Babywearing Overview

Babywearing has become very trendy recently.  Just put “babywearing” into a Google search and you get over 2 million hits.  If that isn’t proof that babywearing is growing, the press has been rampant with pictures of stars all over the world wearing their babies in all different kinds of carriers.  Ordinarily that would give me pause, but in this case, the stars have it right (for the most part).  Do you want some better evidence than star behavior?  Babywearing is also one of Dr. Sears 7 Baby B’s.  Through his (and his wife’s) years of experience in their medical practice and at home with 7 children, the Sears family found out that wearing a baby/toddler not only helps milk production, it calms baby (and caregiver) to allow for better growth, helps soothe reflux, promotes bonding, oh and let’s not forget….it frees the caregiver’s hands to eat, clean, read, relax, and use the restroom! If you are new to the idea of babywearing, let me first start by saying that all carriers are not created equal so please do your research.  Throughout this series we will be talking about some ergonomic carriers that promote safe wearing and hip development.  I will also recommend some websites and blogs, such as A Little Bit of All of It, as great resources for learning more about Babywearing. We will also talk about babywearing safety in this series.  Wearing your baby should be comfortable for you and baby, should keep the babe’s bum below his knees, and should be done as long as is desired by caregiver and babe (much like breastfeeding!).  If you have never seen the photo below, please take a look.  This picture is displayed on the Boba Website and shows one of the safety rules for wearing your baby.  More photos and rules will follow in the coming weeks. Safety is key, but if you don’t find the carrier that works best for you and your baby you won’t wear them.  So, in addition to reviewing specific carriers in upcoming posts, I will also provide a chart that I made on our babywearing journey (and continue to add to) showing what each carrier is intended for, is best used for, and some important practical considerations like washability.  All carriers reviewed and discussed are ergonomic and safe for babe’s hip development if they are used according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  Any carrier can be unsafe if...
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Babywearing: Moby Wrap

The Moby is near and dear to my heart, this was our first carrier.  This wrap is made of a stretchy, soft cotton.  It is cuddle worthy for the wearer and wearee (babe).  If you are at home it can be worn without a shirt, which allows you to get some great skin-to-skin time with your baby and keeps you cooler. We had a small baby.  He was born at 6 pounds and dropped down to 5.5 pounds within 2 days.  Although Moby states that their wrap should only be used for babies weighing at least 8 pounds, we consulted our pediatrician and he was all for using the wrap as long as we followed the basic safety guidelines.  Not all small babies (<8 lbs) are good candidates for the Moby Wrap, so please be careful.  Always make sure you can kiss your babe’s head and remember that their chin should never be resting on their chest as this can cut off their air flow.  If your baby has any health concerns please make sure you talk with your healthcare provider for advice. As I was saying, we were able to use the Moby very early, despite our tiny tot.  So we began our babywearing journey while we were still in the hospital and it was terrific.  Nate, my husband, had practiced before our baby was born with a stuffed bear so he was eager to wear our babe.  In fact, he could be caught wearing our baby on his second day of life – what a perfect start to the fourth trimester!  The doctors and nurses were all jealous and impressed with our use of the Moby to keep our son calm, safe, and happy.   I don’t think we even used the “bassinet” provided in the hospital.  Using the wrap from day 2 helped Nate to bond with our son. He could wear him when I needed to eat, shower, etc.  Because the material of the Moby helps to keep babe close, in those early days, it helps babe regulate his/her body temperature, and feel safe, secure, and loved.  It helped us to make our son’s transition earthside a little less overwhelming. After the first month passed, we were still using the Moby all day on many days of the week.  In fact, we used the wrap for months, until our son was about 15 pounds and...
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