My midwife organized a workshop at her office for moms and moms-to-be on “baby wearing”. This practice has been used around the world for centuries and the benefits for both mom and baby are numerous. There were several experienced moms who attended with their babies ranging in age from 3 months to 2 years. They proudly wore their babies in a variety of slings, wraps, and carriers. They took turns demonstrating how their baby wearing method worked and explained why they preferred it. This one is great for my back. I can breastfeed with this one. This one eases fussiness. I feel bonded to my baby in a special way. This one comes in cool prints. I can go grocery shopping or out to dinner with this one. I was sold! I was going to wear my baby.
The style that intrigued me the most was the wrap, so I ordered it online. Its 5.5 meters (approx. 18 feet) long. I know that sounds crazy, but it’s actually very simple to use. It’s made from 100% cotton and it’s extremely soft. There are different holds based on the babies’ age and developmental stage. There’s the newborn hug, lotus and cradle just to name a few. I started using the wrap when my duaghter was just four days old. Here we are eight months later and I still love wearing her. Just the motion of walking soothes her when she’s fussy. It allows me to get things done like fold laundry, talk on the phone, and check my email. When she’s in the wrap she’s happy, quiet, yet alert. An ideal state for learning according to attachment researchers.
There are so many different theories on how to raise a child. For me personally, I believe that keeping my daughter close has helped us to develop a special connection. It’s a means for me to express how much I love her and demonstrate affection. I trust that she will benefit from this throughout her life. The only down side is that I’m somewhat addicted. The wrap comes in so many beautiful colors and I now own three!