Once upon a time, in my single and childless days, I worked in a position that allowed me to meet and interact with people on a daily basis. One of the absolute favorite aspects of my job was to see little babies facing the world while strapped to the chest of a proud father. My heart would melt. I looked forward to the days when my future husband and I would babywear. During my first pregnancy, I researched babywearing options. I learned that the style of carriers I was initially so enamored with were actually harmful to the baby's hips and spine. I was amazed at all of the new options available, like the Boba, which support the baby's body while also making the parent comfortable and protecting the back.
I also came to appreciate babywearing not as merely a method of prematurely forcing a baby to "face the world" and interact at a young age, but more importantly, to face mama/papa and develop a strong and loving attachment during the formative months and years. This was a whole new perspective on babywearing that made me even more eager to engage in the practice.
My daughter ended up being born in, shall I say, a "less-than-ideal" fashion and suffered some unexpected consequences. She was unable to latch and nurse successfully for the first four months of her life. I learned several bonding techniques from the fine women on MDC and incorporated skin-to-skin babywearing into my daily routine. Babywearing supported the mother-baby bond while we worked through the nursing struggles. It was a lifesaver when I was having to use my hands to pump and feed an SNS properly! When my daughter finally mastered the latch, I proudly nursed her in her sling and onbuhimo as she snuggled close to me. Her sister took over the sling two years later and I now have a little guy that loves piggy back rides in carriers.
Although my eldest daughter is nearly six years old today, she still very attached to me. I truly believe that babywearing establishes a life-long attachment if it is continually nourished. In fact, I noticed today that she is the only student in her class who is not satisfied with a "blown kiss" as she heads into kindergarten; she insists on a physical hug AND kiss. How awesome is that?
Edited by crbyard - 11/16/11 at 9:47am