27 Apr 2016

#atozchallenge W is for Wearing Your Baby

Today I'm continuing with the A-Z Blogging Challenge! The aim is to write a post for every day of the month except for Sundays, with each post representing a different letter of the alphabet. This year, since I've just become a mum for the first time, my theme is: 'an A-Z of Newborn Care'. I'll be talking about all the highs and lows of parenting, sharing things that have been useful for me and posting some cute pictures.

For the letter 'W' I have chosen to talk about Wearing your baby. 
'Baby Wearing' basically means wearing your baby in a carrier or sling as you go about your daily life. The benefits of wearing your baby are that it comforts your baby to be close to you, they get a good vantage point from which to watch lots of activities and you get to carry on with your usual chores and errands with your hands free. 

We have a Baby Bjorn original carrier and my husband really likes that as it's quite sturdy and he can get on with tasks around the house while she sits in it comfortably. I recently discovered there's some concern about those types of carriers though, as apparently the way the way they dangle from the crotch like that is not good for their hip development, so we use it sparingly. 

I recently met up with my local sling library (you can probably find yours on Netmums) and hired a stretchy wrap that I can wrap around my body to support my little one at the front. I liked it so much that I've now bought one. I find it really easy to use and it's much comfier for me than the structured carrier (probably because the weight is distributed more evenly across my shoulders and back). My little one loves it as she likes to be warm and snuggled against me. She normally falls asleep in it, so I just stretch the fabric across her head to support her neck. It's really handy for when I want to pop out with her and don't want the hassle of bringing the pram.

If you're interested in babywearing, you can find out more here.


If you have kids, do you/did you babywear? If so, which sling or carrier do you recommend?


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