I was personally a baby wearer way before it was the hip new way of parenting. I have always believed that people made parenting much to complicated, complications with too many gadgets, too much well-meant advice, too many medications, too many bottles, too much of everything. I was a breastfeeding, baby wearing, natural mommy as soon as I had my first. In my case though there wasn’t that many choices available as now in the market, we were strictly stuck with Buckle carriers or Mei Tai, if you were lucky your grand mother would show you how to wear a woven.. me I was lucky my mom showed me, she was a flower child.. So now the question today is baby wear or not to baby wear. I highly recommend baby wearing for a number of reasons…
1. Attachment: Yes the attachment process, baby’s ear pressed against your chest, slowly drifting to sleep by the sound of his/her own mommy’s heart beat. Skin to skin, the feel that the baby gets with the touch of his/her mother’s skin against their own. The comfort they feel to be nestled tightly against a familiar body, a familiar sent. The bonding and attachment are very important in nurturing your child in building trust, security, and teaching nurturing and love and I think that baby wearing is essential in this bonding/attachment process.
2. It is very convient, yes that is right, your hands are free for doing other things while baby is close to you under your watchful eye he/she does not feel alone or abandoned and you can easily assure your baby because they are close, while you are doing chores or helping with your other small children if that is the case.
3. It is a space saver, no need for dragging a stroller around, or a car seat while you are shopping, or visiting you can leave that car seat in the car! imagine that a car seat that stays in the CAR.
4. It is apparently fashionable these days. Different colors, styles, fabrics, it is the new must have.
5. Good exercise for mom, and muscle-building potential… lol
6. Great for dad’s to feel more bonded/attached/and involved. Also caregivers can use so the baby can feel that same source of comfort even when they are away from you.
7. Lastly but even one of the highlights of baby wearing is the ability to feed as needed even in public and stay covered, and without baby getting frantic because you are able to respond to the need to be fed faster because the baby is close!
So now that we have went over the positive impact of baby wearing we can get into some of the different types, costs, pro’s, cons’ places to buy.
Sliding in first place is the woven wrap, the most coveted wrap. They are made by different woven materials such as silk, cotton/linen blends, hemp and wool. They are durable, strong and carry weight, very secure and come in a range of styles and beautiful color combinations and patterns. But be ready to spend money the low-end wrap is somewhere around $100 but the resale value is wonderful, because believe me some people this is a hobby they collect these wraps and are willing to pay even more than the original price even for a used wrap that they find attractive. Sizes xs, s,m,l,xl small is typical size 5 in wrap, medium range is size 6 and this is the most popular size, they are also available in size 7 to fit Dads and plus size.
Popular brands include; Girasol, Didymos, Oscha, Kokadi, Diva Milano, Natibaby, Ellevill, Dolcino, Storchenwiege.
Places to buy: Risaroo, Marsupial Momas, Woven Wraps, and granola babies.
Next is the Ring Sling coming in at second place:
Many colors, prints, price ranges from $60 to $80,easy accessible for breastfeeding. These however have a high learning curve. All sizes available.
Popular brands include: Maya Wrap, Comfy Joey, and Sakura Bloom to name a few.
Where to buy include: Sleeping Baby, Risa Roo, Zanytoes Boutique, and Kiala Baby.
M y least favorite, Stretchy Wraps (the Bucket carrier), these are hot, bulky, sag when the infant weighs, more than 15 lbs. Cost wise they are around $45-$50.
Where to buy: Target, Baby’s r us, and on Amazon
Popular Brands: Hugabug, Moby Wrap to name a few.
Then there is my old stand by the Mei Tai: they are around 60-100 dollars, have straps they are durable and adjustable and soft. They are available in most large chain retailers. They are just out dated along with the Bucket carrier.
Things to consider:
You should be able to see your baby’s face at all times, ensuring your baby’s airway’s are not obstructed in anyway.
Your baby should be high enough, as to be able to lean down kiss your baby as to monitor breathing.
Baby’s knees should be higher up than his/her bottom and the sling should support the legs from knee to knee.
Always be cautious with stepping off inclines, steps, slippery surfaces. If do so by Bending at knees not at waist while supporting the wrap with baby inside.
If you want to baby wear there are whole communities just in love with baby wearing and offer support and swapping. One popular is :
Resources and References:
and a great little read that was very informative many resources and tons of information: http://thehodgepodgedarling.blogspot.com/2013/06/babywearing-101-beginners-guide-to.html
How to video links: