About Baby Wearing
I am a true lover of baby wearing! There is something about carrying your baby, after birth that makes you feel so contented and peaceful. For me, baby wearing is a must and I wanted to try lots of different slings and ways to carry my baby.
Quite often baby wearing is a bit misunderstood, Especially by older generations who think that babies only belong in prams to be transported from A to B. I have had some funny looks and comments myself along the way, and I know from hearing stories from other baby wearing parents that it happens a lot. I am glad to say this is changing and more people are becoming aware of the many benefits baby wearing offers. There are more and more parents carrying their children and it’s wonderful to see.
To me, baby wearing has always seemed the most natural of things. You carry your baby inside of you for 9 months, why stop there? I still carry Isabelle now, at 1 year old! I still love it, and guess what.. so does she!
Baby wearing has been around much longer than you might think. It is, and always has been the absolute norm in many cultures across the globe. You can read all about the benefits of baby wearing and why it matters in Dr Rosie Knowles book “Why Babywearing Matters”
All of the slings I have used have been ergonomic, meaning that they correct/support the little ones hip development without putting pressure on babies spine or pelvis. This is very important to check before you buy a sling, as you will want baby to be safe and comfortable.
A few basic checks you can carry out to make sure your little one is safe in their sling are-
- Baby should always have their chin off their chest, this will keep their airways open.
- Baby should always be close enough for you to kiss, this helps you to observe your baby.
- Babies legs and bottom should form an ‘M’ shape The middle, lowest part of the ‘M’ being babies bum and the knees are the highest part of the ‘M’.
Hana Baby Stretchy Wrap
My very first sling was the Hana Baby Stretchy Wrap. This type of sling is the go to for newborns, and in my eyes, is an essential piece of kit in those early days. The Hana Wrap is a lovely soft sling, made of bamboo organic cotton and elastane. It can be used up until your baby weighs 12.5Kg. This wrap is also great for hot and sunny weather, or colder weather. I don’t know how I would have gotten through the early days without this wrap. I had a baby with very bad reflux and was only comfortable when upright. This sling allowed me to still be able to get around the house comfortably and safely when my baby I needed to be close to one another.
The trick with any Wrap sling is getting it on and fastened while juggling baby, but don’t be put off, there are tons of great tutorial videos online which guide you through all kings of Wrap wearing styles. Here is one I used with my Hana Baby Wrap
Wrapahula Ring Sling
My next sling was the Wrapahula Under The Sea Ring Sling. This sling was great for when Belle was a little older, had good head and neck control and wanted to look around more. The ring sling allows baby to sit on your hip whilst being fully supported so that you can be hands free. The Material is light but thick, and perfect for either cooler or warm weather. I love this sling and a little heart broken Belle has out grown it now.
Here is a little video tutorial on how to wear your Ring sling.
I Love this next sling and I should definitely put more time into using it and learning how to Wrap with more styles. It’s the Starry Night by Oscha! This sling is beautiful! My wrap is a size 6 which is perfect for learning new carries. I keep meaning to book myself onto a 1 on 1 sling consultation so that I can learn how to get the most out of this sling. I’ve braved back carries on a few occasions but certainly haven’t mastered it just yet!
Here’s another handy tutorial on how on how to use this style of sling.
Emeibaby Antigua Full Buckle Carrier
This next sling was my most used and my favourite baby carrier of all. The Emeibaby Antigua Full Buckle Carrier. This one is amazing for super fast up’s and down’s. It was great for when Belle was little and we had lots of slingy’ cuddles in this one.
This sling was amazing for traveling overseas and really stood up to the airport security test when you need to quickly remove the sling, pass through security and quickly fasten baby back in.
Beco Toddler Plus One
My current sling is the Beco Toddler Plus One. This is my newest sling and the only one I use at the moment. It is extremely comfortable and makes my 12 month old feel pretty light. This sling is supposed to be used from 18 months plus but my chunky, tall, little monkey fits in perfectly with some room to spare. I LOVE it!
It shares some similarities with the Emeibaby Full Buckle carrier because both are great for fast up’s and down’s and so if you are always on the move, and baby is beginning to outgrow the smaller slings, I would absolutely recommend the Beco Toddler Plus One!
Give It A Try
If you are considering trying baby wearing, whether you are a complete newbie, or you just want to try something a little different. I would highly recommend making enquiries into your local sling surgery. This will be somewhere where you can try out different slings, and see what suits you and your little one the best. There are some great videos on Youtube to demonstrate how to use certain slings. My favourite Youtube channel is Wrap You In Love. It is well worth a look if you want more info on baby wearing.
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Love From Me <3