To conclude our blogs for International Babywearing Week, we polled moms who wore their babies and here are some of the wonderful responses we got!
Pushing a stroller in crowded places or over uneven terrain is a nightmare!
My wraps make me feel pretty.
My girl was 3.5 weeks early and she would NOT be put down.
I will be able to care for both my newborn and my toddler easier when they are close by - and I can make sure I don’t miss my newborn’s cues when he is being worn.
Because it makes us happy.
My baby cried. I wore him to help him find a content place
To keep my second child safe from the overwhelming love of my first child!
Skin to skin is so easy that way! I needed to keep milk production going while my son couldn’t nurse due to a cleft lip so that I could pump as much as I could, and then when he had surgery and I re-lactated, skin to skin time helped me get my milk back faster.
Babywearing keeps my hands free for my older children while caring for younger babies.
It helps to keep strangers from touching them when we are out and about!
It is much easier to babywear than carry a car seat or push a stroller everywhere.
My baby was very content wrapped up, and I was content with a content baby and less stuff to carry.
I babywear to keep her happy, to get things done, and to get her to sleep.
Because my son liked it and I could use my hands.
It is an awesome re-connection after being apart for work.
It was convenient so we went everywhere together and he experienced activities at near my eye level instead of in his car seat or in a cart.
I could nurse in the sling/wrap/carrier and not feel exposed.
It lets me eat my lunch in peace!
I get all the extra snuggles.
It keeps my baby safe and happy.
Made Disney trips and every day shopping so much easier, especially with two other kids!
Because my child would only sleep while being held, and because my child was easily over stimulated. Babywearing was survival.
It kept my baby regulate her nervous system more, making her feel safe and secure. Less anxiety means less tantrums, so that makes me a happy mama!
Even though I worked, holding him when I could kept us connected physically and emotionally in spite of my schedule.
It helped me reach my breastfeeding goals!
It gives fathers and other caregivers their own tools to soothe and bond without nursing. It helps moms who don’t nurse create emotional bonds too.
Babywearing lets me have a social life! I feel like I can go out and spend time with friends by keeping her close by.
We love our hiking pack for family hikes, and she loves checking out new places and hearing bugs and birds.
When my kids are sick, babywearing helps clear congestion and gets her to sleep.
It’s more comfortable than holding a baby in my arms all day long.
It gives us independence to pursue our interests and the world together.
I love to cook, and I can with my children because of babywearing!
It is instinctually right. The bonding and soothing of it just feels like what nature intends.
I'm single. So basically, it's my partner. Whether I'm carrying groceries or going to a friend's wedding reception, babywearing means I can do it alone and happy about it!
The extra weight from carrying my child around the house or on a walk means I’m getting more exercise to help me lose the baby weight!
Baby gets to see and hear more of what I'm doing, letting them share in my life and keeping them interested and entertained.
Babywearing helped ME. It made me feel like a good mom, since it seemed everything else was going wrong. I felt bonded and connected to her, and gave me a sense of normalcy. It saved my relationship while I was dealing with Postpartum Depression!
It helps get babies outside into fresh air and able to relax, especially before they are too young to walk.
It’s really helpful to keep toddlers immobile for moms who have to bring babies to work with them, or in places where they could easily run off or get hurt.
Basically, it just helped me "to do life".
For some, it is life changing. For others, it is life giving. For others, it is a sanity saver, a bonding experience, a physical contact otherwise unable to be had.
Babywearing brings moms, dads, caregivers, siblings, and caring individuals ways to connect emotionally and physically to the little ones they carry.
Babywearing is not only for infants. It is not only for young babies. It can be for toddlers, for big kids, for those with physical differences that may need some extra support.
I love how babywearing is so many different things to so many different people!