My Two Cents: Babywearing

A 1986 study found that 6-week-old infants carried at least 3 hours a day cried and fussed 43% less than their less-frequently-held counterparts. Anecdotally, I have found that to be true for Jacob. In fact, he’s snuggled up in his carrier sleeping away as I write this post.

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Jacob in the Baby K’Tan

I have been wearing Jacob 4-5 hours a day for the last month or so, which clearly makes me an expert. Here is my two cents on babywearing.

I tried the Moby Wrap (takes too long to get on when Jacob wants in), this mei tai (too big for him right now, but I will go back to it when he’s bigger), and this sling (the most expensive option and I was in a world of hurt in the first five minutes). Finally, I discovered the Baby K’Tan, which was billed to me as the “Moby for Idiots.” (Sorry, Baby K’Tan – you are so much more than that.) It has all the awesomeness of a Moby Wrap, but it takes me only 2 minutes to get Jacob in it. Once in, he instantly goes to sleep. Unless it’s his witching hour, in which case all bets are off. The rest of the time, though, it’s like magic.

After the end of the Fourth Trimester (yes, it’s a thing), I’m going to have to start putting him down for at least one nap a day. For right now, though, I have a well-rested, happy little boy snuggled up against me. What’s not to love?

For more information on babywearing, check out Babywearing International or visit your local independent baby boutique, like my favorite: Growing Up in St. Petersburg.

5 thoughts on “My Two Cents: Babywearing

  1. Sounds like baby wearing is enabling u to be close and bond just as it u were nursing. He gets to know u, ur sounds, smells, heart rhythm etc
    24 years ag there was only one carrying option and it wasn’t very good but I still carried until my back would no longer could take it.
    Enjoy ur posts: am learning a lot

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  2. Yay for babywearing! It is so nice to see babywearing becoming more common, and posts like yours that help increase awareness of the wonderfulness of babywearing. I love it because it’s the only way I get housework done when baby wants to be fussy or clingy. It sounds like you have some great resources with BWI and your local boutique. Keep calm and carry on! 😉

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  3. We loved our Baby K’Tan, too. My husband felt like he got to experience carrying the baby the way I had for 9 months (although quite a bit higher, honey…) and she could sleep on his chest, listening to his heartbeat and breathing. I love how it allowed them to bond while I was still recovering from labor. Once I was back in the swing of things, this girl was in the wrap many hours a day and SO peaceful. She’s huge now (at 11 months) and I’m still trying to find ways to carry her in it…It’s okay as a sling (thanks for the head’s up about the sling you tried BTW), but I sure miss the criss-crossed method.

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