Guest Blog Written By: The Fabulous Heather Kemp of Gemini Birth Services
When I say wrapping a baby,
I don’t mean gift wrapping.
Rather, I mean wrapping them to you!
This can be done in the form of a baby carrier or a wrap. Whatever way you choose to transport your baby, here are some things I know about wrapping them:
Taking Care Of Business
I am a mother of 4 and when my youngest came along, as much as it would’ve been nice, the world did not come to a screeching halt. I still had a 2 year old as well as older kids in school, dance, etc. Luckily, I had discovered stretchy baby wraps, like the Moby and Boba (formerly Sleepywrap). I could wrap baby to me and have 2 free hands for doing dishes, making dinner, and reading books to an antsy toddler.
Baby It’s Cold Outside
I also happen to have all winter babies. Living in the Midwest this means cold and germs. Wrapping my baby to me was a great alternative to the heavy little car seat others drag around. I would put the wrap on me at home before putting on my coat, wrap baby in a blanket and carry out to car. When we arrived at the store I could easily slip her into the wrap and bring my coat around both of us. My body heat was able to keep her warm. The added bonus was with her all wrapped up, random strangers wouldn’t try to touch her and cough on her! Win-Win!
Nursing With Ease
Another great advantage to wrapping a baby to you is for when you are breastfeeding. Your child is already right there against your chest. With some minor adjustments to make things more comfortable, you can nurse them right in the baby carrier and again still have your hands free.
Imagine shopping at Costco, while nursing, and not worrying about the stigma that is being put on woman nursing in public.
Everyone around you will just think baby is sleeping.
It is not just for outings though. Doing this at home allows you to nurse a teething, fussy baby and bake some cookies (or at least make the cookie dough…whether it makes it to the oven or not is up to you!)
Don’t Forget The Toddlers
Baby carriers aren’t just for babies though.
You can wrap your toddler too. Imagine going to the zoo and NOT having to bring that giant double stroller or wagon with you. You know your kids are going to complain about tired feet, or try to run ahead, but you don’t want to worry about it. Throw a baby carrier or 2 in your diaper bag. You can wrap one kid on your back and the other on the front, or your partner can wear one while you wear the other.
No more worries about losing your kid in the crowd!
Unless, of course, mommy brain takes over and you start frantically looking for your 5 year old because you forgot he was on your back. Not that it happened to me….
Gotta Find What Works
There are so very many options out there when it comes to wrapping and carrying children. You have to find what works for you and your lifestyle.
Stretchy wraps are good for newborn stage through about 20 pounds, but you cannot use these to carry on your back. They are stretchy which means baby can pull away from you and they is not safe on your back.
You can go more traditional and get a woven wrap, they are good from newborn until toddlerhood. I have even seen people wrap grown adults with these. They are strong, but can be tricky to get the hang of.
Another option is the soft structure buckle carriers. These can be sold with a newborn insert making them safe for newborn through toddler stage. These can usually be worn on your front or on your back and are more modern. They are also a common choice for men as they are easier to figure out.
My favorite option however is the mei tai. This is similar to the soft structured carrier, but instead of buckles it has long straps to tie. I like that my husband and I can quickly trade who is carrying and not have to adjust the buckles to our different sizes.
I would recommend checking Facebook to see
if there is a local baby wearers group to you.
(There is and it can be found HERE - Jessica)
These groups will sometimes have a lending library so you can borrow different carriers to see what you like. Ask around your friends and see what their preferences are and maybe you can try theirs out to see how it feels.
Wrapping babies can be a lot of fun and
a great way to bond with them so enjoy it!
Jessica Anne Dill