7 Reasons I Love Baby Wearing

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With my first son, I found babywearing intimidating and uncomfortable. Despite him being a complete velcro baby who would almost certainly have loved the closeness, I just couldn’t get on with it. The structured carriers I found uncomfortable, and I found the idea of a wrap or a ring sling far too complicated. I couldn’t even tie a knot when I was in the Guides, how would I ever work out how to wrap my baby and stop him falling out?

But second time around I was determined to try harder with baby wearing. I loved the concept of keeping your baby close, and the practicality of having your hands free. When you have a baby and an older child to deal with, having two hands available is often essential!

So second time around I researched sling libraries near us, and I bought a stretchy wrap before Ben was born and practised with a doll so that I felt more comfortable babywearing when the time came. Once I was comfortable with the stretchy wrap, I headed to the Sling Library and rented a ring sling, and by the time I had to return it, I was a baby wearing convert. If you’re considering babywearing, here are all of my reasons why I love it so much!

 

Close Enough To Kiss

Close enough to kiss is one of the key principles of baby wearing, and although it’s meant as safety advice, it captures perfectly the main reason why I love it. It’s such a physical thing; your baby is so close to you, and both of my babies have wanted to be held almost permanently in those first few months. I’m very much a gentle parent, and if my baby wants a cuddle, then I’m more than happy to cuddle them. It’s a wonderful way to bond with your baby, and the physical closeness settles them better than any other method I’ve tried.

 

It’s The Best Way To Settle A Newborn

So often with a newborn, they require that physical closeness to fall asleep, and who can blame them? They’ve spent 9 months inside you, all cosy and comforted, it’s logical that they would want that comfort once they’ve been born, whether that’s in your arms, on your chest, or in a baby carrier. The combination of the physical closeness and the movement as you walk around with them in the carrier is a fail-safe way to settle your baby – it was a very rare occurrence that it didn’t manage to settle Ben.

 

Brunette Mum wearing sleeping baby in the Izmi baby carrier

 

There’s A Carrier For Every Occasion

I now have 3 different carriers – a stretchy wrap, a ring sling, and an Izmi baby carrier (which is a structured carrier with straps but made of fabric) – and I use them each for different situations. I used the stretchy wrap a lot when Ben was tiny as it was really comfortable for us both, but I rarely use it these days now he’s 7 months. My go to carriers these days are either the ring sling or the Izmi. The ring sling works really well for him at this age as he’s so nosey and the ring sling allows him to see absolutely everything. And it’s great for if he’s in a very up and down mood, as once you’ve tied it, it’s very easy to throw on and off. But the fact that he can see everything so well does mean that he’s unlikely to sleep in it. If I know that we’re going to be out with him in the sling and he’s likely to need a snooze, I’ll choose the Izmi, which means I can keep his view a little bit more restricted, and more often than not, he’ll drop off.

 

It’s Perfect for Reflux

Ben suffered with silent reflux when he was little. He would cry for hours on end, screaming until his throat must have been so sore. We managed to get him medication fairly early on, but one of the pieces of advice for reflux is to keep your baby as upright as possible, and baby wearing is such an easy way to do that.

 

Dad dressed in moss green jumper, wearing baby in the Izmi baby carrier, baby is wearing a grey hat with pom poms on

 

It’s Great For Exploring The Great Outdoors

We’re a family who love getting outdoors in the fresh air, but there are definitely occasions where a pushchair just doesn’t work. Muddy paths and pushchairs just aren’t a great mix, so if we’re heading out to the woods, to the pumpkin fields, or any National Trust property, the baby carrier is by far the better choice.

 

It’s Small On Space

When you have a tiny baby, it’s likely that you’ll be holidaying in the UK (we certainly did both times around) and that means packing everything you need into the car. When space is at a premium, a pushchair is something that is far better to leave at home if you can. A sling is the perfect pushchair replacement if you’re tight on space – you can just pop it into a bag and off you go!

 

Close up of Dad wearing baby in the Baby Bjorn Original Carrier

 

 

Dads love it!

I see so many Dads baby wearing, and it’s lovely! My husband has always preferred using the baby carrier to the pushchair, and would often head out with Max for long walks along the canal using a carrier. I think it’s such a lovely way for Dads to bond physically with their baby.

 

Dad stood in woodland, wearing baby in the navy Izmi Baby Carrier

Dad standing on grass next to a long hedge, wearing baby in the navy izmi baby carrier

 

Disclosure: I received the Izmi Baby Carrier to try out.

21 Comments
  • Jonny Reeves
    January 15, 2018

    Such a massive fan of baby wearing: there’s something deeply paternal about settling a little one to sleep as you walk around β™₯️

  • Laura Dove
    January 21, 2018

    I wore all of mine too and loved it. With Harry I had no choice with the girls in the double buggy, but with Megan it was the ONLY time she ever stopped crying!!

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      January 21, 2018

      I’m in awe of you Laura – I don’t even know how I’d cope with 3 children at pushchair age! I so wish I’d persevered with babywearing with Max, I think if I’d found the right carrier it would have been a game changer for us.

  • Starlight and Stories
    January 21, 2018

    I totally agree about baby wearing being brilliant for infant reflux. I loved wearing both of mine it made such a difference x

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      January 21, 2018

      It really does, doesn’t it! I think when your baby has reflux you’ll try anything and everything, and it’s just such a relief when you find something that seems to work.

  • Pati Robins
    January 21, 2018

    I love baby wearing – there is nothing better than having your little one close to you

  • Talya Stone
    January 21, 2018

    I really loved baby wearing for all these reasons and actually really miss it now my daughter is older – it’s so practical and is a wonderful way of developing your bond too.

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      January 22, 2018

      I really hope that Ben will still love it when he’s older – I suspect once he’s walking the appeal might wane a bit!

  • Maya Cuthbert
    January 21, 2018

    Aww this is absolutely adorable πŸ™ŒπŸΌ My mum used to love baby wearing she did it with all 4 of us kids ☺️

  • ThenThereWereThree
    January 21, 2018

    I love this! I never baby wore with my first but have loved it with my second – it makes things so much easier! x

  • Chloe
    January 22, 2018

    Lovely post!!

  • All About A Mummy
    January 22, 2018

    I used a ring sling for my second and it was so good for giving me free hands to help the first. Wish I had used it first time around!

  • Melanie
    January 22, 2018

    Love the piccys btw and yes dads seem to love it, I always see daddys baby wearing which is great to see x

  • Rhian Westbury
    January 22, 2018

    This must be a lot more practical when you’re out and about not having to have a pushchair all the time x

  • Beth @ BethinaBox.com
    January 22, 2018

    I love babywearing. I haven’t been able to do it with my last two though. Fantastic reasons and I completely agree with them all. (It also helped me through post natal depression!)

  • Jennifer Gladwin
    January 22, 2018

    I loved baby wearing. It’s an absolute life saver when you have more than one child

  • Elizabeth
    January 23, 2018

    I loved babywearing, but I admit with my firstborn is was because we couldn’t afford a buggy, lol! I love how it’s evolved over the years – much more stylish these days.

  • MudpieFridays
    January 24, 2018

    I am totally with you. First time with Monkey I hardly carried at all. But with Kipper I did it a lot and still do on occasion (despite him being 20 months!). It just seems so much more of a necessity when running around after an older sibling!

  • Zena's Suitcase
    January 25, 2018

    One of the things I really regret not doing is baby wearing. I tried it with my last two girls but we just didn’t manage to get in the habit of it

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