Ok so it’s obvious we love babywearing and today we’re going to tell you why. There are many incredible articles out there that touch on the vast benefits of babywearing but I feel like there is one thing that is always forgotten. The one thing that always bring me back to it. So here it is.
Our top 10 babywearing benefits (for parents):
- Hands Free – Function as a human without your arms cramping and falling off.
- Full Heart – Who doesn’t love looking down and seeing a sweet little face?
- Peace of Mind – Grocery shop or cross the street without your little one trying to get in front of a car.
- Sleepy Baby – Babies nap so well when near your body, and we all know a rested baby is a….
- Happy Baby – And happy baby equals happy everyone else.
- Feeding on the Go – Breast or bottle…it can be done while pushing your toddler on a swing at a park or in an aisle of home depot.
- Exercise – Walk the stairs with a baby on your back or hit up a babywearing ballet class!
- Less Stuff – I hate breaking out the stroller and infant carseat and all that crap for a quick stop. Who’s with me?
- Fashion – Whether a thin spring pastel ombre or a high end shimmery black and silver design, wraps (similar to scarves) can pull together an outfit.
I know I’m not alone when I say becoming a mother for the first time makes you feel…well…alone. Even a person with the most incredible support system in place will feel like they were flipped upside down and shit on (literally). For me, the combination of the birth trauma, post partum pain, lack of sleep, and anxiety (over just about everything) really threw me for a loop. When I was pregnant I knew life was going to change. I knew I wouldn’t be able to sleep in until 10am if I wanted, travel on a whim, or workout for a few weeks. Talk about being completely ignorant. The truth was, I wasn’t going to sleep like EVER. And not only can I not travel on a whim but I couldn’t even use the damn bathroom on a whim. Working out? Ha! How about just getting through the day without excruciating pain. While I did have a lot of support, it was hard for me. Really hard.
For a little while, I didn’t recognize my life. I didn’t recognize myself.
Enter babywearing. The learning curve was a bit steep but once I got comfortable, I knew I’d be forever passionate about tying my baby on my body and going about my day. It allowed me to return to my pre-baby life as much as I could. Cook us dinner and eat with two hands? No problem. Get back to photography? No problem. Walk up and down the beach? No problem. After all it takes in becoming a mom, when you get off that pregnancy/post-partum rollercoaster and the dust settles there is nothing, I mean nothing, better than feeling like yourself again.
The even better news is that once you get YOU back, you then realize that you’re not just you again but you’re a “super-you”. You’re making dinner AND experiencing their first smile. You’re being productive at work/home AND making a baby laugh. You’re walking on a beach AND your movement is allowing your baby the best nap of his life.
From feeling completely out of control to feeling accomplished and empowered. That’s what babywearing is to me. And that’s why I want to share it with you.
Fanstastic Image by Nik Riggs Photo
Be sure to check out our babywearing basics page for more information on types of carriers, babywearing safety, etc.