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6 Reasons I Love Babywearing


April 29, 2017 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Babywearing


6 Reasons I Love Babywearing | Baby & Beyond

So as some of you already know, I have been taking a break from this page for a couple of weeks, for a number of reasons. Baby N started daycare this month. He only goes for 2 hours a day, but the rest of the day he does get a bit insecure and needs to see me around all the time. In the midst of all this, my house help quit leaving me with a mountain of work to be done. And then Baby N fell sick with high fever, losing all interest in eating and sleeping. Its been rough to say the least! Through these tough couple of weeks, one thing helped me sail through with some reasonable bit of sanity – babywearing.It allowed me to keep Baby N close, giving him the extra care and attention he needed, while also getting work done around the house.

A lot of my family and friends are not familiar with the term “babywearing”. While everyone is aware of baby carriers in some form or the other, most people think a carrier is a functional item, to be used to carry the baby while traveling outside the house. In fact it is so much more than this.

Babywearing International describes it as “the practice of keeping your baby or toddler close and connected to you as you engage in daily activities through the use of one of a variety of types of baby carriers…Babywearing promotes bonding, supports breastfeeding, can help combat postpartum depression, makes caregiving easier, and can be a lifesaver for parents of high-needs children. Carried babies sleep, feed, and grow better. One study found that carried 6-week-olds cried 43% less than other children.”

 

I started babywearing when Baby N was around 4 months old and I honestly wish I had started much sooner than that. Here are my top 6 reasons for loving babywearing:

 

1. Because it is hands free – Ever since I became a mother, I realized the importance of multitasking. I became especially adept at holding a baby in one hand while learning the art of completing all sorts of chores with just the other hand. Well with babywearing I can use both hands again because babywearing makes holding the baby completely hands free! I can’t even list the tasks I have completed while babywearing – nursing, pumping, cleaning, cooking, organizing the house, sending work emails, shopping, eating a meal, sightseeing, the list goes on.

 

2. Because of all the cuddles – Babies need to be held close to feel secure and let me be honest, I love (and at times NEED) the cuddles and snuggles just as much as Baby N does.

 

3. Because of the sleepy dust – Whenever Baby N is resisting sleep or in the midst of a tantrum, I find that a quick “uppy” in a carrier with a bit of nursing can calm him down significantly and often send him off to dreamland too. Being snuggled cozily close to me makes him feel calm, secure, loved (and hopefully even drowsy :-p). I am not saying this is foolproof but 8 out of 10 times it does work.

Sleepy dust while babywearing | Baby & Beyond

 

4. Because of the convenience – A carrier is a portable stroller, high chair, cradle, cot, car seat (in public transport) – all rolled into one. I do have all of these and each of them is a must-have in its own way, but they ARE a pain to lug around everywhere I go, especially when I am out alone. A carrier is so much easier and compact, it fits right into my diaper bag.

 

5. Because it is easy on me – Post delivery I had started getting severe pain in my arms, wrists, back and shoulders. All the baby carrying and rocking to sleep was not helping. Babywearing is a blessing because it distributes the weight across the shoulders and back and the soft fabrics do not cut into the skin either (as you would expect from the straps of a heavy bag say).

 

6. Because I am spoiled for choice – There is a wide range of carrier styles, fabrics and colours available to suit every age and body type (remember it is not just moms who benefit from babywearing, but also dads, grandparents, any caregiver in general). Whether you prefer fancy wraps, easy on-the-go full-buckles or somewhere in between with mei-dais and ring slings; cool linen, handwoven cotton, or canvas; front carry, back carry, hip carry or even cradle hold; solids, stripes, prints in every colour; new born baby to toddler sized – trust me you are going to have a hard time buying just one!

Comments
  1. Shubhreet Kaur said on June 15, 2017 12:40 pm:

    So I restarting my baby wearing journey again with my toddler. Reading your post has just affirmed to me that I took the right decision by giving it another go! 🙂

    1. Baby & Beyond said on June 15, 2017 3:38 pm:

      Yay I’m so happy to read that. I saw your post about leaving the carrier around the house..made complete sense. I hope Karma gets comfortable with it soon. Good luck!

  2. Ekta said on June 15, 2017 1:17 pm:

    Your baby looks so comfortable! 🙂 Comes very handy during travel.

    1. Baby & Beyond said on June 15, 2017 3:36 pm:

      Yes absolutely…very useful and convenient during travel.

  3. Lata said on June 15, 2017 2:23 pm:

    Lovely post! I have loved babywearing until my kids were 12 or max 18 years old. Then I moved to a stroller 🙂

  4. manveen said on June 15, 2017 9:56 pm:

    I’ve never had the opportunity to wear my babies…lets say I just didn’t know much about it. Now thanks to such posts, I can share the word.

    1. Baby & Beyond said on June 16, 2017 11:15 am:

      Yes I think a lot of knowledge about this is being shared now-a-days. My sister didn’t know about babywearing when she had her first baby. After seeing my experience and reading my posts she says she is now a “babywearing convert” with her second baby 🙂

  5. Kavita Singh said on June 15, 2017 11:45 pm:

    It is my fav too, especially for the cuddles part 😀 . Thank you for sharing this. @momtasticworld

    1. Baby & Beyond said on June 16, 2017 11:15 am:

      The cuddles are the best <3

  6. Nayantara | MommyingbabyT said on June 16, 2017 1:28 am:

    I cannot imagine any other way of carrying babyT. Love baby wearing.

  7. Vaidehi said on June 16, 2017 8:07 am:

    My toddler is 18 months I carry him in baby carrier. I love it.

  8. Shipra Trivedi said on June 16, 2017 11:26 am:

    Very carried my baby this way as my family members (specially MIL) didn’t like it. But I love the concept of baby wearing. Great post 🙂

  9. Veena said on June 16, 2017 3:07 pm:

    I wore my 2nd knee for a while. But never really on a long term basis because she was so fidgety and didn’t like it at all.

    Now we don’t really need it except when we are traveling

    1. Baby & Beyond said on June 17, 2017 10:46 am:

      It is an absolute boon while travelling.

  10. Vidhi Duggal said on June 16, 2017 8:32 pm:

    I have heard a lot about it but never knew someone who actually tried it, so was still unsure about the comfort level. After reading your post, all my doubts are cleared. Good job.

    1. Baby & Beyond said on June 17, 2017 10:45 am:

      Great to hear that! Hope you are able to try it out too.