I’ve always enjoyed wearing my babies. I like the feeling of having them close to me but having my hands free to do other things. My babies have always seemed to enjoy this closeness as well, and each of them have had their own unique baby wearing experiences.
I wore my first daughter much more than I wore any of the others. Whenever I would lie her down, she would fuss, and I preferred to pick her up and wear her rather than listen to her cry. I used a wrap in the early days, and I used it around the house and everywhere we went. We vacuumed together, walked the dogs together and cooked together. She is still the one who likes to be with me, near me or even on me if she can be.
When I had my second baby, I thought I would wear her even more since I had a three-year-old to chase around, so I was surprised when I was able to walk away without a fuss whenever I laid her down. She was perfectly content wrapping herself up in a blanket to get that feeling of security. I wore her as needed, but I was able to do most of my household chores without an attachment.
Roland is also fine being left on his own. He has plenty of entertainment with all the activity that surrounds him. This time around, our schedule is a little more demanding, and we have been spending lots of time outside and running around. In these cases, baby wearing has been so much easier for me than pulling out a stroller. Chasing a two-year-old around has kept me on my toes more than what chasing a three-year-old around did, and it’s helpful to be ready on my feet. I’ve ditched the wrap this time around for a ring sling, and I love how easy it is to take on and off and how much easier it is to stuff in a bag to bring along with me.
I have found there to be so many benefits to babywearing as a mother. The ability to carry on with life’s activities without the frustration of a grumpy baby, the added fitness benefit of carrying the extra weight and of course the mutual security felt by having my baby right on me have all made it worth my while. As soon as Roland gains a little more head control, I will be getting out my Ergo where he will be strapped to my chest until I can throw him on my back and carry him that way for all those times when the stroller is not as convenient. At the moment, I will enjoy my view of his cute face peeking out of the sling, close enough to kiss.