Wearing my Baby – My Story
Making the decision to wear my baby was the best decision I have ever made. When you are pregnant you are bombarded with information about what you need as a first time parent. I spent hours trawling the internet and came up with a pretty good list. One thing I was pretty adamant on was that I wanted to carry my baby rather than use a pram.
As with anything there are a million and one different types of carriers. All good advice out there said go to your local Sling Library.
When I was 35 weeks pregnant I met the incredibly helpful ladies at Morecambe Bay Sling Library. I sat nervously watching them show new mothers how to wrap and bundle their new babies safely into varying carriers. At 39 weeks I called back in and they lent me a Close Caboo ready for when the baby arrived, 2 weeks later.
The Caboo kept me going for a good month but I like to change things up so I tried a Hop Tye next. A completely different style of carrier that had a cute star on the front, he was so small and having him close to me meant I could respond to his needs and keep him comforted.
Three months later and I was pretty confident with carrying the Robot. We went on daily walks together and people always, even now, commented on how cozy and comfortable he looks attached to me. It’s true. Our next progression was to a stretchy wrap, looking back now I think I should probably have started with this but at the time I just went with the flow. We took this one all way to the South Coast on holiday.
Having the stretchy wrap though just confirmed that I really love wrapping. There is something about being in charge of how tight it is, what the spread over the shoulder and around the body. It’s not difficult at all once you’ve practiced. Carrying in a wrap just feels like an extension of your body.
It was great having the sling library to go to for advice as it made the progression very simple. We tried out a hybrid wrap (sorry don’t know the name!) next. It is a woven wrap with a stretch in it. It gave me a leap between having the stretchy wrap before going fully woven. I loved this wrap and we took the Robot on some pretty impressive walking trips. It being November at this stage it was nice and thick and made us really snuggly. Here we are at the top of Ingleborough:
As I said near the start I do like to change things up a little and I wanted to take the opportunity to try out different slings from the library.
They have loads to try out so it’s never boring!
I borrowed a full on woven wrap next and got to grips with how to tie the Robot on. There are a plenty of ways to tie on but I’m of the philosophy that if you find something that works, use it! I love the front cross carry. He is easy to pop in and out again.
This was my last wrap that I borrowed from the library. I knew I wanted to continue wearing my baby so it being Christmas time I took the leap to buying my own. If you can’t treat yourself at Christmas then when else!
It’s a tough decision buying your first wrap. They aren’t cheap to buy and with millions to choose from it’s a minefield. I looked online for a few weeks but in the end I resorted to going back to chat to the ladies at Morecambe Bay Slings for advice.
Lucky me that I did. They were piloting a scheme with Fire Spiral Slings for parents that use sling libraries and show a passion and interest in wrapping. They helped me buy my first wrap with a 55% discount off a Fire Spiral sling. This is a massive discount!
I bought a Fire Spiral Aurora Twilight Starmap. It’s truly beautiful and feels amazing. I love using it. My story doesn’t end here. I carried on with the Front Cross Carry until the Robot was 11 months old. I knew that I should learn some different carries. Carrying him on my back was the next progression.
Cue a private consultation with Tamsin from the sling library teaching me how to tie him on my back. Again this isn’t as complicated as it looks and just takes practice and the know how. I now love carrying him on my back… Even up hills:
This isn’t the end of my story either, I can’t thank Morecambe Bay Slings enough for all they have done to help me in wearing my son. I love having him close to me and it means we are able to go on lots of adventures together. We would not be able to do half the things we do without him on our backs.
One thing I can do…
When I saw an Ad a month ago for volunteers at Morecambe Bay Slings for admin at their sling meets, I jumped on it. They’ve taken me in and I now volunteer for them, a month in and I am thoroughly enjoying it.
My next mission is to teach Dave how to wrap!
Thank you for reading my baby wearing story. Do you carry your children? How have you found it?
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