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?
Christina, loving being a Mama to three and serving as a Co-Leader of the Holistic Moms Network, Tri-City Area, CA Chapter.
We decided to Babywear because it was the best way to bond with our babies. My babes love to snuggle in close, it keeps them from crying as much and we both love being so close! With baby #3 on the way babywearing will be a life saver so that I can be hands free to wrangle my other two! :)
I love baby wearing. The baby is close to you comfortable and they don't fuss, as oppossed to placing them on a carrier or a stroller. You can also nurse them while in the carrier. I also like the fact that good carriers are very easy to wear, light and easy to bring along wherever you go. They are also helpful during nap time, you can let the older kids play or you run errands while the baby still gets a quality nap. Helps to keep your kids safe and helps you to be available to interact with your older kids in public places since you have both hands free. I am sure here is alot more. Thank you for the chance to share.
I never really considered NOT babywearing but as a first time mom with multiple sclerosis I knew it would come in handy. I cannot fathom having to grocery shop or cook while holding a baby or infant car seat. I have issues with weakness and balance so baby wearing has been a god send for me as I simply do not have the muscle strength to hold her for very long. I know that she is safe and sound while strapped to my back and it distributes the weight in such a way that my body can handle it.
I've been eying the Boba 3G and would love to try it out.
I'm not sure how I "discovered" babywearing, but I bought a stretchy wrap before DS1 was born and practiced with a teddy bear. It was love at first use! The first time DS fell asleep snuggled up on my chest I knew it was going to be an addicting love affair (not to mention a very helpful tool). I can't wait for our new squishy, so that I can wear 2!
aj- married to JA and mami to Bug (11/09) and Critter (1/12)!
I started babywearing when my daughter was about 4 weeks old. She wanted to be held all the time and if she wasn't in my arms, she was crying! I used a wrap for awhile and started exploring other options as she got bigger. Now babywearing has turned into my favorite way to get errands done without worrying about a toddler running around everywhere. Plus she loves snuggling up to Mommy!
We started babywearing when my daughter was two weeks old. I had never heard of the term before, but I had heard of a local store that carried a variety of baby carriers. I knew I had to have something, since my two week old refused to let me put her down; it certainly didn't feel right leaving her to cry, yet I had to get things done around the house. Babywearing was just the thing for both of us! We were both happy, and because I knew my little one was content, I felt content as well. Even though she's four now, I still occasionally wear my daughter if we're out and about and she's feeling sleepy, or if we're going to be on a hike that's much too long for her. I also lead a group called Bluegrass Babywears in Lexington, Kentucky. We host monthly meetings and outings, and teach mamas (and papas...and grandparents) in our community about all of the various baby carriers available, and how to safely use them, as well as help them choose the one that best suits their needs. We are fortunate enough to host our meetings in a facility that connects to our local natural parenting store, which coincidentally exclusively carries Boba carriers and wraps! I love babywearing and I love that life has given me the opportunity to teach others about it as well!
My decision to wear my baby is based on a strong belief that babies are meant to be close to their mothers. Just because our babies have left the womb does not mean that they no longer find comfort in the sound of of our hearts beating, our warmth, and the gentle swaying of our bodies. I just can't think of a better way to soothe a baby than to wear her with me through out the day!
My husband and I decided to become a baby wearing parents for many reasons. The main being closeness to baby is of high importance during the early days. Baby needs nothing more but to feel love and nurtured by mom and dad. This along with co-sleeping and breastfeeding will aid in forming a strong bond between the three of us. Another reason is we hope baby will learn more by being close to us. We plan to point out and label everyday objects and talk to baby a lot. This will foster rich language development. There are many other reasons, but basically I just want my child to feel loved and to build a trusting relationship with us.
We ultimately decided to babywear because our daughter had severe acid reflux and was a million time more happy when she was upright. I still had chores that I needed to achieve around the house so babywearing is what made most sense to us. To this day my daughter (2.5) LOVES to be worn, I would wear her on my back while cleaning toilets (WHAT A WORKOUT), and just general tasks around the house. I am now pregnant with our 2nd and I think my key to survival while parenting 2 children alone is going to be babywearing. Babywearing makes me feel like I can do anything!!!
When I had my first child he was a very happy, mellow baby, as long as he was being held:). I had a padded ring sling that was given to me and used that but found it challenging. I finally came upon other baby carrier options that worked and I was able to get things done while bonding and being close to my babe. When ds2 was born babywearing went from being something I enjoyed to an abslolute necessity!!! He had sensory issues and needed to be held tightly against me (even then he still cried a bit but it made it much better). It was at that time with a 22 month old and an extremely fussy infant that I learned that it is not necessary to have a baby carrier but at the very least 2. I have not had the opportunity to try a boba but would love to have one for my "collection". I have found that different children have differents likes and needs for different stages of their life and now with an infant and a 2 yr old it is great to have the ability to wear one on the front and one on the back. I am a proud baby wearing mom and talk highly of my favorite carriers. I hope to get the opportunity to make Boba one of those.
nicole , mom to 3 boys here on earth 9, 7 and 4.5 and 2 girl's 2.5 and 10/16/11. Always remembering my babies in heaven: Sam (9/7/05) at 12.5 wks , Morgan (2/13/06) at 6 wks , Emeric (8/9/10 at 17 wks) and Pepper (11/26/10) at 8wks.
It just felt right for us - I never wanted to have my daughters in those little seats or left alone in a stroller and thanks to the various carriers we've tried, I never had to! For our next (due in May), I am dying to try a Boba! This is a great giveaway :o)
I was given a hand-me-down New Native Pouch from my aunt when I was pregnant and then I met some ladies at LLL who showed me all the other types.
It was easy and it works! When my son was little, wearing him helped with fussy evenings. As he has grown older, it is a great way for him to see everything and let mommy manage a squirmy toddler. And I love seeing the big smile when I ask if he wants to ride on mommy's back.
It just makes sense! I feel like a baby should still be taken care of almost as if she were still in the womb. She's been attached to me for over 9 months and it just doesn't make sense to suddenly snatch that from her. And since I have 3 children I need 2 hands free for sure! I wear my baby from about 9 in the morning to 8 at night. I LOVE having my hands free all day. She can nurse and sleep whenever she wants. It's awesome! I must say I would love to try something with padded shoulders! haha She comes out for car rides and diaper changes. lol And this is why I see a chiropractor regularly. ;)
I knew I wanted to wear my baby from the start :) I lived in Germany and the norm is a deluxe and bulky stroller. That came in handy when we made the long walk to town for groceries, but for traveling Europe, getting around on the subway, and making my way through crowded markets baby wearing is the way to go. When my second child was born the wrap became even more useful as it kept my hands free to care for my toddler while still keeping my baby close.
military wife to Eric, mommy to Ani 11/06 and Emi 2/09 and our angels 12/10, and 2/12 and our newest addition Izzy 4/13
close to me and she feels safe and comfortable in her carrier. All we have is each other and that bond is nurtured through babywearing: )
I decided to wear my babies for many reasons, one of the foremost being that I come from a babywearing family. My mom set a great example for me and my sisters by finding a way to do what she intuitively knew was right for her babies, even if it was out of the ordinary for the time. She found Mothering magazines and a group of like minded women to join her on her mothering adventure. This led to me growing up feeling that it is normal and an integral part of parenting to wear your babies close to you body, snuggled next to your heart.
My little guy decided I would baby wear, although I was for it before he decided. :) He would scream if he was away from me for more than 15 minutes (like not physically touching me) until he was 8-9 weeks old. I called his first 3 months my 4th trimester because I walked around with him wrapped to my chest where he could hear my heartbeat for the first 3 months. He was happy and never complained as long as I had him next to my heart. :) I also have a 3 yr old, and baby wearing was a necessity to be able to stay active with my oldest child while caring for the baby. Life definitely doesn't have to come to a halt when you have a new baby in the house if you've got a good carrier. :)