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Adventures in Babywearing

October 13, 2010
I first discovered babywearing when my son had colic. At the time, I was reading the book by Dr. Sears called “The Fussy Baby Book.” One of the things that Dr. Sears advises most for fussy, colicky babies is babywearing. I was fortunate enough to have a sister-in-law who made baby slings and showed me how to make one. Here is a picture of it:

My first baby sling

I guess some babies can have trouble transitioning outside the womb, and therefore can become fussy and colicky. I’m not exactly sure if that was the reason behind my son’s colic, but the sling definitely helped. I loved having him close to me, especially while doing things around the house (there was only so long I could go without vacuuming, which also helped with colic!).

SLING TIP FROM DR. SEARS: The womb lasts eighteen months:
Nine months inside mother, and nine months outside.
Dr. Sears on Baby Wearing
 
With my second son, babywearing came very natural for me. I carried him from a very young age and am still carrying him today at 10 months old. Having a toddler and an infant can be quite challenging. With my first son, I used my stroller when going to the park or the mall, but that doesn’t work so well now. I have to constantly run around trying to keep up with my toddler, and using a stroller doesn’t always work for me. It becomes a nuisance trying to push it around…especially on the playground!
So, where do I wear my baby? EVERYWHERE!

In my Mei Tai at "Touch a Truck"

When Getting my Baby to Sleep

Zoo Atlanta in a Freehand Baby Carrier

Southeast Railway Museum in my Boba

North GA Fair in my Organic Boba

At home while getting my mail

Babywearing has been a total blessing for me, but not without some challenges. When using a Baby Bjorn and Mei Tai, I found that my back and shoulder would hurt every time I carried my big baby boy. I knew I wanted to still carry my baby but he was growing at a rapid rate and my small frame was not supporting his weight. Thankfully, the Lord put me in touch with Amber Stevens, owner of Heavenly Hold.  

 

 

 

 

Amber helped me find the perfect carrier for me, my back, and my big baby. She is an expert on babywearing, baby carriers, and natural parenting.  She also offers Babywearing Demo Parties in the Atlanta area where you can try out different slings and carriers. But the best thing about Amber is that she is a gentle spirit who loves Christ and helping others. To find the perfect baby carrier for you, Amber is a wealth of knowledge! You can visit her website at: www.HeavenlyHold.com or her facebook page

Well, I hope you too will enjoy the benefits and adventures in babywearing. 

 Your baby will LOVE you for it!

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. October 14, 2010 2:17 pm

    Super sweet post! I love that you mention that Dr Sears says Nine months in and nine months out too! Hugs!!!

  2. October 14, 2010 2:27 pm

    Saw your post via HeavenlyHold! Great post! I have loved babywearing my first (who is 9 months). It has been such a blessing… I love wearing her! I just met Amber through Koala Mommas, and I love meeting other baby wearing mamas!!

    • October 15, 2010 6:54 pm

      Hi Lindsay! I have wanted to visit a Koala Mommas meeting for some time now. I was supposed to go to the last one that Amber went to but wasn’t able to make it. I hope to make one soon so I hope to see you there! Thanks for your response. Happy Babywearing!

  3. October 14, 2010 2:31 pm

    Great post, I love baby wearing, my new favorite carrier is the organic Ergo it’ll be good even when baby is 40lbs so I’m pretty impressed. Happy Blogging!

  4. October 14, 2010 3:28 pm

    I didn’t wear my first baby too much because she was just fussy all the time, including when I was wearing her! But now that she’s 2 and I’m due to have a little boy in January I’m planning on carrying him everywhere. We are much busier than I was with Emma and I know I’ll need to be walking this weight off – he’ll have to come with us. 🙂 I bought a sleepywrap and can’t wait to try it out! I think my daughter might have liked being carried more if I’d had a wrap-style carrier, so I’m hoping this makes a difference. 🙂 I’m also planning on getting a Boba and then I think I’ll be covered when it comes to carriers.

    Nice to meet you, your blog is off to a great start!

    • October 14, 2010 6:47 pm

      Thanks Lindsey! Oh you will LOVE LOVE the Boba. It’s the best! Maybe you will be like me and have a more laid back baby the second time around. My first was very fussy but the 2nd is laid back for the most part. I was very consistent with putting him in the sling and carrier from the very start so I know that made a difference. I don’t know what I would do without my Boba. I love your blog. I’m gonna go and read more when I get a sec. Hope you have a wonderful birth and I wish you the best!

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