Thursday, October 09, 2014

International Babywearing Week

This is AWESOME! And I didn't even know about it until this year! International Babywearing Week!

I am a big fan of babywearing, although my journey to comfortable, workable babywearing was a slow one. With Jack and Tom I tried a variety of strap and buckle slings and they never really suited us. I gave up with them and thought that babywearing was for other people.

Then when I had Georgie my step-mum gave me a Moby cloth wrap sling that she had found at a car boot sale. It came with a book of instructions for how to tie the sling and how to fit baby in safely and comfortably. I gave it a try.

Georgie loved it.

I loved it.

I was totally sold!

So from then on when ever I went shopping, or on the school run with the older boys, or to visit friends, or anything.... I popped Georgie in the Moby Wrap. He was comfortable, warm, close to my heart and his much loved boobies (I breastfeed), he could see the world around him, and was a very very happy baby!

When I found out I was expecting Freddie I made a point of looking for more slings. Babies puke, sometimes their nappies leak (especially cloth ones in my experience) so having just one sling wasn't ideal. I love my Moby but with 4 kids I have to take money into account - excuse the pun. I found a reputable seller of slings at affordable prices and ordered myself a couple in nice colours.

Now I wear Freddie almost every day! He's in the sling for the school and nursery runs 5 days a week, I wear him when I walk into town 2-3 times a week for a spot of shopping and coffee with friends. It's nice for him - he hates the pram, much preferring to be upright and see the world - and it's easier for me. I don't have to try to squeeze a pram through narrow shopping aisles or over crowded school corridors, or worry about where I'm going to find room to park it when I get to the coffee shop. It makes breastfeeding so much easier too because I can always use a fold of fabric to cover an otherwise exposed boob without having to cover the whole of my baby. I have both my hands free to do other things - like hold the hands of my next two youngest children. And there is the added bonus of the positive effect on my health and fitness by walking all over the place carrying him - without putting my back or my hips out.

Personally I cannot recommend babywearing enough. I wish I had discovered cloth wrap slings sooner, like with my first baby. I still have a pram/push chair and I'm not against them in any way. Certainly when Freddie is bigger (and heavier and longer making babywearing less practical for me and uncomfortable for him) I will use it more, but for now while he is a small, snuggly, breastfeeding wee baba we are babywearing all the way!



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