“Hi, my name is Olivia, and I’m a babywearing addict.”
Okay, first let’s get past the term “babywearing”. I know it’s an odd way to describe carrying your baby, but the term’s caught on and we probably won’t change it now. I had a Beco Butterfly II with my first baby and we used it fairly regularly, but I really fell in love with babywearing once I had two kids. When I was pregnant with my second I practiced my wrapping skills so I’d be ready when she came along. I wore Kay in my Snuggy Baby Wrap pretty much everywhere from the very beginning, and it was a sad day when she outgrew it. We moved back to the Beco (and then a couple of months later I won a Boba 4G carrier!) and all was well again.
There are many reasons to babywear. Here are my personal top five reasons:
1. I have two kids.
I have a three year old and a one year old. The easiest way to keep up with my preschooler is to wear the baby. I wear Kay when we play outside or we walk up to the local playground. If I didn’t wear the baby, I’d have to spend all my time supervising her and I wouldn’t be able to play with the older one. This way, I can supervise and play with both my girls.
2. I’m a stay at home mom.
I need to do things around my house, like dishes and laundry and vacuuming. Wearing my baby lets me get to things like that. If I didn’t wear her in a carrier, I’d never get anything done and my house would be in even worse shape than it already is.
3. I think strollers can be a pain in the butt.
Strollers are big and bulky, don’t corner anywhere near as well as I do, and require a fairly smooth solid surface to roll on. Once you step out of a mall concourse, strollers become really inconvenient. Ever notice those poor moms pushing their Humvee strollers at the kid swap, taking out the display stands and people’s knees left and right? Not for me, thanks. Plus a stroller takes up half the room in the trunk, space I could be using for groceries.
4. I prefer the quiet.
All babies cry, but they cry less when they’re being held or worn. ‘Nuff said.
5. I love the closeness.
There’s just something special about having my little one held close to me with her head right there in perfect kissing range. I often lean over just far enough to brush my lips across her forehead and take a quick sniff of her baby smell. Is it weird that I like to smell her fuzzy little head? Don’t tell me if it is. I won’t stop anyway. And when she falls asleep with her cheek resting against my chest, I melt a little.
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