Thursday, January 31, 2008

Another Benefit of Babywearing

There are really too many to list, but I just thought of another. While wearing your baby (comfortably with her weight properly distrubuted as not to strain your neck or back), you'll be going about your daily tasks. When you're carrying around an extra 7 (or 35!) pounds, think about all the extra calories you'll be burning. Bye Bye Baby Belly...I also do squats while I'm wearing Kaelin. Please comment and share your experiences!

Friday, January 25, 2008

Ways to Wear the Babe

There are lots of different ways to wear your baby. A SLING is perhaps the easiest way to get started. With a sling you can wear your baby in a cradle position (for sleepy newborns). You can wear a baby that is able to situp in the kangaroo position (front facing, with her legs criss cross applesauce). Later when baby can sit for longer periods of time, the hip position is very comfortable. You can even wear a toddler piggyback style. A sling hardly takes up any room at all in a diaper bag and most are reasonably priced OR, if you're crafty, make your own. Here is link to look at for patterns: http://www.mamatoto.org/Default.aspx?tabid=63 Start slinging!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Beginning of Babywearing


I had my daughter in February of 2007. I had a wonderfully easy pregnancy, but the birth was another story. She had a prolapsed cord and I had an emergency C-section to deliver her. Nine days after she was born I was back in the ER with a DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis A.K.A. blood clot) in my leg. The recovery has been a bumpy road and for about a month, I was unable to walk. During that time, my daughter just lived next to me in bed! We got very attached to each other, literally. Consequently, once I was better, she still wanted to be near me. Holding her all day was an impossibility. My family went to the North Georgia Mountains with our friends, the Byers. Charisse (the momma) shared with me her Maya Pouch that she was using with her son. My daughter had been fussy, but when I put her in the pouch, she was instantly quiet, and shortly thereafter, asleep. It was great! Kaelin was happy and I had my hands free. From then on, I've been a big fan of babywearing. I hope you'll become one, too!