Forget the Stroller, I’ll Wear My Baby Instead

I have fallen completely in love with babywearing. I’m even talking about babywearing at Curvy Girl Guide today.

Some might call it an addiction.

I cannot deny that logic.

I kind of—okay definitely—addicted to wearing my baby. So much so that I regret not discovering the wonders of babywearing when G-tot was a baby. Thankfully I discovered how much I love it while Huggy Baby is still small. Even better is that Huggy Baby loves to be worn.

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Double Hammock in a Hoppediz Chicago woven wrap

What I love so much about babywearing is the sense of closeness and security I feel with having my baby so close to me. Chest-to-chest and close enough to kiss is perfect for sweet baby snuggles. High on my back in a double hammock and he can see the world from my point of view and still snuggle up against me. Plus, when you wear your baby you don’t have to worry about finagling a stroller through crowds and tight spots or up and down stairs. At the park a few weeks ago Huggy Baby and I would have been stuck on the shore instead of skipping stones and exploring the dried up spots of the Maumee River with Josh and G-tot had we not been babywearing.

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Exploring the Metroparks

At the zoo

At the zoo

See, babywearing brings families together. Plus, the different carriers seem to come with sleepy dust. Huggy Baby is so comfy when he is worn that he falls asleep almost every single time. It’s magical.

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Sleepy Dust in woven wraps

It started with the Moby wrap which I wore sporadically for the first six months or so of Huggy Baby’s life. It was great but I knew I was barely scratching the surface of babywearing with it. Little did I know just how many options were out there when it comes to babywearing. Mei Tais. Woven wraps. Podageis. Wrap conversions. Ring Slings. Soft structured carriers.

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WAHM WC Mei Tai (left) & GMBB gauze wrap (right)

And then there are all the different types of carries you can do depending on the type/size/length of carrier you are using. Front cross carry. Poppins hip carry. Double hammock back carry. It goes on and on.

Like I said, I LOVE it.

I even belong to a handful of babywearing groups on Facebook (and on the internet in general) these days. These groups have been a valuable resource when it comes to learning about babywearing. Sure, it takes a minute or two to learn all the different acronyms for the carriers and carries I mentioned above. But no worries, the ladies in these groups are fabulous. So many of them are fiercely passionate about babywearing and are more than willing to share their knowledge with newbies and seasoned babywearers alike.

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Front wrap cross carry (left) & Rucking the big guy (right) in Girasol's Fire Rainbow woven wrap

And although I’m far from a seasoned baby wearer, I even made a little YouTube video on how to do a FWCC for a colleague who babywearing curious thanks to the influx of photos I’ve posted on Facebook.

Do you have any experience babywearing? Do you have questions about babywearing? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments!

9 comments to Forget the Stroller, I’ll Wear My Baby Instead

  • Nancy

    Lovely post :) I started with a stretchy moby too, baby V is now 3.5 months old but a very big boy. I bought a soft structured carrier (Beco) which is great for speed and for my husband (all black, straps and buckles!), but I’m now looking for something a bit softer again. I bought a ring sling but at the moment find it too uncomfortable, I’m told it will come into its own once baby V is toddling and wants up, then down, then up and is sitting on my hip comfortably. My dilema now is do I go for a woven wrap or a mai tai…. babywearing is a wonderful but wonderfully addictive thing too! x

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  • i too have discovered the pure joy that comes with wearing a baby. jackson HATED being worn, but we had so much going on with him anyways… with sawyer, she is worn ALL THE TIME. the moby got me thru her newborn-ness, and she’s been in an ergo all summer long with this crazy heat. i’m always looking for the next thing though, and may get a ring sling. love love LOVE wearing my littles.

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  • I have no experience in baby wearing but I had to comment and mention how fantastic you look!!!

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  • Nice, I’m sure this will help some parents.
    Glad to see Toledo Bloggers doing well.

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  • hey lady! i finally made my way over to your blog! i’m super excited to try baby wearing for my next one, whenever that may be.

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  • julia

    i LOVE the picture of you and your older son on your back! so much peace and tenderness, absolutely priceless! i say nursing and child-carrying for world peace! :)

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  • I love this post! The pictures of you and huggy baby are too adorable. I always thought that carriers were uncomfortable but your review makes me feel like I should give it a try.

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