Wear all the babies!

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When Ayden was born in summer 2006, I was gifted a Baby Bjorn. It stayed in the pretty box it came in. I never wore it. It intimidated me. 

Fast forward many years later… We were with some friends of ours and they had just had their third child. After she nursed him to satisfaction she hopped out of her mom van, wrapped herself in her Moby Wrap, stuffed that newborn in its place on her chest, and took off. I was like.. Whaaaaaa?! 

My love for baby wearing was born that day.

My brother in law purchased our first wrap for our baby shower. I stayed up watching How To videos on YouTube, trying to perfect it before Ramsey was born. I couldn't wait to try it out! This was our first outing when Ramsey was about 3 weeks old, of course, into the mountains.

I have since perfected the Moby, well, perfectly. I wore this child all the time. I wore him to do dishes, to vacuum, when we went to the grocery store, hiking, when he just wouldn't calm down. I even wore him on the Elliptical once. (Note I said ONCE)

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At Lake Lanier Christmas Lights (Dec2013) and Ramseys first Santa visit

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SAMS club, grocery shopping. 2014

The Benefits of Babywearing

When a baby is born, they have very few needs to be met. One of the main needs is comfort by being close to mom. (or dad!) Skin to Skin is very important in the early days (Read about Skin To Skin HERE). Once you get that little bundle home, you want to do nothing other than sit in a rocking chair and stare at that little miracle forever. However, thats not the reality for most of us moms. We have houses to run, dogs to feed….Some of us have other children to tend too, husbands to feed :) and sometimes we just don't want to put these little humans down…. So you wear them.

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Ramsey in the ERGO Performance.

Medical professionals agree that infants thrive through touch; “wearing” your baby is another way to meet this need. The benefits of babywearing don’t end there … babywearing offers many other advantages, some of which include:
Happy Babies. It’s true … carried babies cry less! In a study published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers found that babywearing for three hours a day reduced infant crying by 43 percent overall and 54 percent during evening hours. (1)
Healthy Babies. Premature babies and babies with special needs often enter the world with fragile nervous systems. When a baby rides in a sling attached to his mother, he is in tune with the rhythm of her breathing, the sound of her heartbeat, and the movements his mother makes—walking, bending, and reaching. This stimulation helps him to regulate his own physical responses. Research has even shown that premature babies who are touched and held gain weight faster and are healthier than babies who are not. (2)
Confident Parents. A large part of feeling confident as a parent is the ability to read our babies’ cues successfully. Holding our babies close in a sling allows us to become finely attuned to their movements, gestures, and facial expressions. Every time a baby is able to let us know that she is hungry, bored, or wet without having to cry, her trust in us is increased, her learning is enhanced, and our own confidence is reinforced. This cycle of positive interaction deepens the mutual attachment between parent and child, and is especially beneficial for mothers who are at risk for or suffering from postpartum depression. (3) (4)
Loving Caregivers. Baby carriers are a great bonding tool for fathers, grandparents, adoptive parents, babysitters, and other caregivers. Imagine a new father going for a walk with his baby in a sling. The baby isbecoming used to his voice, heartbeat, movements, and facial expressions, and the two are forging a strong attachment of their own. Baby carriers are beneficial for every adult in a baby’s life. Cuddling up close in the sling is a wonderful way to get to know the baby in your life, and for the baby to get to know you!
Comfort and Convenience. With the help of a good carrier, you can take care of older children or do chores without frequent interruptions from an anxious or distressed infant—which helps to reduce sibling rivalry. Baby carriers are also wonderful to use with older babies and toddlers; you can save those arms and go where strollers can’t. Climbing stairs, hiking, and navigating crowded airports all can be done with ease when you use a well-designed baby carrier!

I think its very important to research, ask questions and try on every wrap, carrier, sling you can to find so you can figure out which carrier is right for you and your baby because these things are not cheap. Just because you are in love with a certain carrier, does not mean baby will love it.

The Moby: This was my absolute favorite in the newborn/baby days. It took me a few tries to get this perfected but after watching a video or two and practicing (the instructions that come with it are very good too) it was like second nature to get on and off. He always felt very secure and comfortable and I was always comfortable wearing him in it.
The only cons: It seems like a lot to do to wrap up just to run into the store. With the extra fabric it can get a little warm in the summer time. Lastly, it does have a weight limit, though it says 8-35 pounds, with that fabric it can get a little heavy trying to wear a toddler.
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We managed The Color Run (5K) without a hitch. April 2014.

The ERGO Performance: I researched and researched the Ergo. I went back and forth between the Original Ergo and the Performance. We finally settled on the performance because we knew that it would work best for what we would use it for ("mild" Hiking) Though we have had it a year and it has served its purpose, I am ready to move on from the Ergo Performance. Personally, I don't think it fits my body type well. I am not tall and slender and it seems to fit BJs type frame better than mine. I can barely carry him on my back because once I have it strapped and tightened it cuts into my stomach and pushes my chest together. I don't know this for a fact, but I seem to think the Original Ergo would have fit me just a little better. Carrying Ramsey as a baby (on the front) was a whole lot easier than carrying Ramsey as a toddler.

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The Cave of Winds (Colorado. May2014)

Sakura Bloom Ring Slings.
Y'all, I have been wanting a Sakura Bloom ring sling for forever. I have been stalking their website, entering in the give a ways on instagram and searching ebay for months. I have even looked at other ring slings and always came back to the Sakura Bloom. The fabrics are always gorgeous and the reviews are out of this world. You will rarely find a used Sakura Bloom Silk for sale, though I did score one on a Facebook Sakura Bloom Buy/Sale/Trade group. Though us mothers pine after a certain carrier, that doesn't mean our little angels will love it too. I wanted to buy one second hand first to make sure Ramsey would love it as much as me. The Sakura Bloom slings are pricey but oh so worth it, from what I'm told. I have only wore Ramsey in it a few times, though I am in love, I am not sure his feelings on it yet but I promise you, if he hates it, it will not be for the lack of trying on my part to strengthen that sling bond between the two. I hope to be able to add to the collection soon!
*Fast forward and baby Bear LOVED the sling. Baby Simba (foster baby number 1), not so much.*

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Summer 2015

The Tula:
Oh how I love the Tula. This is our go to for all hiking and camping trips. We now own a regular Tulaand a toddler sized Tula. They are perfect for front and back carry, as shown here!

All is fabulous in baby wearing land. If you are pregnant, planning to be pregnant, know someone who is pregnant, have a babe or a toddler… buy them (or yourself!) a sling or a carrier. It promotes bonding. It promotes security. It promotes trust. It promotes love

Wear ALL the babies.

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~Mika Beggs


kristi@mustbeamomblog.com said...

Hi :) Another great post! I am a baby wearing momma too! So much easier to have my arms free and I love the snuggles! Always enjoy reading your blog. xoxo

TheBeggsBunch said...

Ah! It worked, thank you!