Ever since finding out I was preggo I thought I’d be wearing my baby in a carrier, versus pushing him in a stroller, but I didn’t picture myself wearing him around the house until a little while ago. Babywearing is so convenient and great for a touchyfeely, semi-attachment parenting mom like me who just wants to snuggle her little bundle all the time. As soon as Rohan hit 8lbs I was ready to pop him into a carrier instead of carrying him around looseygoosey in my arms. We have a wrap style carrier, and a soft structured style carrier and he seems to enjoy them both.
I didn’t know what a rarity babywearing was! I thought it was more mainstream but I guess it’s not. We get stared at whenever we’re in public (and here I thought it was just because of our striking beauty lol) and several people have come up to me to ask questions about the carriers. I’m happy to share what little I know with them.
Wearing Roey lets me get most of my “upright” chores done around the house and happily lulls him to sleep. It also lets me sniff his awesome smelling head (it’s like crack!) whenever I want to throughout the day. John and I even take him to the jogging track in it. (we switch off walking with him and jogging without him)
Our wrap carrier is a Moby and after my first million failed attempts at getting it on correctly, I finally got it! And now I love it! It was a friendly commenter here that suggested I look at “real moms” on youtube to see how to wear it, and it totally worked. So thank you From Mrs to Mom! My only negative about this carrier is that I have to put it on in advance before going out. I can’t put it on or adjust it while I’m outside the house or the ends will drag on the filthy ground. This makes handing him over to daddy impossible while we’re in a store or something. No spontaneity whatsoever.
The soft sided carrier we have is the Ergobaby Performance. This carrier is awesome because it adjusts to my size and John’s size quickly and we can get Rohan in and out easily no matter where we are. John feels more comfortable wearing this carrier, it’s definitely more male friendly since it looks like a backpack, versus a piece of fabric. Rohan tolerates getting into this carrier slightly less than our Moby, but once he’s in, he’s a happy camper. It’s easy to adjust while wearing it too.
Both carriers are light and comfortable, and feel very secure. They’re so freeing and help me be a bit more productive during the day. The only thing I cannot do in them is bend over without supporting Sharkie with my hand. If I want to sit and write or prep food, the Moby wins out over the more bulky feel of the Ergobaby.
I was considering getting a sling style carrier, but now that John and I are so comfortable in these, it’s not necessary. I read that you can breastfeed in the Moby so I will try that out soon. So far, loving the whole babywearing experience.
Do you wear your baby? What reactions did you receive? What style carrier do you have? Does your partner wear your little one too? Any babywearing tips for me?