Like many of my friends, I registered for the big expensive travel system that my mom paid a fortune for and bought for us (a whole whopping $360!).
I would shortly realize that: OMGee, my baby would rather be held by her mother! How shocking! When I would lug the massive car-seat carrier into stores (which is the weight equivalent of a large animal by the way), she would cry. Or when I would push her in the stroller around the mall, you guessed it … crying. Being a new mom and out in public for the first time with my new baby, I would become frazzled and stressed. I had aimlessly added a few baby carriers on my registry including a wrap-type carrier, but I was intimidated by it at first and was actually planning on returning it. I thought to myself “I’m supposed to fit my baby in this contraption?!” After experimenting, I soon realized: babywearing was the answer! Remember an infant is genetically and biologically predisposed to want to be close to it’s mother. The closeness of you and the movement of walking is a nice transition from being in the womb. It makes them feel secure and calms them, so much so that it usually puts them to sleep. This epiphany made it much easier to go to stores and outdoor places and to be able to do stuff around the house. And how much easier!! No more lugging around heavy car-seat carriers and fumbling with strollers- I simply throw a wrap in my purse!
Babywearing is not a new “trend” in the slightest; it is an ancient method and still practiced in many cultures today. It is how our ancestors carried their young for generations. Babies in many cultures are sheltered from the world and cozily wrapped against their mothers for the entire first few months of life. In some cultures even, babies are carried so often that there is a ceremony held when their feet finally touch the ground. Not to mention it poses many benefits for both mom and baby; including healthy spine and hip development. (more…)