Everyday Babywearing – Part Of Your Parent Survival Kit

September 16, 2015
Everyday Babywearing – Part Of Your Parent Survival Kit

So the other day I was asked when can I babywear? I, of course, immediately quipped back “when can you NOT babywear?!” Seriously though, as caregivers we hold our little people all the time. Why not give ourselves a break and pop them in a carrier?

Sometimes I think that people are so worried about when, where, and how to babywear that they forget that all it is literally tying your child to you. Sure, there are many, many, many (seriously, there are a lot) different kinds of carriers you can choose. Some are better than others. Of course, the plethora of baby gadgets can get overwhelming for new parents…..actually, for any parent now that I think about it.

But let’s step back, take a deep breath, and remember that babywearing is simply attaching your child to you with a device. As a wearer, we can look down and see if our wearee (And yes, I totally made that word up. Just go with it.) is comfortable and breathing. There is a correct and an incorrect way to wear, we’ll cover that later. Yes, there are some positions that are more comfortable than others and some positions that are downright painful. I just want people to understand that babywearing is a TOOL. It’s something to have in your parent survival kit. When, where, and how you choose to pull it out is all up to you.

Personally, I wear when I’m cooking, when I’m walking, when I’m talking, when I’m eating, when I’m on the phone, when I’m shopping…

I am probably 80% of my non-sleeping time is spent wearing (which, as a single mother of four, is A LOT). When I was in the “sleep in a chair because I have a newborn” stage, I wore when I was sleeping. Some people only wear when they are at home, others only when they are out and about. While there is an incorrect and correct way to wear; there is not, nor will there EVER be, a right or wrong time to wear. You should feel free to wear whenever it feels convenient for you. I will warn you though, once you start you may not ever want to quit!

 

Photo credit Firefly Photography

Rachel McGarity

Rachel McGarity is a single mother of four and happily advocates for all things natural and parenting respectfully. However since she has been babywearing in one capacity or another for twenty years, her ultimate passion is babywearing and bringing it into the everyday lives of all caregivers.

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2 Responses to Everyday Babywearing – Part Of Your Parent Survival Kit

  • Great post! I didn’t babywear too much with my first but let’s face it, there’s not much to do when you only have one mouth to feed and you’re breastfeeding. I would just lay there most days and let the dishes pile up, Just in awe of your little newborn. I held him probably most of his first year of life. But when the second came, baby wearing saved my life. Haha I now had two mouths to feed and one didn’t care if I was sleepy or nursing a newborn. I had to get up and cook, play or clean. My second baby took a lot of his naps in a carrier. I’m thankful for Babywearing of Omaha because I’ve been able to switch out carriers as my baby grows, without it costing me an arm and a leg.

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