5 Reasons Why I Love Babywearing

by Charise Rohm Nulsen

If I could only offer one piece of advice to a mama expecting her second child, it would be to find at least one carrier that you are comfortable with and to start babywearing as soon as possible. I literally can’t imagine what my days would be like with a toddler and a baby only 23 months apart without my ERGObaby Organic Baby Carrier. I believe it enhances life for my entire family in so many ways.

Here is why I can’t imagine parenting without babywearing:

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1. My hands are free.
I can vacuum, empty the dishwasher, do laundry, etc. while I know my baby is comfortable and happy.

2. My toddler’s activities have not had to change at all.
We do the same activities, classes, and play dates that we did before Little Sister arrived. My hands are free to play, make art and music, and dance with Big Brother.

3. My baby girl never misses a nap.
It turns out that Little Sister is a big fan of routine and following a specific rhythm every day. She is now 3 months old and takes three naps per day. Either her morning nap, late afternoon nap, or both occur while we are out, but she is always able to fall asleep right on time while she is snuggled against me in the Ergo.

4. I can nurse easily and discreetly as soon as my daughter shows interest.
No matter where we are, Little Sister can nurse immediately and comfortably. I can’t even find words for how much I appreciate this aspect of babywearing. It is the ultimate convenience, and my baby girl never has to go without on demand feeding.

5. It enhances our mama/daughter relationship.
Little Sister can smell Mama, hear my heartbeat, play with my hair or necklace, exchange smiles with me, and physically feel my love for her no matter where we are. I am able to be completely in tune to her wants and needs.

Recently, there have been a couple of circumstances where I was out and about with both children and was not babywearing. I literally felt like I lost my kryptonite! It was difficult to nurse, my back ached as I tried to hold Little Sister and play with Big Brother, and I just generally felt incapable of attending to both kids as I normally would. Never again will I be caught without my Ergo!

Do you babywear? If so, why? If not, what keeps you from doing it?

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