It is a good thing I love to baby wear, because I have a feeling that is the only way I will keep baby happy while I chase after Lizzie and Bubs. Plus, how else do you go grocery shopping with a wobbly wee baby and 2 very young children? You can’t use the infant car seat – where will you put the food?
There is something so snuggly about wearing your baby. Just walking around patting Bubs’ little tushie in my Moby could calm me down and make me feel so relaxed and happy. I don’t know all the technical jargon about hormones and endorphins, I just know it feels so good!
I am going to have one of each type of carrier for this little baby and I am so excited! The only carrier I do not have in my “stash” is a woven wrap. There are so many benefits to woven wraps and makers like Didymos make me want some gorgeous weaves.
Babywearing is almost a hobby as there are so many different types of carriers and brands of each type. I have met moms that have a nice collection of wraps and slings! If you are not as familiar with babywearing let me point you to a few helpful links:
TheBabyWearer.com – this is a forum where baby wearing folks across the globe come to chat about their favorite types, newbies ask questions, people sell their used carriers and so much more. They have a ton of helpful links and articles, but let me warn you – only go and read their articles if you have time. There is a ton of information on there.
The Sling Station – this article gives a very brief run down of all the different types of baby carriers on the market today. So if I use a few terms you aren’t familiar with you can check out this page and see a photo of what I mean.
The best carriers for newborns:
From what I have read online, (and I have read a lot about babywearing newborns) stretchy wraps and ring slings rate highest for comfort for newborn babywearing. They are the most versatile carriers and easiest to nurse a teeny one in.
In November I will be reviewing the Sleepy Wrap – a stretchy wrap that can be worn in a huge variety of ways – even wearing a toddler!
(P.S. This photo is from Amazon.com. There are a ton of wonderful images other Sleepy Wrap users have submitted to the Sleepy Wrap photo gallery. I wanted to use one but without permission I felt kinda bad – so go check out that wonderful gallery for yourself!)
The other perfect sling for a newborn is a ring sling. You can use the long tail to cover up when you nurse. I have done this before at a wedding at a table full of young single girls that had no idea what was going on under that fabric. (Good thing too cause I bet they would not have been comfortable if I would have just “whipped it out”) Here is a photo of me at that wedding with David in the ring sling. I loved it then and I can’t wait to wear my little girl in one!
You will notice that I am not wearing it 100% properly. First, the rings are a bit too low. They are supposed to be at “corsage level” or near you armpit, right above your breast. His arm is hitting the rings and that can’t be comfortable for him. I had only been using this ring sling less than a week so I was still learning the nuances of wearing a ring sling.
I just bought a ring sling from “Rockin Baby Sling” and can’t wait to put her in it! They are going out of business, sadly. To deplete their inventory they are selling everything at a greatly reduced rate and I purchased my amazing ring sling for only $40! Here is a photo of it:
See how high up her rings are? That is proper positioning. And I love that it has a nifty little pocket. How cute! The only things I did not like about wearing David in the ring sling were how difficult it was to adjust my ring sling and how tired my shoulder would get after awhile. I have learned that the type of fabric you use in the ring sling will determine how difficult it is to loosen and tighten in the rings. I dream of owning a silk Sakura Bloom ring sling – I hear it slides in those rings like butter!
As for the shoulder – that just comes from putting on the weight on one shoulder, and David was a heavy little guy. That is why if you are going to wear the little one for long periods of time, distributing the weight evenly across your back and both shoulders is necessary and a wrap, Mei Tai or Soft Structured Carrier is the best solution.
Have you ever worn a newborn or small infant? What are your favorite carriers? I can’t wait to wear my little girl!