Phew! Feels good to get that out! Anyone else in the same boat?
It's such a great feeling - to have Chico close in a way that mimics him being in my belly again. It is comforting for him and I suspect almost as comforting for mama. I received a Moby Wrap from my mom before Chico was born. I purchased a Baby K'tan when he was a few weeks old. I received a traditional "ring sling" from another mama I met on Instagram and lastly - I purchased a Solly Baby Wrap last week!
It may sound ridiculous to have so many different wraps (and to have plans to buy even more!) but I will explain how all of these wraps work for various situations and are totally necessary (Okay not really, but maybe you'll think I'm less crazy)!
For those of you who are new to the concept of "baby wearing," let me first give you a quick breakdown of why baby wearing is such a great thing:
1) It frees your hands and you can get stuff done around the house! When you are breastfeeding and a new mom getting used to the fact that this little person needs you 24/7 for survival, you can start to feel kind of kooky. It's so liberating to strap that sucker on and have hands to do the dishes! Holy moly, did I really just say that... 2) Leave the car seat and stroller in the car! Walk around without having to lug all of that with you - which means you don't have to look for elevators, simply take the escalators with the rest of society! 3) Relieves the colicky/gassy baby. Chico really struggled with gas issues around three weeks and it lasted until maybe a week ago (not gone completely but that's a completely different post). Sitting in the wrap while I walked around with him was very soothing for him, got him to burp and was also soothing for me because the best thing about wraps.... 4) BABIES CRY LESS!! Studies prove it - In cultures where babies are continuously held, babies cry far less than cultures who push babies to self-soothe, stress this idea of raising the "independant baby," or worry about "spoiling" a baby by holding them too much. 5) Encourages healthy attachment between baby and mama/papa. Builds trust and assists baby in forming trust and security.
For further baby wearing education I recommend checking out a site called "The Baby Wearer," which has everything you need to know about baby wearing all in one spot!
MOBY WRAP: This is the wrap I am wearing Chico in up at the top of this post. It is one long (LONG!) piece of thick cotton fabric. It can seem rather daunting at first but isn't too bad once you get the hang of it. It can be used from Newborn to 35 lbs.
PROS: One size fits all wearer. Very comfortable to wear for long periods of time. Comes in organic fabric and colours that are pleasing to both men and women. Feels VERY secure to have baby in this wrap and is a good "stater" wrap.
CONS: Fabric is thick and if it's hot out you will sweat for sure. Extremely long and may be daunting for someone shorter than 5'9. You have to find the perfect tightness/looseness or you will risk re-wrapping until you get it right. The reason? The fabric doesn't have a lot of "give." Bulky and doesn't fit in smaller diaper bags.
Pictured above is the BABY K'TAN WRAP. Please excuse the ridiculousness of this photo - it was my birthday, we were in a military surplus store and I was losing my mind being out in public for the first time in a few days. The K'tan is great for someone who is turned off by the Moby and finds the process of tying one long piece of fabric just too much trouble. It consists of two pieces - one piece is two fabric rings that are connected by a loop and the second piece is the "safety belt" sash piece of fabric that gives your baby extra support for certain holds. It can be used with Newborn to 35 lbs.
PROS: Simple as pie to figure out how to use. Baby feels incredibly secure and you feel safe because there's really no "wrong" way to use this - whereas the Moby has more ways you could use it incorrectly. Affordable - I believe it was $45 on Amazon. No buckles, no snaps, NO WRAPS! Folds up into itself with the sash doubling as a carrying bag.
CONS: You must purchase the K'tan in your own size - so most likely you and your partner will not be able to share one - not the most economical purchase if you plan to share one wrap per couple. Fabric is similar to the Moby and can feel a bit thick on hot days - but definitely less fabric then the Moby.
I wanted to try this wrap out because the fabric is so thin and lightweight. Chico and I tend to run a little on the hot side (damn you pregnancy hormones that are still messing with my temperature regulation abilities!) I've only had it 2 days and I'm pretty much obsessed. Here's why:
PROS: Fabric is super lightweight and stretchy - can be tucked into my small diaper bag easily. One size fits all - my husband and I can share! It's striped - my fav - need I say more? You can't tie this one too tight - so unlike the Moby, the object is to tie this sucker really tight and because it's so stretchy you don't ahve to worry about crushing your baby. Wrap is made of organic cotton and is incredibly soft - similar feeling to the Aden and Anais bamboo swaddlers. There is a sweet little hidden pocket at the end of the fabric that can fit keys, paci, etc. This wrap can also fold up into itself.
CONS: The only con is that it only holds up to 25 lbs (I'm assuming due to the lightweight fabric). This means I can't put Chico in this until he's in 2nd grade...BUMMER!
The Ring Sling is a whole different beast. Despite watching tutorials, having my husband assist, etc., I haven't been able to wear it in a way that I feel confident that Chico won't fall to his death. Until I feel sure enough, we will not be hitting the town in the ring sling. I haven't given up though because I love the idea of it. There just isn't a lot of time to play around with new toys when you have a 7 week old infant. Proof? It has taken me almost 4 hours to write this damn entry because Chico needs me.
Clearly I'm no longer running the show over here.
What are your thoughts on baby wearing? What are your favorite wraps, slings, etc.? I'd love to hear what you mama's are into right now!