*Why & How to Wrap Your Baby?*
Getting started with baby wearing:
Relax! Don't let this overwhelm you. You don't have to learn everything right now. You don't have to learn everything, ever. Just relax. You only need to learn ONE carry to use the 2 by 2 Woven Baby Wrap. That's all you need.
First, read the Safety Agreement. Now, choose ONE thing to learn. Do you need a way to carry baby on your back? Or your hip? Or in front to cuddle or nurse? Click here for choosing carries by position. How old is your baby? Look here for choosing carries available for that age. Still pregnant with your first baby? Yay! You have time to browse and learn whatever you want. You can practice with a teddy bear. Be sure to learn Hands Free Nursing before the baby arrives.
Still don't know where to start? Try this: Read the Safety Agreement. Check out these videos and learn the easiest front carry. Enjoy your baby!
Here are SEVERAL links to articles and how-to's for wrapping your baby~
- Chart that gives you almost every carry known, the size of wrap you need, and detailed instructions, pictures, and videos on how to do the carry
gives tons of information here. Just simply click "take me to the article" on the bottom of the page!
gives photo instructions of all common carries and is very easy to follow along with.
Also, check for babywearing workshops and groups in your area to learn first hand!
Itís good for baby:
Youíre going to carry them anyway:
- Motor Development:
Newborns are accustomed to an environment where they are snug, and warm, they feed on demand, their bodily functions are regulated and they are in constant contact with the motherís bodily functions such as heartbeat and breathing. Wearing your baby, replicates this environment. It is calming to the baby who instead of fretting, can put energy into growth and learning. It helps the babyís newly independent body to continue to function optimally and effortlessly. There is an additional benefit in that you are in constant contact with your baby while wearing him or her, and always know that your baby is well. You know the baby is breathing, you know if the baby is hot, or cold, and you know how often the baby is sleeping or eating, or if the baby seems frightened. You are certain of your babyís well being and are right there to see to every need.
- Emotional Development:
Babies want to be held. Babies that are held cry less. Human biological evolution is a slow process and has not caught up with the social evolution away from hands on parenting. Now we have many devices and tricks to occupy and satisfy babies so that we donít have to hold them. However, babies thrive with constant human contact.
Being able to hear our heartbeats, and look up into our faces is not only comforting and familiar to babies, but lets them know they are safe. A held baby doesnít have to worry. The sensation of being wrapped up is reminiscent of being in the womb, and very comfortable for babies. That combined with the heartbeat, and rhythmic motion of the care giverís movements will put most newborns right to sleep.
- Cognitive Development:
Being wrapped against us puts babies right where the action is. Babies can see what we see, and are constantly learning. Ada sees how I check out library books with a library card, pull weeds up by the roots, put the full trash bag in our big trash can, tie my shoes and crack open eggs and beat them to turn out her scrambled eggs. Every minute she is wrapped onto me, I am doing something that she is learning from.
People talk more to babies who are up at our eye level. We donít go anywhere that Ada is not engaged in conversation by strangers. You will also find it much easier yourself to talk to the baby who is wrapped against you (front or back) rather than one who is in the stroller in front of you and facing away from you! Throughout our shopping trips, social visits, and walks around the neighborhood, Ada and I keep up a conversation. We can also point things out to each other. I will point out a squirrel and then leave the sidewalk so we can get a closer look (try navigating roots and grass, or jumping a curb in a stroller). She will point out birds flying overhead, and punctuate her discover with a firm ďDa!Ē Her view is unobstructed.
All of this interaction in the adult world stimulates babiesí understanding of the world. Babies are learning a lot about language from all of this conversation, a lot about society and behavior and human interaction from watching us go about each day.
Count up how many minutes you spend holding and carrying your baby daily. For newborns the number may be higher while for toddlers the minutes may seem longer (what is this kid eating?!). For either one the answer is likely ďa lot.Ē
So why not wrap them on, save your arms and back (no more thrusting hip), get some work done, and make a fashion statement too! With a little practice you will find that you can make your babyís weight disappear.
Free up your hands for chores and other children:
While wearing your baby you can have your hands free to:
- push and load a shopping cart (in a back carry, it is easy to bend over and lug gallons of water onto the cart)
- hold older kids hands crossing the street
- enjoy the zoo without losing track of your toddler
- actually wash dishes
- pick up, vacuum, dust, scrub, make beds
- paint your front door (please donít use any toxic or even smelly materials around your baby unless you are in a very well ventilated areaĖuse good judgement)
- pull weeds
- fix lunches
- pet your cat
- wash cloth diapers
- hold and comfort your big kids
- homeschool or help kids with schoolwork
- brush your teeth
Discrete, hands-free nursing is easy:
Breastmilk is one of the best things you can give your baby, and nursing is a wonderful way to bond with your baby. But new babies, and even some old babies, nurse a lot! How to give your babies everything they deserve and still run a household?
Nursing in a wrap or a mei tai is easy, can be hands-free, and can be done in public with none the wiser!
To find out how to nurse hands free, see wrap front carries and mei tai front carries.
Itís sooo much easier than a stroller:
Consider trying to navigate a stroller around:
- a crowded airportĖwith two suitcases and a diaperbag, no less!
- a parking lot improvised out of an uneven field of grass/dirt
- the Renaissance Fair
- onto, into, and out of public transportation
- a small, cramped store
- the beach
Now Consider each of the above with your baby wrapped onto your front or back, hands free to shop, carry bags, pay fees, pick up shells, etc. Wrapped together, the two of you are about as big as a pregnant woman, and at least as mobile, with none of the aches or swelling!
Additionally, there are some places that just wonít allow strollers. You might have to leave your stroller outside of a petting zoo, for example, carry your child in increasingly weary arms, and just hope the stroller and its contents are there when you get back to the door! Why bother?
Great for cuddling:
Wearing your baby on the front puts her right where you can cover her with hugs and kisses! Babywearing is great for bonding, as the two of you can gaze into each otherís eyes to your heartís content.
You will be the envy of your girlfriends.
You will attract the amazed stares of strangers.
You will have a gorgeous accessory to brighten up your typical post-partum outfit of sweat pants and a t-shirt, and to better show off your latest, greatest accessoryĖthat cutie in the wrap!
(thanks to wrapyourbaby.com for the info)