Carrying your baby is such a personal choice and babyweaing can feel as big a minefield as buying a buggy. We asked baby wearer Kate from LesbeMums to share her tips with us...over to Kate.
I've been wearing T ever since he was a few weeks old. The comfort of knowing how close he was, and probably likewise for him, meant we could go anywhere hands free.
During the early days, thanks to babywearing, I've managed to cook dinners, walk the dog, and even clean the house. It was probably my number one go to parenting item.
It's not been easy, mind you. Learning how to wrap, knowing what SSC, SPOC, and FSOT means, not to mention managing my addiction has all taken time!
If you're thinking of getting into babywearing, here are a few basic tips to get you started:
1. Find a local sling library.
Unless you have a knowledgable friend, the best thing you can do is find your local sling library. Sling libraries not only give you opportunities to hire, but they teach you how to wear your baby safely.
Making sure you try a few before you buy is another good reason to try out a sling library. It may save you £££ in the long run.
2. Learn T.I.C.K.S
Tight - In view - Close enough to kiss - Keep chin off neck - Supported back.
These are the key points to making sure baby is safe whilst being worn.
3. Dress appropriately.
Always class your wrap or carrier as a layer of clothing, so in the summer; let your baby lose a layer. It's likely you'll still get hot and sweaty, but so could you pushing a buggy.
4. Practise and take your time.
I'll admit, I may have sworn, got hot and sweaty, and vowed never to do it again. But after several practise sessions at home and at my sling library I managed to get quite good at wrapping... And then I was opened to the world of buckle carriers and my babywearing days were complete.
5. Know that not every carrier is for you (ie. You can't have them all!).
Jokes aside, not every carrier will suit everyone. There are some that favour padding on the shoulders but no seat, there are others that almost have a built in seat for the baby but the straps may dig in at the hips.
Either way, with time, you will find your carrier and just because it may not suit someone else doesn't mean it's not a good one. Go with one that makes babywearing comfortable and enjoyable (for both of you).
So there are my starter tips for if you fancy giving babywearing a go. Have I missed anything? What is your number one piece of advice for those that wish to start babywearing?