new problem. My daughter is at a weight where it’s getting difficult to carry her for long periods of time. I’m only able to use the Bjorn with her when I’m taking short walks to the store or over to a friend’s house. A friend of mine has the Baby Ergo Carrier and says it’s really comfortable because all of the baby’s weight sits on your hips, rather than your upper back. I’d love to give it a try but I’m not sure if my daughter will be keen on facing my body, rather than out. I don’t want to buy yet another carrier unless I know she’ll like it. I think I’ll ask my friend if I can borrow her’s for a few days to give it a try.
How about all of you? What have your experiences been with “baby wearing”? Which one is your favorite? How has your child transitioned from different carriers if you’ve changed them along the way? I’d love to hear your input! Please leave a comment and participate in my first poll (if you choose “other”, please be sure to mention in your comment which one you like).