One of my favorite things about having a baby is babywearing. I wore Maddie Grace all the time, and now do the same with baby Tripp. Well, half the time when I’m wearing Tripp, Maddie Grace asks me to put him in the stroller and wear her again. And by asks I mean demands. But I pretty much wear Tripp everywhere when Maddie Grace allows me to and have since birth. I wear him inside our house, at lunch, at the playground, on neighborhood walks, at the mall, at music class, etc. One time a friend told me that her daughter wanted to wear her doll ‘like Claire’ and it made me so happy! My love for babywearing is why I’m so excited to have partnered with Ergobaby™ to chat here today about the many benefits of babywearing.
Our favorite carrier to use is the Ergobaby ADAPT carrier. We’ve been using this carrier for over 3 months now, which is a pretty long time for testing something out, so I feel equipped to talk about how awesome it is. When I started using this carrier Tripp wasn’t even 3 months old yet. At that time for any other structured carrier I still needed the infant insert which was a pain to get him in and out of, and keep track of where it was. That’s how the ADAPT originally became my favorite – no infant insert necessary and it provided him with plenty of head and neck support! This carrier will last you from infancy to toddlerhood thanks to its innovative seat. You can use three different positions with your baby in the ADAPT: front inward, back, and hip carry. I’m also a big fan of the built in sun cover, and how comfortable this carrier is for me to wear thanks to the crossable shoulder straps and lumbar support waistband. Did I mention the ADAPT doesn’t give me muffin top the way some carriers do? Yeah – that also made it an instant favorite. This was even the only carrier we took to Disney World with us, and we wore Tripp everywhere there! So whether traveling, at home, or chasing a crazy toddler, the Ergobaby ADAPT carrier can do it all.
But lets get in to those babywearing benefits:
(1) You get all the baby snuggles. I live for my baby sleeping on my chest. I just love it. You can tell me that it makes them too attached but I don’t care, I’m pretty sure when they’re teenagers they aren’t going to snuggle with me at all so I’m going to soak in all these moments of snuggling while I can. Since I have a toddler I clearly can’t always be laying down and snuggling my baby while he naps. So when we are on the go, or if I get him to sleep in the carrier around the house, it’s a perfect way to snuggle baby Tripp while running errands or chasing my toddler. Even when he’s not sleeping it’s nice to snuggle him while I’m wearing him and doing those things. Snuggling equates to parent and baby bonding so it’s also a great way to get dad hands on with baby. Plus there is nothing sexier than a man wearing a baby. Nothing.
(2) Your baby gets to experience the world. Instead of just laying around or hanging out the stroller, babywearing allows babies to experience the world up close and personal. They get to really see what you’re doing, and be involved in your daily life. Instead of just sitting back and observing nature when you’re on walks or at the park they really get to be in it and I really believe that is the best way for them to learn.
(3) Free hands. Uh hello, every mom of babies or toddlers knows how valuable free hands are. This is another reason I like the Ergobaby ADAPT. I feel like my baby is really well supported and safe in the carrier and so my hands are really free. In other words that means I can dress my toddler, wash some dishes, pick up things, go outside, and a plethora of other things I wouldn’t be able to do while holding my baby thanks to babywearing.
(4) It soothes fussy babies. Especially with colicy newborns babywearing can be a lifesaver. My first child was the most colicy baby ever. I mean she was always crying. Babywearing helped so much with that and soothing her. Having her up close to me reminded her of the womb and was the perfect way to soothe a newborn and the carrier saved my arms from breaking off from all the holding of her.
(5) Easy breastfeeding. Once you figure out how to nurse in the carrier it makes it so easy to nurse your baby while moving around, which is really handy for moms with older children as well. It also provides a discreet way to nurse your baby when in public.
Did you wear your children as babies? I’d love to hear about why you did or did not and any other benefits of babywearing you can think of below!
*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ergobaby.