We're in the middle of International Babywearing Week (12th-18th Nov).
I first discovered babywearing in our travels through South America, namely Bolivia and Peru. At the time, when having children couldn't be furthest from my mind, it was mostly merely a foreign curiosity.
Then one day, while pregnant and on bedrest and surfing the 'net, I saw a photo of an African mother wearing her baby. I recalled all those mothers back in Bolivia. I especially remembered how the little ones appeared content.
What really struck a chord with me was the harmonious movements between mother and child. They moved almost as one.
I knew I would never find a wrap over here, so I googled and found a lovely Scottish lass who mailed one over for me. I've never looked back since.
After the fiddly first tries, I soon became accustomed to the techniques, and even made up some myself (it was so hot here I had to improvise a belt type of carry).
Here we are at our first BBQ when she was around 3 months old.
Wearing her those first few months was amazing. As regular readers know she has sleep problems. I had no idea back then just how severe they would eventually become, but she was very restless for a newborn. In the wrap, she slept like a, well, like a baby. lol No matter how restless, agitated, or fussy she was feeling, once in the wrap she dozed off in minutes.
And living in a very hilly town, I love not having a pram to push around. All these mums here sweat and puff their way up and down the many stairs. Wearing her is so much more convenient.
Would I have done anything differently? Firstly, I wish we had taken copious amounts of photos in the wrap. I guess I was too busy walking and wearing. Secondly, I could have done with a 2nd wrap, one of those quick slip-on ones. I can see now that for quick trips to the shop or such, a really easy no-fuss sling would have been priceless.
Our next adventures will be trying a back carry, as she's no longer keen on the front wrap whilst around the house. But this style of wrap still feels really awkward to me... stay tuned for the misadventures....
Head on over to Adventures in Babywearing to share your own story, and perhaps even win a carrier from Nonny & Boo for your little one.
Find out more about babywearing week at Babywearing International.