I am blessed with two beautiful and healthy kids who, for some reason, loved being held as infants. But carrying them everywhere became a struggle—that is until I began babywearing.
I was introduced to babywearing as a teen. When my brother had his first child, I was always asked to babysit. I remember one day being faced with the dilemma of having to attend a casting call in Manhattan and having to take care of my niece.
I couldn't say no to a potential modeling gig, but I also couldn't leave my 1-year-old baby niece by herself. So, her mom suggested I wear a baby carrier. Back then, I didn't know what it was much less how to put it on.
After getting a crash course in babywearing, I was able to maneuver through the New York City streets and easily make my way in and out of the subway with no problem.
Fast forward to when I was pregnant with my own baby and putting together a baby list of must-have products and gadgets for the registry. One of the things my husband and I included immediately was a baby carrier, which helped me get through the tough first years with my babies. Here are 5 reasons I love babywearing.
1. It kept my colicky baby calm.
My daughter had a lot of stomach issues that made her very colicky. But whenever I'd place her in a carrier, she immediately became quiet. Being held so closely eased her discomfort. My kids and I have a special bond that I partially attribute to babywearing.
2. It's a great way to put Baby to sleep.
Both of my children had problems sleeping as infants. I remember people advising us to put them in the car and drive them around the neighborhood until they fell asleep. But I didn't feel comfortable leaving the house with babies so late at night. Rather than bundle them up for a car ride, I put them in the carrier and walked around the house. They were out in no time.
I rarely used a stroller because it was such a pain to take out of the car. Aside from holding my shopping bags at the mall, I really didn't have much use for it when my kids were babies. Having them in the carrier made it so convenient to get around. I was also able to breastfeed discretely.
When my son was 2 months old, I decided to take him to Atlanta, Georgia for a conference. Since I was traveling out of state alone with a newborn, I planned out my trip ahead of time. Luckily, there was train service that took me from the airport directly to the hotel where the conference was held. So he stayed in his baby carrier pretty much the entire time.
5. Easier to multitask
Both kids enjoyed being held. However, with so many things to do, I couldn't always have them in my arms. Right after giving birth to my son a couple of years ago, I had a few exams to take for school. But he just wouldn't stop crying and he refused to go in his bassinet. So I literally took my exams with him attached to me the entire time.
There are so many benefits to babywearing; these were just some of the reasons why I loved it so much. Now that my kids are a little older, my baby carrier is in semi-retirement. But if there is a baby No. 3, you can bet I'll continue the tradition because I've certainly seen the effects of having one handy.