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post #21 of 31
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Wow...one week, good for you for being so resourceful in your case, that is one quick turn around. What are you currently using for a carrier now? I used the Moby for ever, as a front carry, and did occasionally use it to back carry as DS got bigger but I found it difficult to do on my own, and not really conducive to taking him in and out of it on my own. I use an ERGO to back carry now and LOVE it. It is So simple and I can easily pop DS in and out with out any assistance or spotting from another person. I am home alone with 14 month DS a lot so I needed to have a carrier that I could use alone. I stil front carry DS a lot too, bc he just likes it, but back carrying is easier for me to do when I need to accomplish household chores like cooking and laundry as well as for long walks/hikes. Hope that helps!

post #22 of 31
Thread Starter 

Wow...one week, good for you for being so resourceful in your case, that is one quick turn around. What are you currently using for a carrier now? I used the Moby for ever, as a front carry, and did occasionally use it to back carry as DS got bigger but I found it difficult to do on my own, and not really conducive to taking him in and out of it on my own. I use an ERGO to back carry now and LOVE it. It is So simple and I can easily pop DS in and out with out any assistance or spotting from another person. I am home alone with 14 month DS a lot so I needed to have a carrier that I could use alone. I stil front carry DS a lot too, bc he just likes it, but back carrying is easier for me to do when I need to accomplish household chores like cooking and laundry as well as for long walks/hikes. Hope that helps!

post #23 of 31
Thread Starter 

Wow...one week, good for you for being so resourceful in your case, that is one quick turn around. What are you currently using for a carrier now? I used the Moby for ever, as a front carry, and did occasionally use it to back carry as DS got bigger but I found it difficult to do on my own, and not really conducive to taking him in and out of it on my own. I use an ERGO to back carry now and LOVE it. It is So simple and I can easily pop DS in and out with out any assistance or spotting from another person. I am home alone with 14 month DS a lot so I needed to have a carrier that I could use alone. I stil front carry DS a lot too, bc he just likes it, but back carrying is easier for me to do when I need to accomplish household chores like cooking and laundry as well as for long walks/hikes. Hope that helps!

post #24 of 31
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Sorry for double post :)

post #25 of 31

We LOVE babywearing in our house!  I've worn both kids, but I wear my son far more often than I did my daughter.  De is almost six months old and has been worn since day one.  

So to break it up most efficiently....

 

Why babywearing is good for - 

 

Me!

- Easy to hands-free nurse, or nurse discretely in public

- Great bonding between me and baby

- I have both hands free to do whatever I need!

- Great exercise

- Easy to keep son safe and sound and really cue into his needs

- Much easier doing things like grocery shopping, walking older kiddo to school, ect

- Strollers are, quite frankly, a PIA to maneuver around stores and such.  Babywearing is a total cinch in tight spaces, crowds, ect.

- Son can fall asleep in ERGO quite easily, meaning I can enjoy activities with a sleeping baby on my chest and not have to worry about waking him up.

- Carriers in general are super cute!  Really.  They jazz up any "I just had a baby" outfit.  Yoga pants and a tank?  No one will notice with your adorable carrier and adorable baby strapped on the front of you!

- Easier to pop kiddo in and out of than getting a stroller in and out of the car at each stop (I don't know about ya'll, but I do a lot of errands around town and a car is a must in my city)

- Totally portable!  I keep a carrier at home and one in the car.  I can fit one in the diaper bag if I need to, travel easily with one, ect.

- Makes any activity pretty enjoyable because I get to bond with my baby!

- Way easier to do physical stuff - hiking, walking bumpy trails, walking through brush, ect.

- My six year old doesn't try to take off with the stroller.  Babywearing allows me to keep baby safe from her eager, maternal hands and keep two hands open for her!  She feels more included when she has a two-handed mama.

- I often see mamas pushing a stroller with one hand and carrying a baby with the other because the baby got tired of sitting in a stroller away from mom.  Babywearing eliminates this debacle :)

 

Partner 

- Provided a way for my partner and our son to bond

- Gave DP an efficient way to soothe our son, which in turn was way better for us as a couple.

- Allowed him really personal time with our son that helped them get to know one another and helped my DP become more intuitive to DS' needs.

- When I'm away, DP is able to put the baby to sleep really, really easily in the Ergo.  It's less stressful for both us knowing that DP has it covered, and frees me up quite a bit.

- It eliminated a lot of jealousy DP had over DS when he was a newborn.  Once DP was able to join in, he didn't feel so distant from DS and I.

- Alright, vain, but...women love a babywearing man, and my DP loves the attention :)  He got stopped at Renn Fest by a woman who said "you are SO SEXY with that baby on your chest!"...what man wouldn't love that?

 

Son

- Gives him great bonding time with both Mom and Dad

- Allows him to see the world from the safety of Mom or Dad's body

- Makes him feel more secure going into new situations

- He is able to withdraw if he feels overwhelmed, and he also gets his needs met far more rapidly than if he were in a stroller.

- He has a safe place to fall asleep in a strange or new place, or even just out in public.

- He isn't pushed head-first into a crowd

- Instant breastraunt access

 

I'm definitely not a stroller hater (we have one somewhere!), but honestly, we just never need it.  Babywearing suits everyone's needs and wants and keeps us pretty happy as a family.  It makes baby happy, which makes mom and dad happy, which keeps us happier as a couple.  It's a lifesaver to be able to share a lot of responsibility with DP and it helps keep us in check and feeling like we both chip in to help care for DS.  It eliminated that power struggle between us, wherein I was resentful that I was doing so much and he was resentful that there was nothing he could really do, thus he felt left out.  Now it's kind of DP's responsibility to wear him when he's around, and my responsibility to wear him when DP is not around.  That means that I actually get a few free minutes ON MY OWN and don't have the guilt of my baby being left unattended or alone somewhere.  Babywearing really is a win-win for everyone!

post #26 of 31
I don't mean to be a sour puss, but I just can't see how using a carrier is so much easier than a stroller. When I was pregnant I was very attracted to the idea of wearing my son. I have 4 different carriers and I love my moby and ergo. My issue was with shopping. If you aren't at a place with a cart do you lug the diaper bag around with you? What if you need to pee? Do you just pee while wearing the kid? It just seems so inconvenient. I wish that I could find more reasons to wear him.
post #27 of 31

I can totally understand your post, owl.  it took a bit of a learning curve, but yes, I learned to pee with the ergo on haha.  the diaper bag HAS posed a bit of a problem and I believe I'll be investing in a very comfy backpack to deal with that.  also, I like the carrier for malls and such so that we don't have to battle crowds with a stroller.  I find it much easier to maneuver through lots of people (and we live in a big city with a very crowded mall) with a carrier versus a stroller.  I tend to just carry bags with me.  That said...when I'm with my sister, I do like that I can put the bags in her stroller lol.  I dont think there is any perfect solution, but for us, a carrier is just more convenient. That's not to say that strollers never are, at all.  They come with a different set of conveniences.  I think it's about finding what works best for your family!

post #28 of 31
Owl I use both depending on what the task at hand is. If I'm grocery shopping, then weari f him is easier because it keeps the cart empty. If we are going to the mall, I usually wear him in a maya ring sling AND bring the stroller. Sometimes he starts in the stroller, but eventually wants to be near me, so he ends up in the sling. Right now I just have the moby (used mostly when he was a newborn) and the maya ring sling, which I love!
post #29 of 31
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Originally Posted by OwlMama6 View Post

I don't mean to be a sour puss, but I just can't see how using a carrier is so much easier than a stroller. When I was pregnant I was very attracted to the idea of wearing my son. I have 4 different carriers and I love my moby and ergo. My issue was with shopping. If you aren't at a place with a cart do you lug the diaper bag around with you? What if you need to pee? Do you just pee while wearing the kid? It just seems so inconvenient. I wish that I could find more reasons to wear him.

It really is all in your perspective. I have never pushed my Ds in a stroller ever, unless it was for me to go running with him (kinda hard to run with a kiddo on your back, their poor head) My Ds is 14 months old and when I watch people with strollers I just don't get it. I LOVE being able to walk where I want, and not worry about if it is stroller friendly (the woods, tops of mountains, grocery stores, places with a lot of stairs, etc. It is liberating. Also babies like to be near their loved ones. They will grow up soon enough and I didn't want to start "pushing my son away from me" from day one. I have learned to pee and baby wear, as well as pretty much eveything else, shower, etc, go out to dinner, wash my hair, cook...the list goes on and on. Also I don't use a diaper bag....I like the ergo bc it has the front little pouches. I toss in a few diapers, and a change of clothes and off we go!

 

I'm glad that you have found a system that works for you...that is really all that matters, and that is what I try to drive home in my baby wearing workshops!

post #30 of 31

I couldn't have survived DS2's babyhood without wearing him. He craved constant contact with mama, so that's what I gave him.

 

We also use strollers with our kids, and sometimes it is easier than babywearing, especially when they get bigger. DS1 was a big baby who didn't like being worn after 9 months or so, and I was grateful for the stroller. But DS2 would still be on my belly/back if I would let him, and he's 4.5! I definitely peed while he was in the Ergo on numerous occasions. It's easy once you get used to it :).

post #31 of 31

Babywearing has made it so I can do stuff like make brownies:

 

 

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