Hat c/o The Posh Plum
I never wore Mia as a babe unless we went hiking, and even then I used a crappy, cheap carrier that probably wasn't comfortable for her (sorry Mia!) I don't know if wraps were just coming out then or if I was just completely oblivious to the world of baby wearing, but I am sad I missed out on experiencing that with her! To say I was excited to try baby wraps with James is an understatement! I couldn't wait... and our experience did not disappoint!
I first wore James when he was just 5 days old and I immediately fell in love with how cozy and snuggly it was for him! I made it a point to wrap him to me each day, even if it was just for a walk to the mail box, so that we could get used to it quicker! Once our parents went back home and it was all on me to keep both kids alive (while staying sane) it became necessary to wear James almost every day! Wrangling a toddler is no joke and I often feel like I need two pairs of hands to do it... but since that's not possible, keeping both of my hands free is key ;)
My favorite thing about baby wearing in public (besides the obvious- keeping my baby snuggled close) is that people tend to keep their distance when James is strapped to me. We were out and about as a new family of 4 when James was just 2 weeks old and we stopped for a quick lunch. We left James in his car seat with a cover, and some strange lady seriously came over and lifted the cover up, then stuck her head in the car seat. Umm, excuse me?! He was covered for a reason!! Strangers have no problem invading sweet baby's personal space, but an adult? That's a different story. I've never had a stranger (over the age of 10, ha ha! kids are a different story) try to touch James, let alone stick their face in his while I'm wearing him... can I get a hallelujah?! Baby wearing for the win!
When I look back on the first five months of James' life, I just didn't have the time to sit and snuggle him all day the way I did with Mia, unfortunately! That's all I wanted to do because I knew this time around just how quickly the time passes, and it's just not fair! But James isn't my only baby and Mia needs my attention as well! My favorite thing about wearing James at home (or anywhere for that matter) is that he was snuggled close to me and that's all he knew! It didn't matter that I was making dinner, playing with Mia, doing my hair, etc... for all he knew, I was sitting on the couch and doing nothing but snuggling him! We both had that closeness we needed and craved (it was a tad more relaxing on his end ;)) and I was able to tend to my other duties as well! So if you haven't caught on by now... I'm a huge baby wearing lover and recommend it to all momma's! We adore Happy Baby Wraps (we own 4, ha ha!) and definitely recommend the brand!
Wrap c/o Happy Baby Wrap
James is such a big boy (he weighs over 17 pounds now! Holy cow, kid! Slow down!) and I'm sad to see the wrap days come to a close, but I am looking into a carrier for more support. I'm sure I'll still use my wraps when I will only be wearing him for a short time, but I need more support for longer periods of time (hiking, etc) I am totally open to (and would love some) suggestions/recommendations!