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.
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?