Babywearing wasn’t something I was familiar with. I started noticing parents wearing their children when I was pregnant. I became intrigued, it looked so comfy. I had to learn more.
What is Babywearing?
It is exactly as it sounds, wearing your baby using a wrap or carrier.
After giving birth, I really found a need for a carrier. So I messaged a friend who I saw who posted pictures wearing her baby and she directed me to a facebook group of women in my community who babywear. The group had regular meet-ups and everyone was welcome. There is always a baby carrier seller and expert there to answer questions and brings a variety of carriers for mommies and babies to try.
Different types of Baby Carriers
At the meet-up I learned there is a variety of carriers shown in the image below:
After trying a few different ones out, I decided to move forward with doing a consultation with the baby carrier seller at her home where she had even more carriers to try.
Choosing the right carrier for you
Baby carriers are all about what is comfy for you and your baby. So its really important to try a few before making your decision. The second I put my baby in the Chimparoo Mei Tai she snuggled right in so I pulled the trigger and made the purchase. I bought a colour my husband would wear too so he could enjoy the carrier. As she got older and more wiggly I found tying up the Mei Tai more cumbersome so we made the switch to the ever coveted Tula. Tula’s I learned is like being a member of a club. Tula parents out in public head nod at our Tula wearing parents. They even have their own hashtag #TITW (Tula in the wild).
Benefits of Babywearing
There are a number of reasons why we babywear, here are a few below:
- First of all, what freedom to have your arms back!
- Babies who are worn cry less
- Ditch the stroller, making it easier to travel and grocery shop
- Effortless bonding with baby
- Safer for child to be strapped in a carrier then on the hip (falls, child abduction)
- Parents can keep the baby warm
I would encourage parents to give babywearing a trying. Its cozy and allows you to get stuff done. Everyone is different and there is a carrier out there for everyone.
What carrier do you think would be best for you?