Benefits of Baby Wearing

Posted 07-29-2010 at 07:49 PM by whitneywalters

I was introduced to baby wearing by a friend when I was still pregnant with my oldest son. I thought I would give it a try so I asked for a couple styles of slings at my baby shower. I ended up getting four different styles, a native, a mei tai, a bjorn and infantino sling.

After my son was born I tried them all out. I used the infantino sling once and decided I hated it, it was too warm and I felt like he could not breathe.  I thought the bjorn was uncomfortable but, I really liked the other two. I used my mei tai more than anything.

I soon fell in love with baby wearing, I loved holding my son and putting him a stroller when he was so little just did not feel right to me. I wore him every chance I got. Even my husband loved baby wearing.

It was nice to be out in public and be able to nurse him in the sling and no one even knew he was eating. It stopped strangers from touching him when we were out and about and best of all he went to sleep every time he was in the sling.

I liked being able to have my hands free to do other things and when he was teething it kept him calm while I was working on other things. I was able to clean, hang laundry and do so much more while he was happily in the sling.

My second child came into the world a short fifteen months after my son. She was a very challenging baby who did not like to be held by any one other than mama. She also cried a lot. Baby wearing kept her happy and kept me sane!

I have tried several other slings now but I have two all-time favorites. I really like my moby wrap and my mei tai.

My third child is now nine months old, I have been wearing her from birth and I tried using a stroller with her the other day and she did not like it at all. I popped her into the sling and she was a happy camper.

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8 Responses to “Benefits of Baby Wearing”

  1. MyKzooFamily on July 30th, 2010 6:33 pm

    I’ve never done baby-wearing, but after reading this, I’m definitely going to give it a try with #2! :)

  2. ade on August 3rd, 2010 5:13 pm

    How are each of those on your back? I have a mammas milk baby sling and that thing will kill you.

  3. TrivMama on August 3rd, 2010 7:41 pm

    I loved wearing my son! He is now 16.5 months and weighs 25 pounds; too heavy for me now. (I don’t wear him unless he is in the hiking Kelty.) I made a ring sling when he was four months old, and I wish I had done it sooner! It would have probably kept me more sane the first couple of months. I also agree that it was great for nursing, (even though my boy has always been a kicker when he nursed)! I even nursed him at six months at a dinner with my mom’s boss, for my mom’s work anniversary. And right after he nursed I rocked him to sleep in the sling. Although I don’t have another child yet, I did just win a moby wrap off of ebay and I can’t wait to try it with the next little one that comes our way!

  4. Jenifer on August 3rd, 2010 7:53 pm

    i really wish the picture on the main page showed a baby in a correct position. This article is “ok” in my opinion, but from a babywearing educational standpoint should have hit on key points.

  5. lisaluvsfritz on August 6th, 2010 1:25 am

    I love babywearing too! Completely changes your life! Great post!

    Sidebar: the “stock” photo they must’ve used on the main page for your article shows a couple with a baby in a crotch-dangler forward facing out. It bothers me when I see pics like this because it makes people think that that is an ok position for babies. It is not. Here’s why:

    It also bothers me when I see pics showing babies in the cradle carry—this is how babies suffocate! That carry is only good for nursing. Keep your babies HIGH AND TIGHT, WITH HEADS CLOSE TO KISS!

  6. vqjohnston on August 10th, 2010 11:16 pm

    I just recently started looking at a baby ktan carrier! i think im going to order one when i get paid this thurday and am super excited to ue it! =) i also like the idea of a moby wrap they are both very similar

  7. charmommy on August 31st, 2010 4:29 pm

    I love baby wearing! I use a Moby Wrap and absolutely LOVE IT. My 9 month old is happiest when being ‘worn’ and being that she is my third child, I have to say I wish I’d discovered the benefits a LOT sooner!! :)

  8. evelyns mama on September 2nd, 2010 10:44 pm

    I own a Moby and a Bjorn. I like both for different reasons. The Moby is super comfortable and my daughter loves how snuggly it is. I used it a lot when she was first born. Now that she’s a little bigger (5 months) I find the Bjorn a little easier for short walks or trips to the store (mainly because it’s faster to put on). My daughter definitely prefers carriers over her stroller. She gets restless in her stroller within 15 minutes, but will stay in her carrier forever. :)

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