Earlier this week, I encountered a conversation with some friends of a friend that actually surprised me. I suppose I am so used to be surrounded by people who at least can admit that validity in Attachment style Parenting that I’m not used to people completely dismissing it as a form of spoiling.
I love Dr. Sears view on the subject: “Spoiling happens when a child is put on the shelf, left alone, forgotten about - the way that food spoils.”
I’m not speaking ill of methods of parenting, but I do believe whole heartily in the logic with AP, and there are numerous studies and research to back it up.
Baby wearing is not “new age.” Wearing your children has been around since the dawn of time practically, and nearly every culture has their own ways to do it. Strollers are more new age. The first stroller was invented in the 1700’s. Babies were worn long before then. It’s not new, and it’s doesn’t spoil the baby. Studies actual show that a child who is attended to, a child raised in the AP style, tends to be more independent and well adjusted when they grow up. That’s not to say using a stroller will make your child dependent and maladjusted, it’s just more in favor for babywearing.
Not all baby wraps and slings are made equal. Snugglie, Baby Bjorn, etc are very bad for baby’s spine. The more primitive the carrier the better for baby. Slings, wraps (like Moby’s), and soft structured carriers are far better. The ERGO is a good compromise as the baby sits, rather than dangles. Plus, the baby is skin to skin with mama, where the Baby Bjorn and Snugglie are more in a pouch. (more…)
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I have written pretty extensively about my love for babywearing since beginning this blog. There is nothing in the world better than snuggling your little one close to your body, with their sweet heads right under your face within easy kissing reach. Safe babywearing is the ideal way to spend time with your baby, keep your sanity, chase a toddler, make a sandwich, and get things done.
I’d like to say I wore my son because of the many benefits to babywearing, but for me, it was truly something to save my sanity. He didn’t want to be put down, and I couldn’t carry him everywhere. I have worn him all over. I used to take plane trips with nothing more than my baby, my Ergo, my Ergo Backpack stuffed with diapers, and an ID. Seeing other moms pushing their strollers through security made me realize how convenient babywearing made travel.
I wore him during fireworks for 4th of July. He was wrapped up and slept through it all. I know that he felt safe and loved.
I have worn my son and nursed him while navigating through busy (more…)
I’m a babywearer and didn’t start until my second daughter. Honestly, I never knew there were products out there for it. With my second daughter it wasn’t a must, but I did when she felt that she needed to touch skin, if you read my previous post.
With my 3rd daughter, she loves to be held close and being with mommy. For a while when I would go to work and leave her with daddy. She had the hardest time because she wanted mommy to be with her. So, I tried a Ergo Baby Carrier and it solved all issues. We use this almost every day. What we found hard was if we were outside, it was to hard to keep myself warm and to keep her warm.
Well, you all know (more…)
There isn’t much more to share about my babywearing experience that I didn’t already divulge during All About Babywearing Month. I didn’t start from day one but I wish I had. Babywearing is such an intimidating thing at first. I wish everyone could attend a babywearing class to help them learn how to use their carrier properly. That would have helped me a lot. I will just share some highlights. (more…)
As much as I love babywearing (if you can’t tell, I love it, a lot!) sometimes you run into the dilemma of how to carry your essential items with you. Depending on the situation, diaper bags are not ideal. I wear my son for the long haul, like at theme parks, conventions, sight seeing, and the like. When I do so, carrying him and a diaper bag on my person is too much. I thought buying a backpack diaper bag would help (more…)
Newborn- Imagine you are a happy fetus. You spend your days bouncing around gently in your mommy’s tummy, being bounced to sleep gently by the movements. It is warm and cozy in there, the perfect temperature, and you can drink all that water around you for fun, since there really isn’t anything else to do. Being curled up tight is pretty comfy too. (more…)
As we continue on with “All About Babywearing” Month which can taken over the beginning of November as well, I am reliving my babywearing past on DDL. I have posted quite a few entries about Babywearing, or photos of us in a favorite carrier. Here are some oldies but goodies… (more…)
A carrier I never though to try was a Mei Tai. I didn’t see what it could offer me since I already owned a Soft Structure carrier. Plus, I was worried that the tying of straps would be more trouble than it was worth. Mei Tai’s (pronounced May Tie), are Asian inspired carriers. They are basically a long rectangular piece of fabric with straps attached to each corner. The simplicity is one reason that Mei Tai’s are popular WAHM items, and DIY carriers. There are tons of sewing patterns online if you search for them! I know that on Nathan’s Fight there is a great DIY Mei Tai.
I decided I wanted to try one after (more…)
I attended ABC Kids Expo this year, and one of the many new and exciting carriers I got to see was the Cybex 2.GO. It is a cross between a Baby Bjorn and a Soft Structure Carrier (SSC). I was sent the Cybex 2.GO to try out, and will be sending it back to Regal Lager.
The CYBEX 2.GO baby carrier satisfies close physical contact needed for baby. The ergonomic and intuitive design makes it comfortable for the parent and baby.
· The 2.GO was developed in cooperation with orthopedist. The recommend position for baby is (more…)