I am a bit behind on posts. There is a whole line up in my head that is starting to create some congestion. Here is one that was supposed to go up last week.
Four months ago, I was concerning myself with the baby registry. It is one of those things that I obsessed over during the pregnancy. But hindsight’s 20/20 and here is what I have to say about the baby registry now: meh.
Although a lot of the things I bought and was given were designed to make my life easier with a newborn and beyond, now I know that you really don’t need most of that stuff.
So what does the baby need?
And maybe some diapers. But mostly? Me. For many hours a day.
What I have found out very quickly is that babywearing makes this whole baby-needs-me-all-the-time thing more possible and also enjoyable. There are more advantages than just the obvious one of being hands-free so you can…well…you know, live your life.
When they are newborns, is a nice way to help transition them into the world from the womb. Even if we held our babies 12 hours a day, that is still half the time they are used to being carried. Crazy.
He doesn’t cry when I wear him.
He sees what I see instead of just laying there looking at the ceiling.
It is the easiest way to get him to nap on the days he is fighting them.
I can also feed him while wearing him. The other day I was brushing my teeth while nursing and typing. Any multitasking is made easier while babywearing. And from what I gather from friends’ experiences, moms of more than one would certainly agree with me on this one.
I learn more about his cues since he is close to me. We understand each other a bit better.
When I ride the train, I don’t feel like I am taking up a huge space with a stroller, and even when it gets crowded, he feels safe next to me. He has yet to throw a fit on public transportation. However, he is an expert at frowning at the redline passengers. I don’t blame him.
Along those same lines, strangers are less likely to come up and touch Benton if I am wearing him. A word to strangers who think it is cool to touch other people’s babies without warning: No.
Best of all, it is just nice to be close. After about 7 weeks of age, he stopped napping on our chests. He is already becoming more independent. But when I am wearing him, he will lay his little head down on me and be happy with the world.
If you are a mama-to-be and are in the obsess-over-the-registry phase, do yourself a favor and add a wrap, sling, or carrier to your list. My favorite right now is the Ergo. (Though if you buy the Ergo, you will need a newborn insert for the first couple months.) But if I had to choose just one for the first three months? I would choose the Moby wrap or something like it. It is one of the more affordable options, and it is also very versatile. But ring slings are nice, too. Crap, it is hard to choose just one.
If you want to learn more about babywearing from 165 different parents who love it as well, visit this post and check out all the links at the bottom.