|Today's morning dose of smiles!|
|Who wouldn't want to look down and see this??|
Ayden at 2 weeks old <3
|Multi tasking at its best! Snuggling and teaching dance today :)|
There are multiple categories of baby wearing devices that all seem to come in handy for various reasons.
My personal favorite: Wraps. There are plenty of wraps out there. I have a Moby, Moby D and a Didymos. The Moby was perfect for when Ayden was a newborn.
|1 week old (back when he actually slept. Ha!)|
|He's in there somewhere!|
An added bonus was that I wasn't worried that people would try to touch him like they might if he were in a stroller. Honestly, I don't think anyone even noticed he was there...
|First time back to teaching dance. Ayden was only 3 weeks old!|
As he got bigger, and heavier, I found myself reaching for the Moby D a little more.
|My little buddy at 5 months old|
The difference between your standard Moby wrap and the Moby D is that the latter has a panel of woven fabric in the middle. The benefit of a woven panel is that if offers more support and usually has a pretty cool design so it's a little fancier. I also came to appreciate the shorter length of my Moby D. I'd usually put a Moby on before leaving the house and would then transfer Ayden from his carseat to the wrap when we arrived at our destination; but for the occasion during which I needed to put on a wrap outside of the house, the Moby D was usually my go to choice because there would be less of it dragging in the parking lot or mall floor.
This brings me to my Didymos. It is a wrap made completely from woven material, thus it is called a "woven wrap." Woven wraps are pricey when purchased new, but offer a ton of support as far as wraps are concerned. The woven fabric is usually linen or the like so they are cooler and more breathable which is the main reason I purchased mine. I couldn't bare not wearing Ayden in the summer just because it was too hot. I purchased my Didymos used so, not only did I get a great deal, but it was already broken in. Supposedly woven wraps need some love before they are soft and cozy. I am the proud third owner of mine so it is super sonic soft :). Due to the added support that a woven wrap offers, my beloved Didymos should last us through toddler-hood.
|5 1/2 months old!|
There are many other wrap brands out there that come in all different lengths and materials. If you are interested in the wrap route (which I highly recommend) just do a little research to see which would best suite your needs.
Next up, we have soft structured carriers.
|Cooking with Daddy at 1 month old|
|Grocery shopping with Daddy at 5 1/2 months.|
Another option in our arsinal for baby wearing is a sling. Mine is a Seven brand pocket sling.
|Cradle hold - 3 months old!|
|Hip carry at 5 1/2 months old!|
|Napping at Target - 5 1/2 months!|
Lastly, we have a framed back pack. These are usually used for hiking and the like. I picked ours up at a consignment event without doing any prior research.
|"Really, Mom? No research??"|
I know, I know, we have a lot of baby wearing options... While I was pregnant, I read Attachment Parenting by Dr. Sears and in it he suggested putting more money toward wearing your baby rather than in ways to put it down. I supposed I took him pretty seriously...We still ended up with bouncy seats, a swing, an exersaucer, a door jumper, pack and play, etc. (somehow the baby gear took over despite my efforts to stay minimalistic in this department...), but I would have never traded my carriers for any of that "stuff" even if I had to. The only carrier that we purchased new ourselves at full price was the Ergo. I purchased the Seven sling from the website and had a promotional code that made it so I only had to pay shipping. The Moby wrap was a gift at one of our baby showers. I purchased the Didymos used from someone on the internet and got our Moby D and framed backpack used at a consignment even. This was my way around having a variety of baby wearing options without spending a small fortune. And they all still hold re-sale value so in the end we will have spent even less once we sell them and get some money back. That is... if I can ever part with them!
No matter the carrier you choose, you want to remember 4 things.
1) You want the baby to be positioned high enough so you can kiss his/her head
2) You want his/her knees to be level with, or higher, than his/her bottom.
3) Make sure airways are always open. Check on this often as babies can slip over time.
4)Limit time spent forward facing or in "crotch danglers" (read more about this here)
This webiste has a good article on do's and don'ts for proper positioning and even includes pictures to illustrate examples for each. This blog post has some good information as well.
This post doesn't even cover any of the benefits or reasons for baby wearing in the first place. We'll save that for a another day. I just wanted to spread the word about how wonderful it is, what kinds of options are out there, and the safety precautions that need to be exercised.
On that note, I'd like to conclude by saying that I cannot even begin to describe the warm fuzzy feelings that course through every cell in my body while I am wearing my child. There is something so close, warm, happy and wonderful that happens and I wouldn't ever trade my experience with it thus far for anything in the world. It may not be for all, but I sure do encourage everyone to give it a try.
|Happy baby wearing everyone!|