Safe Babywearing Tips

December 17, 2013

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Boba. The opinions and text are all mine. Some of the research info is taken from the Boba site and articles.

I Love Babywearing!

When Micah was a bitty baby, the only way I could get him to sleep was carrying him. Strollers and car rides put him to sleep, but not nearly as well as carrying. Oh, and it had to be standing and holding, apparently sitting wasn’t quite the same.

But, as super cute as he is, with the dishes piling up in the sink and lots to do, I needed my hands free. So, I started babywearing. I have used a sling and a front carrier and still use them interchangeably.

My friend Tiffany from BabesandKidsReview.com has a newborn and she, too can’t get much done around the house without babywearing. Her family of 5 just moved and all the unpacking is being done with baby Nova in a Boba.

Micah loved babywearing, and I don’t blame him! Being held, or worn, helps baby be in the most natural, comfortable position and brings baby close to the warmth and comfort of mom. It’s totally healthy! We did gradually get him used to sleeping without being held, and now he’s a fantastic nap-time and night-time sleeper (it takes a lot of time and patience and every baby is different), but I still enjoy babywearing when we are out and about! Plus, it’s healthier than long periods in a stroller, and the sling or carrier are way easier to transport! Check out an awesome article here to learn more about why strollers, car seats and laying on their backs is harsh on babies bodies.

Reasons to Babywear

Wearing babies makes happier babies who become independent faster, cry less, and sleep better. Plus, babywearing is:

  • Better for baby’s spine.
  • More natural, for baby.
    • Imagine how baby was in the womb. Then imagine a crib or stroller…. huge difference. Now imagine babywearing…. that’s better.
  • Encourages better development!
    • Baby has more opportunities to hold up her head, move her limbs, and wiggle along with mom’s (or dad’s) movements.
  • Is healthier for baby:
    • Research has shown (and it makes sense) that babywearing, rather than lying in a crib or stroller, encourages better breathing, fewer ear infections, increases balancing abilities, thermo-regulates better, and more!
  • Is good for learning!
    • Baby can see and interact with his world, and his mommy, much better, yay!

Wear Baby Inward Facing

So, I just recently found out that wearing baby facing inward is the only way to go! Whether baby is on your back facing over your shoulder, or on front facing backwards, or on your hip eating your shoulder, baby should face in.
Why? Lots of reasons! Facing in:

  • Supports baby’s legs and thighs better, and gives the back a more natural curve.
  • Is easier on your back!
  • Sits baby on his butt instead of his man-parts (ouch).
  • Lets you see baby’s face better.
  • And more! Check out a Boba blog article here.

Especially as infants, babies should definitely be facing inward!

Wear Baby Comfortably!

Find the best carrier for you. Boba has some fantastic carriers! Check out lots of carriers online, try them on in used stores, try them on at home (keep your receipts!), and pick a comfortable carrier. If it isn’t comfortable, you won’t enjoy wearing it and it won’t be worth it’s money.

Check out Boba’s Pinterest Board and my own Pinterest board I did to showcase some of my favorite babywearing photos:

 

Other Babywearing Tips:

  • Wear your sweater/coat on the outside in case you get warm.
  • If you are on a tight budget, check out used carriers at 2nd-hand stores!
  • Keep your carrier by the door, or in the car: easy to grab and go!

What are your thoughts on safe babywearing?

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Comments

  1. I didn’t babywear with either of my boys – but if we had more kids I absolutely would! I didn’t realize there were so many fantastic benefits!

  2. When I had my kids (they are 7 and 9), I was only aware of two types of baby wearing things and neither one of them worked well for me. I think it had a lot to do with how short waisted I am. But if I were having kids now, I would definitely try out other options!

  3. I used a baby carrier with both of my young children and loved it. The freedom it gave me was invaluable!

  4. Nova in a Boba. Love it! Wish I’d experimented with different carriers when mine were smaller.

  5. These are such great tips! I love my Boba carrier and I’m all about wearing baby inward. My girls like it better too.

  6. I wish I had known about these carriers when I had an infant. I wore Emma almost all of the time, it was the only way to get things done with three kids.

  7. I babywore with #2 and #3 and LOVED it. I actually miss it. It was so much easier than a stroller, and actually pretty comfortable.

  8. I prefer a wrap, I used to wear one kid on my back and an infant in the front :)

  9. I know my carriers have saved my sanity many times… especially when the twins were little!

  10. Baby wearing wasn’t big when I had my kids- but I so would have loved one of the carriers as opposed to holding them all the time. The carrier is more natural and convenient.

  11. I was a babywearing mama but not exclusively. There were times the baby bouncer and swing were all my infants wanted. I loved it! Great tips!

  12. I’m with you, I love babywearing. And I grew even more interested in it after my twins were born because I had to figure out how to wear them both at the same time. Boba has taught me so much about safe babywearing too, especially about having baby face inward. Once that was said to me, it was like a light bulb aha! moment. Geez, it makes so much more sense now. I love my Boba 4G carrier and you’re right, you can get so much more done babywearing.

  13. I have used Moby wrap with my youngest and wished I could have done that with my other 2 boys when they were babies. But better late than never, right?!?! Now Im looking for a better quality of babywearing product. I love Boba!

  14. I loved babywearing and plan to do it with this one as well. I never could get into a sling, though.

  15. Very good tips – babywearing seems like the perfect way to keep baby close while still being able to maneuver as needed with your hands!

  16. I didn’t baby wear when my son was a baby, but I definitely would take advantage of it if I had a baby nowadays (which isn’t happening, though). :)

  17. My son never wanted to be put down. He’s 10 now and I could never find a sling that fit me right when he was little. When my daughter came along they made better ones and I did put her in it sometimes but she was more independent and actually didn’t like it as much.

  18. Well my kids are too old for that..but I dont really have any thoughts on it .. its a personal choice!

  19. I want another baby!!

  20. I love to babywear. I have three carriers, I even wear my three year old still. He is only 30lbs though and well within the limits of our carrier.

  21. That’s such a nice baby carrier! When I had my daughter in 97, baby carriers really stunk. LOL It was more comfortable to just carry her!

  22. I wore 2 of my 3 children and Boba was definitely one of my best carriers. The other little girl would sleep anywhere I put her. :)

  23. Thank you for these great tips. They are perfect for a friend who just had a baby this week.

  24. I sure could have used carriers like those when my children were babies. We did n’t have anything like that back then.

  25. I saw a lot of people doing this after my son was too big to even do it anymore, and now I’m kinda jelly that I didn’t get to have that experience T^T

  26. Neither one of my children let me wear them, and it bugged me because I always pictured baby wearing being one of my ‘things’. But I’m forwarding this so my baby wearing buddies have these tips.

  27. I’m not sure why, but I never really did the babywearing thing. I guess it’s just not for me, but if I had, it would have been baby facing me.

  28. shelly peterson says:

    I didnt use carriers when my kids were little. but they sure would have come in handy. They have changed a lot through the years and are much better now. My daughters use them a lot with their kids.

  29. Great tips to remember thanks for sharing this one.

  30. We recently used the Boba Air with my youngest grandson and it was a very comfortable fit. Good tips!

  31. Lorayne Gothard says:

    I agree with you that baby wearing is a great idea. I didn’t think about the babies spine!! I also think sleeping with the baby is a good idea!!

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