To say Lucy enjoys being worn is an understatement. She requires it. There are periods throughout the day when she will fuss and cry, so I will nurse her. She’ll eat her fill and throw another fit. So I’ll walk around with her. That does no good and eventually I realize she is asking for the sling.
Lately I am skipping the middle step and when she fusses after a feeding I immediately reach for the sling.
There is just something about being snuggled tight against mommy and away from the noises of her brother and sister that instantly calms her and puts her to sleep.
Her favorite carriers are the Sleepy Wrap (which is pictured to the left) and the ring sling. My favorite to put on is the mei tai since it is so quick and comfy for me. But turns out Lucy doesn’t fall asleep in it as quickly and finds it uncomfortable. And while I know my Beco Butterfly 2 carrier has an infant insert, I have not tried to wear her in it yet. I think once she is holding her head up she will like it more – if she doesn’t like the Mei Tai what makes me think she’ll like a soft structured carrier?
So I wear her, multiple times a day.
It saves my sanity because I don’t have to listen to her scream and cry. As she relaxes and sleeps on my chest, my emotions calm down too. And if there are clothes to hang up in the closet, those get tackled! It is one of the few chores I can do that puts her to sleep.
It saves me time because she falls asleep so quickly! Oh my goodness, it is funny sometimes. That really frustrating thing is when she doesn’t fall asleep super quickly. That is when I start pacing the floor and rolling my eyes. These times are not so good for my sanity. But eventually she does fall asleep, 95% of the time. And those 9 times out of 10, I am relieved – no exuberantly happy – that all it took was a quick wrap and walk and she was out!
And boy does it save my muscles. I have tried to walk around the house carrying her when she is crying to be held. My arms are dead in the first 10 minutes. She is a hefty 11.5 pounds and growing fast. The Sleepy Wrap is such comfy material and when I put it on correctly, it distributes her weight evenly. The ring sling? Not so much. It does not save my muscles as much as it just gives me a free hand. I don’t use my ring sling for long periods of time.