I will be the first to admit that I am far from
an attachment parent. I don’t do extended breastfeeding, I don’t co-sleep, I do believe in spanking….
Charlotte at 7 months
In the New Native
(too big on me, but it was our first sling)
I branched out and bought a ring sling – which I LOVED
(FYI—the shoulder of a ring sling really should be spread out over your shoulder more, and not so far up on my neck)
And then I bought a 2nd hand buckle tai for $20 as I knew I wasn’t going to be into the tying of a regular mai tai.
It was a great little carrier… but not super easy for me to use.
Then against all odds I won an Ergo in a raffle.
I remember entering my $5 thinking… that was just a waste.
And then I won! I wish I had video taped my response.
Not that I endorse gambling of any sort.
With Baby #3, I was grabbing carriers left and right.
But my trusty ring sling is my favorite for newborn froggy holds.
But it didn’t take long to be able to pop Helen in the Ergo
(With big babies like mine, I passed on the infant insert and just froggy’d their legs until they could pop them out)
We still occasionally grab the ring sling,
though the arching of the back tantrum is not too compatible
with this sling
For now, we love our Ergo and it is like
calming waters to this restless little llama.
At 14 months I am milking the baby wearing as long as I can
I will be SO sad when my Baby Wearing days are over.
If you are new to baby wearing,
I would recommend you check out the following sites:
Peppermint.com – Guide to Baby Wearing is a great site with information as well as slings to buy
The Baby Wearer—is a forum with information on ALL kinds of slings and carriers. But also a For Sale Forum where you can usually find
a used carrier, and sell your used carriers. (but I warn you…there are some SERIOUS baby wearers on that site…it is overwhelming to me at times. So I recommend going in with a carrier in mind to ask about.
Friends and strangers—the best way to learn about a carrier is to ask someone who is wearing it and see if you can borrow it, or try it on. I remember when I had just had Charlotte I was in Walmart and I asked a stranger about her sling and she asked if I want to try “it” on… Babywearers are usually very excited about their slings. So ask them!
What is your favorite Baby Carrier??