Okay, that might be a little dramatic. But it has saved my sanity. And my squish is only 3 months old. I know this wrapping/wearing thing is going to be immensely helpful as he gets older. From when he was just a day old I have been practicing wearing him.
|Two days old, first time wearing the Moby with Cal|
At a Just Between Friends sale I got a Moby and Baby Bjorn(not recommended) and then received a few rings slings as gifts and an Ergo too. The ring slings took a while of wearing to get used to finding the right position. The Ergo is definitely the easiest since it is a soft structured carrier that you just buckle on. But I like the comfort of the Moby. It's soft, stretchy, and with a few YouTube videos it's easy to put on.
A few soon-to-be moms mentioned they don't like babywearing while at a restaurant because it's too hard to eat so they will use an infant carrier instead. I considered this and was worried at first since we opted to go with a convertible car seat but when they are so tiny it's easy. The ring sling was simple to slide him into and he usually just falls asleep so I can talk and eat very easily. I usually try to sit him to the side and not so centered on my body, that way I can scoot up to the table pretty well and he doesn't get too much food on his head.
|First walk at the park, using the Ergo|
As for saving my sanity, there have been times where Cal is just so tired and cranky but has the hardest time falling asleep for a nap and then wakes when I even think about putting him down. So I wear him and let him sleep on me and he takes the longest naps(1-2 hours) and I get that quiet time to read, watch tv, work, or do some light housework.
|Mesh ring sling in the pool. Hugging him close even though he was super secure.|
|Kangaroo carry I made up myself with the Moby wrap|
I'd love to get a woven wrap and have been researching different types. My mom and sister offered to chip in to help pay for it since they can be a little pricey. But they are beautiful and so versatile!
Lately Cal loves to face out so he can see everything so babywearing has been challenging but being able to use a woven and do a back ruck carry would be helpful I think. I am going to the Babywearing International of Tucson meeting this Saturday to try on a woven, learn how to use it and get some tips on buying on.
Motherhood is a lot of work, especially as a new mom just figuring everything out, so being able to make things easier with babywearing has really helped. Plus I know the time he spends so close to me is so important, he feels safer and I relax knowing he is safe and resting. Plus it actually helps with his development to be close to me, not in a stroller or car seat. Yay for attachment parenting!