Before we get carried away, let’s first get grounded. Now, as a super new mom, I had NO IDEA people “wore” their babies. I knew baby Bjorn’s existed but I thought they were for hiking or long walks where a stroller wasn’t feasible, I never knew it was “a thing.” Not only that, I personally didn’t understand why people even wanted to have their babies on them like that, even at home.
Aaaand then I became a mom and had an entirely new perspective. Crazy how that happens, right? Its pretty much the only time in life where you think 1 thing and then that 1 thing presents itself and you feel like/see things 100% differently. I think that’s a post for another time however!
Going back to Baby Wearing, on a more educative front “Babywearing has been practiced for centuries around the world. In the industrialized world.”1 As we all know, or from what our parents tell us, this has become a relatively new phenomenon in motherhood today, or rather become popular again from centuries ago. This is largely because of “a shift is due to the influence of advocates of attachment parenting. Babywearing is a form of baby transport which can be enjoyed for as long as mutually desired, often until toddlerhood and beyond.”2
Attachment/Baby Wearing parenting has a lot of benefits like
- Creates a more intimate maternal bond which can make breastfeeding easier and reduce post partum depression 3
- Babies who are carried can generally be calmer because they are close to their “Care Giver”
- Resembles the feeling of being in the womb – hearing the mom’s heart beat, warm, snug etc.
Listen, I think its best to take all this information as you wish. In my opinion I agree that it seems very primitive to carry or wear your baby so something tells me it has its benefits. Secondly, forget the research, its just plain practical and cozy too! When I was in the hospital on the first night Parker’s temperature was slightly low so my night nurse put him on my chest for skin to skin and wrapped a muslin around me and him so that I could sleep with him on my chest for the night and it was honestly BLISS! I was so happy and cozy and it was from there on that I loved baby wearing.
Now again, I loved the closeness/cozy factor and secondly, I loved how much I could get done with a sleeping happy baby on my chest. That being said, I was also worried about creating a habit, as much as I loved it, I didn’t want it to become something where I would find myself saying “he only sleeps on me” or “he just wants to be held by mommy.” I cherish my free time whether at the house or out of the house and wanted to ensure P could sleep on his own. Let me do a final preface with saying this did NOT matter the first 3 weeks cause they are just too tiny for any habits to be formed and YES we can argue that no habits until 6 months can be formed but I was also worried about it being a habit for ME!
So without further a due, here are my favorite baby carriers and what they are each great for in their own way.
1. Solly Baby Wrap - $65 (There are cheaper ones like the Boba ($40) or K’tan ($50) and Moby ($45)). The Solly is the only one I’ve tried and I LOVE it. I used it from birth and still am today with my nearly 6-month-old 22 pounder. Its great for:
a. Travel – so light and easy to put in your purse and easy for the airport/airplane
b. Summer – the lightweight nature makes it more comfortable for hotter temps
c. Comfortable – the flex material makes its comfortable to wear on your body
d. Head Support – I love the little pull over ability for the baby’s head, Parker has slept a LOT in this wrap on walks, in the airport or even at home
2. Baby Bjorn - $53. The Bjorn is really great for longer treks. If you want to go for a long walk and your baby is bigger, its perfect. Also, I find this one the most DADDY Friendly one. Bjorn for the following reasons
a. Daddy Friendly – Personally my hubby was more comfortable with using this one
b. Outwards Facing – Once they get bigger and more sturdy, they can face out which is very cool
c. Back Support – this one has great back support for the mom or dad
d. Head Support -also incredible head support but not ideal for sleeping. In my opinion, felt he was “secured” enough to my chest to make dozing off as cozy
3. Sakura Bloom (Ring Sling) - $98. Now this one is expensive but I felt it was worth it right away in the material that it has. We went for the linen one and you could just feel the support in it. Love the Bloom because
a. Best for Tasks – Loved using this one for the simple day-to-day tasks while Parker was awake. He’d hang off my hip while I make his food, coffee for me or fold laundry.
b. Hip Holding – I felt once he got older he was less interested in being chest to chest all the time, this is amazing for letting them hang off your hip
c. Lightweight – Similar to Solly, its light and easy to transport anywhere
d. Easy to Put on – this was key! Bjorn takes time, Solly Wrap, you have to master this. Sakura, its easy and fast!
Hope this helps you mamas! Be sure to read/watch the instruction videos for the carriers too, just to make sure its on perfectly!
Happy Baby Wearing!
2. Blois, M, MD. (2005). Babywearing: The Benefits and Beauty of This Ancient Tradition. Pharmasoft Publishing.
3. Regulation of anxiety during the postpartum period"", Lonstein, Joseph S., Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology, Volume 28, Issues 2-3, August–September 2007, Accessed 2009-05-09