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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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Boba. The opinions and text are all mine.