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My babies wanted to be held all the time… and that was just fine with me!
The only problem was that my chores weren’t waiting for me to have a free hand. There was still laundry to do, dust bunnies to chase, and meals to make. So what’s a momma to do?
I decided to go old school and wear my babies. And now that I’ve tried it, I can’t imagine functioning as a stay at home mom without my infant snuggled up against me.
Not only does babywearing provide a great bonding time with your new baby, but it’s a a true sanity saver as well! Happy baby + completed chores = happy momma!
If you haven’t given babywearing a try, you definitely need to – and here’s why you should:
1 . Extra cuddle time!
No one looks back at their time with their babies and says “man, I cuddled my baby way too much”! So go grab all the cuddles you can!
2 . Provides comfort for a colicy infant.
My first child, Miss C, had colic and there was only two things that helped to soothe her: truck rides in daddy’s jacked up diesel truck and being in her Moby Wrap. She was also the catalyst that started our tradition of cosleeping.
3 . Supports a cosleeping lifestyle.
As you may know, we are a cosleeping family. That being said, my babies never wanted anything to do with cribs or playpens. They only slept when momma was right with then – but sadly, momma can’t always drop everything for a nap. Babywearing solves that dilemma! (minus finding time for momma to nap)
4 . Enjoy the 4th trimester… say whaaat?
Being a baby outside the womb takes a little bit of adjustment (for baby and mom). The first couple of months are often referred to as the fourth trimester. During this time mom is getting used to having her body back to herself (except for the whole breastfeeding thing) and baby is getting used to being on their own. So extra cuddles are a big help for both parties!
5 . Makes more time for housework.
Okay, I know this isn’t necessarily worth cheering for, but it is one of the benefits of wearing your baby. Having two free hands mean lots of dishes can be washed and floors cleaned!
6 . Makes time for schoolwork.
Whether you are a homeschooling family or not, there is always schoolwork to be done. It can be challenging to go over digraphs and addition with your 6 year old while your baby is fussing and vying for your attention in the next room. So tuck baby into your baby wrap and teach away momma!
7 . Hands free for everything!
Babywearing lets you be hands free for phone calls, texts, crafting, reading, cooking, talking (my Italian friends agree with me here here!), resting… everything!
8 . Gives you the ability to work at home.
Whatever your side hustle is as a stay at home momma, whether it be office work, taking online surveys, baking, blogging… babywearing will help you sneak in a little extra work time.
9 . Enjoy the outdoors!
Enjoying the outdoors with your family is easier without having to lug around a stroller!
10 . Save room in the car.
You can wrap up your wrap (oh that was fun to say) and toss it in your diaper bag (or backpack), as opposed to squeezing the stroller in to your trunk.
11 . Drama-free potty trips for mom.
Not sure if this is just me or not, but I always have to pee as soon as my baby falls asleep in my arms (maybe borderline tmi!). Then I put him down and he is awake – and I still have to pee! That problem is solved with babywearing… baby stays asleep while I sneak off to the bathroom!
12 . No reason to carry around the infant carseat!
I despise lugging around those bulky infant carseats. I’m forever smacking my calves with them or knocking store displays over. Honestly, they are okay to transition newborns from the house to the car, but that’s about it. With babywearing you carry baby and still have both hands!
13 . Easy peasy breastfeeding.
Baby wearing provides hands free breastfeeding (simply re-position baby to be at breast level), as well as privacy while feeding (no worries of public nip-slips).
14 . Easy food shopping trips!
No more space hogging carseat in the kiddie seat of the buggie (not to mention no more struggling to latch the seat into the buggie)!
15 . Follow a long tradition.
Women have been wearing their babies for generations! As we know, a woman’s work doesn’t stop just because she has an infant to care for. And nowadays we are lucky that most of us are not out plowing fields and picking crops with our young babes in tow. Still, having both hands free and your baby close by is helpful to all of us mommas!
16 . Encourage your baby’s social development.
The more language you can expose your children to, the better it is for their own language development. What better way than to have them right in the middle of mom’s conversations?
17 . Makes interaction in public spaces easier on baby.
Being on the other side of momma’s womb can be a scary place. There’s bright lights, loud noises, and new faces… lots of new faces. Most babies are not fans of people getting in their personal space and oogling over their adorableness. It’s too much, too soon. But being tucked in close to mom makes it all a little more bearable.
18 . Covers post-baby belly!
Unless you are one of those super moms that look faboo as soon as you leave the hospital, you are probably self conscious of your new mom-pooch (a long term solution is to give Paleo a try!). A great temporary disguise can be found in baby wearing… it’s like a girdle, security blanket, and baby carrier all wrapped into one!
19 . Easy swaddling.
No need to struggle to keep your wiggly baby swaddled! When your baby is tucked in the wrap they are swaddled and being held all at the same time.
20. Babywearing is affordable!
A new baby wrap will cost around $40 to $50. That might seem like a lot of cheese for us single income families, but let’s break it down:
A new infant stroller can easily cost upwards of $100. Then there’s the baby swing (to give the same comfort as walking around with mom), and those are at least $80. mom
So $50 for a multitasking tool (and you know I’m not a fan of unitaskers) is a really good investment! Especially compared to a minimum of $150 for two bulky tools with limited mobility!
Which wrap should you choose?
There are a few styles of baby carriers to pick from. See my reviews on the most popular styles – on Friday’s post!
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