I decided to try babywearing with my second baby as I found the idea of having both hands free to be able to still do house work and play with Leo very appealing. Life with two children is difficult and sometimes I wonder how I would have survived the last 4 months without putting Alex in a sling. For me, babywearing has been a complete parenting game changer and I am so glad I decided to give it a try.
If you are pregnant and are wondering if babywearing is for you, or perhaps you have a newborn and are desperate to get your hands back then here is a list of 5 reasons why I love babywearing. It might be worth giving it a try, you never know you might just fall in love with it too.
5 reasons to love babywearing.
5. Sleepy sling cuddles This is by far my favourite thing about babywearing and is the thing I was least expecting. We all love a baby cuddle but when your baby is snug and content and resting so close to you it really is such a special feeling. Of course, Leo and I had countless cuddles when he was a baby (we still do) but there is just something a bit different about sling cuddles, I think it’s because you can still do other things if you want to without feeling trapped under your sleeping baby. Also, it is so clear that baby feels right at home in a wrap, cwtched up tight with the oh so familiar sound of mummy’s heart beating away. Alex sleeps so soundly in the sling and even when he’s awake he is always looking up and smiling and we both love the cuddles and Leo doesn’t miss out either as I have my arms free to give him a cwtch too. Everyone wins.
There are so many more reasons why I love babywearing but these are definitely my top 5. If you want to find out even more about using a sling and what babywearing is all about, you might like this interview I did with a lovely mama of 4 I met through Instagram, who is a bit of a babywearing pro in my eyes.
The wrap I am wearing in the photos in this post is the Kari Me stretchy wrap. The material has a two way stretch which makes it really easy to put on and seriously comfortable for mum and baby. Once you get the hang of it the wrap is really quick and easy to tie and you can leave it on all day if you want and just pop baby in and out when you need to. Alex and I loved the Kari Me and, like I said, it has made these last few months of life with two children so much easier than they would have been.
Unfortunately the wrap is now back at the sling library and we are in the process of finding a new sling that works for us. Before Alex was born I had never even seen a stretchy wrap let alone used one so I can honestly say that the Kari Me is a perfect introduction to babywearing and you don’t need to be a sling expert to use it.
If you are interested in giving babywearing a try then I say just go for it. If you find out it’s not for you then no harm done but, you never know, you might just find a way to make navigating your way through life with a new baby just that bit easier.
What are your thoughts on babywearing, do you use a sling with your baby? If you do babywear, what sling do you use? I am currently saving up for an Ergobaby, I’m hoping it won’t take long as Alex and I are missing our sling cuddles. If you are pregnant and are thinking about babywearing, I hope you have found this post useful.
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