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11-16-2011 10:51 AM
sarah_bella1050

I started wearing my babies because I wanted to cut out the middle-man.  Why was my snuggly baby in carseat bucket and I was carrying that heavy bucket?  Why was she in a stroller and I was holding that and not her?  Parents should hold their babies not plastic, it just seemed natural.

11-16-2011 03:19 AM
bwaybaby918

I wore my daughter because I loved her more than anything in the world and wanted her in my arms as much as possible - simple decision.  After multiple miscarriages, I really treasured my baby.  Babywearing soothed her, helped with breastfeeding, regulated her body temperature when she was sick, but it also soothed ME and created a wonderful post-partum experience!  It was the greatest thing I've ever done, and I'm still wearing her at 2 and a half years old!!

 

That was the reason in my heart for babywearing.  The reason in my HEAD was due to working with young children, as a kindergarten teacher, and noticing the sensory needs that continue to grow more and more with each new class as the years pass.   It's scary how many of these young children are so sensory deprived and engage in seeking behaviors, not to mention lacking in empathy and feeling connected to others.  I wonder often if the containers are responsible for an entire generation of kids who cannot organize themselves in a sensory and social/emotional manner.  Babywearing is hope for the future!

11-16-2011 01:55 AM
nenerae

I heard that the time after birth is really a 4th trimester and having baby close to the heart outside the body is a part of the process to nurture baby into the world. By carrying him/her close to their bodies, Mommy and Daddy both are forming that bond with their lil love as well as the lil one feels safe and cozy! 

11-15-2011 09:08 PM
GG81

I love the benefits of babywearing...and it goes along with everything that "feels right"! 

11-15-2011 08:19 PM
gotomakan

With my first, I wore her because it was fun, and I liked being close to her.  With the second, I wore him out of necessity!! 

11-15-2011 07:40 PM
thefarmprincess

I started babywearing with my first DD when she was a few weeks old, and I found it was the only way to calm her down and get her to nap.  BWing with my new little man has been a lifesaver.  Having an almost 2 year old and newborn means I constantly need a free hand :)

11-15-2011 07:22 PM
by-the-lake

Been wearing babies for years! Love every part of it.

11-15-2011 07:06 PM
jlalger I love to be able to hold my babies all the time, I don't ever want to put them down. With my son I just carried him in my arms all the time but it was hard to ever get anything done. With my daughter I started wearing her using a baby carrier and found out that I can both hold my baby all the time and get things done at the same time. She loves being involved in everything I am doing and I love having her cuddled up with me all the time. She also sleeps so much more peacefully at naptime nestled close to my heart. Baby wearing made my kids calmer and let them experience so much more than they would have in a carseat or stroller, which in turn helps them to be more educated about the world. I would be lost without my baby carrier!
11-15-2011 06:45 PM
FranPT2

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.  :)

11-15-2011 05:10 PM
Pixieleah

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. 

11-15-2011 04:41 PM
willissarahlynn I am a young mother of a gorgeous three month old girl. We are stationed in south korea with my husband and the us army. Being so far away from family and community support and often being left alone for weeks at a time I started baby wearing out of necessity, simply to get things done around the house, grocery shop, etc. Bulky strollers are also not really an option on the uneven narrow roadways of rural korea; ) babywearing has since become so much more than a necessary act. I love having her so
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: )
11-15-2011 04:19 PM
Lisanne

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.

11-15-2011 04:14 PM
Elizabeth Blish

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. ;)

11-15-2011 04:00 PM
thumbel545

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. 

11-15-2011 03:38 PM
MisaGoat

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.

11-15-2011 03:38 PM
SaryStroll

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)

11-15-2011 03:27 PM
Dlynn918 I wore my first baby in 1996. My sling was a gift from a friend who is now a mid wife. My son is now 15 and a kind gentle example of attachment parenting. Baby 2 came along in 2002 and it was nothing short of natural to wear her as well, while I chased around after her brother. 9 years later I am the mom of 3 with baby girl at 8 weeks old and yet another little bird perched lovingly in her sling or wrap. Baby wearing has always been a part of my life and where ever I go someone stops me and asks me about my carrier. I hope along the way I've inspired a parent or two to invest in a carrier and an opportunity to keep your baby safe and sound, close to your heart where they can learn what they live!
11-15-2011 03:25 PM
theboysmama

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.

11-15-2011 03:15 PM
simplyserenity

I wear my babies because it is important to stay close to them. I love that I can get things done and still hold my baby! I "liked" Boba

11-15-2011 03:11 PM
ekraft

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!!!

11-15-2011 02:54 PM
KBNoland

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.

11-15-2011 02:54 PM
mamalerner I knew It felt right to keep my baby close to me at all times, so I wore my first baby from day 1 and still wear her at every opportunity at 2.5 years. Babywearing has now become even more crucial now that I also have a 4 month old. He can nurse and sleep or look around at the world while I take care of his big sister. I love babywearing, I hate to imagine what my life would be like without it.
11-15-2011 02:35 PM
Ethel30 We wear our son because we felt it was the right thing to do for our family!
11-15-2011 02:31 PM
indigolilybear

Love to cuddle the babes and love the convenience..and it just felt right!

11-15-2011 02:17 PM
totallyattached

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!

11-15-2011 02:16 PM
wordywanda I enjoyed sharing the world with my infant daughter at my level as opposed to her experiencing it through the view of a stroller or car seat outside of the car. She attended concerts, shopping outings, strolls and housework before she knew what any of those things were. Hope to have another (sooner than later) and plan to do the same. Babysitter-schmabysitter! I wear my kids and do most things I did before children with them along for the ride.
11-15-2011 02:16 PM
mama2elisabeth

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!

11-15-2011 02:16 PM
ambermiller82 I decided to babywear because when I had my son I decided I was going to rely on my instincts. Babywearing has to be the most natural thing I have some as a parent. I can't imagine not having him close to me. I think it strengthens our bond because he can hear me feel me smell me all day long. My son in turn is learning that his mom will always keep him close and safe.
11-15-2011 02:15 PM
mama2evazoe

I love babywearing.  It is one of the most wonderful things.  It can really make a lot of activities easier plus I love being close to my babies. :)

 

11-15-2011 02:11 PM
Cristine Wait

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! 

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