Thursday, November 11, 2010

Hands Free Motherhood: Intro to Babywearing



As you may have noticed from recent pictures Mr. B is carried around in a variety of carriers. We currently have three of them, while you may think that this is a bit overkill, each has its own purpose and as such I love each of them.

My collection began with what is called a "Wrap" although I bought mine at a store I highly recommend making your own as they require little to no sewing. For the first few days of Mr B's life he let me "wear" him to work (thats right, I sadly had to go back to work when Mr. B was one week old). It was wonderful to have him so close to me while I did what I needed to do. He alternated between snoozing and looking around at what I was up to. He was so darn tiny, and oh so cute.

But in that Mr. B was born in July the wrap plus a baby= a furnace, so we looked for something cooler. We did some research and found at about a type of carrier called a mei tei. We loved the idea that it was versatile. The baby can go on your chest or back, and can even face outwards, and the baby can be a newborn (like in this picture) or up to 35 pounds and still be comfortable. They sadly are like 90 bucks so I found someone selling a new one on KSL for 25 bucks! Its been great. We look forward to using it for years to come.

Last but not least is the sling, which would have been amazing to have when Mr. B was a newborn, but it has still been useful. I LOVE this type of carrier because it folds up small enough it fit in a plastic sandwich bag (it is so tiny). I keep it in my diaper bag and use it for quick trips. I even used it at Church the other day. Mr. B was being fussy so I took him out in the foyer, and stuffed him in (when babies are mad they fight you about being strapped into carriers at first) then he started to calm down. By the time I walked back into the meeting he was asleep, and as you can see Mr B also likes the sling at games, it is a comfy spot. Sadly because its not padded it is not ideal for long periods of time, but it definitely has its place. When Mr. B is able to support his body weight a little more I can use it to carry him upright on my hip. I think every mom needs one of these. Ooh and another great thing is that I had a coupon code to buy one for 11 bucks, so that was pretty great (I guess I could have sewed one too, but I am not that talented).
So basically I have fallen in love with have Mr. B attached to me. Even though he initially objects to being confined, he soon realizes that he has a pretty great view of the world when carried. I have loved getting to hold him while having my hands free to do all the stuff a mom needs to do. So basically I wanted to explain my recent hobby of "babywearing" in hopes that I can help out other mom's I know, because lets face it every mom really needs "extra arms."

If you want to learn more (for your own benefit, or to just understand why I am so enthused about this) you can visit http://www.thebabywearer.com/index.php?page=bwgreatthings or http://paxbaby.com/


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