Baby wearing is a very practical tool to be with your child and get things done at the same time. I haven’t dealt with packing a stroller or lugging a car seat through the parking lot. When either Donna or I wear her, we have the freedom to go shopping or eat at a restaurant and know that she is safe and secure. I really like wearing her when she is tired and using it as a tool to help her get to sleep. I feel very accomplished as a parent when I can help my baby go to sleep and stay asleep. It keeps my hands free while I do some light chores, get work done, and even play video games. Wearing Maggie also lets me help Donna regain some her own free time. It’s a very cool way to share the parenting experience between the two of us.
The biggest challenge that I find is getting a carrier that is comfortable for my body. I’m quite short and stocky and don’t have the greatest flexibility. I need something that is comfortable on wider shoulders and doesn’t need me reach all the way across my back. With help from BWIofHR I’ve been able to explore different styles and methods that work for me.
Everyone should give baby wearing a chance because there is a huge return for the time it takes to learn. Even if you think that it is too complicated, or too expensive, don’t worry! There are plenty of options out there. The baby wearing meetings are free to attend and there is a huge supportive community behind it. Being a parent is complicated and I’m glad that I found baby wearing as a way to mitigate some of those issues.
Editor’s note: Paul also made a cool website to help people try new woven wrap carries! Check it out at http://randomcarry.bitballoon.com/ and let us know what you think!