Monday, August 22, 2011

Babywearing While Pregnant

Is it possible to babywear while pregnant?

Yes!! Absolutely! Most definitely! The little one you wear while pregnant will still receive all the wonderful benefits of babywearing, and you'll also still be able to enjoy the free hands! I'm currently 22 weeks pregnant with my third daughter and I'm still constantly wearing my second daughter that is 2 years old (and heavy!).

Some people believe that medically, babywearing while pregnant may not safe. I am not a doctor, so please consult your doctor before making your own decision...but I am a Mom! And I've done plenty of babywearing while preggo!

In fact, in this picture, I was 39 weeks and 5 days pregnant with my second daughter. I am wearing my first daughter on my back in a soft structured carrier. She was 2.5 years at the time.

There are many ways to wear while pregnant. Some ladies like to wear a Mei Tai and tie it above their belly. What was most comfortable for me, was to wear a soft structured carrier and buckle the waist low, beneath my belly, nice and snug!

Happy Babywearing!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

My Baby Doesn't Like to be Worn....

"But my baby just doesn't like to be worn!" is a phrase that I've heard from mamas that want to babywear. I don't hear it too often, but I have heard it. I try to help them problem solve and come up with a solution, which is what I'll try to do here as well.

Possible Problem: Baby is very young (possibly newborn) and is uncomfortable.

Solution: When babies are very young, their hips and spines are so fragile. They will have a difficult time doing a full "split" of their legs in a baby carrier, which is why they should have their legs "froggied." Froggying an infants legs means that you put them in the carrier on their knees, with their feet tucked underneath them, or in the carrier criss cross applesauce style. This is a very natural position for a newborn as that's probably similar to how their were squished up in mamas womb! A baby will let you know when they are ready to "unfroggy" their legs. Sometimes they try to stand up in a carrier! When you think that they are ready to split those legs, try keeping one leg froggied and allowing one leg to be split before going to a full split.

Possible Problem: Baby cries when in a carrier for reasons unknown.

Solution: Baby could be crying for any number of reasons while being worn. One could be wanting to nurse. If your baby is on your front, he or she may be rooting and want to nurse...totally natural. Mastering nursing in the carrier will greatly help your cause of getting baby to "like" being worn!

Baby could also be crying for any number of reasons. The carrier could just be an unfamiliar place for them. You can change that by being persistent in wearing. Continue to try to wear baby in a variety of different environments. Take baby to the mall or a park, where there is a lot of stimulation and lots to look at, listen to and smell! See if they forget about the carrier and relax and enjoy the sights! If baby is old enough, try wearing him or her on your back for a change of scenery as well!

Possible problem: Baby is not happy in a carrier because they can't see what is going on around them.

Solution: Sometimes parents complain that their baby isn't happy because they need to be facing outward in the carrier. It is true that most correctly made carriers do not allow for the front facing out position. This is for a variety of reasons. The beco Gemini Baby Carrier is one carrier that does do the front facing out position, and it does do the position a lot more ergonomically than a carrier like the Baby Bjorn or a Snugli does. If you don't own a beco Gemini, there is still hope for the curious baby! The answer is the same as the answer above! Be persistent in trying at various times of day...sleepy time, errand time, dancing time...and try wearing in various stimulating environments. Also, again, if baby is old enough (has good head control) try wearing baby on your back because they'll have that view that they are craving!

And if you still have a fussy baby!? Keep trying! Babies change ALL THE TIME! In another week, or another month, you may have a "velcro baby" that loves to be worn and snuggled!! And then you'll be happy you have that carrier....

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Babywearing is Comforting!

My littlest girl has just recently turned 2. Many times this is what we see of her...she's on the run, or is running away from us! She is busy and loves her independence. But there are (many) times when she is in need of some comfort and closeness.

In this picture she was having an "off" morning. She just wasn't herself and really just wanted the comfort of being close to mommy. Sometimes, I walk around with a carrier clipped to my waist and dangling in back...just in case somebody wants up. It comes in handy!

There are some parents that believe that once a child can walk, they no longer will need or want to be worn. That may be the case sometimes, but I think more often than not, little ones will still enjoy these close times.

Whenever we are in an unfamiliar place or have a lot of new people around, my youngest will run up to me and say "Ca we a! Ca we a!" I know this to mean that she is asking to be worn in a carrier.

Manufacturers are getting savvy to the fact that many kiddos still enjoy being worn through toddlerhood (and beyond). For example, the Boba Baby Carrier is made for kiddos ages 1-4 and all the way up to 45 lbs. I still wear my 4.5 yo comfortably in mine. The Babyhawk Oh Snap is another example of a carrier that is built for bigger kiddos as well.

Parents enjoy all the cuddly, snuggly time you can snatch with your little ones!