Before my son (Trae) was born I knew I wanted to keep him close. I was all about kangaroo care in the hospital and I was so glad I did it, he tried to latch on immediately and I felt this instant bond with him. I practiced skin to skin contact for around 3 weeks while I was establishing my milk supply, and I truly believe this helps. Your body produces hormones like crazy when you are laying with your baby against your bare chest, hence producing milk. I also wanted to keep him close in public.
I knew I wanted to wear him at the grocery, or while shopping or at church. I mean let’s just face it… none of us want someone touching our baby. I still don’t like for strangers to touch him, especially his hands or face, and he’s almost 14 months old!
I had 2 carriers given to me as gifts at my shower, a Chicco, and an Infantino. Neither were a success. Both of them caused Trae’s legs to turn purple, they got cold and they KILLED my back. He never lasted in one of them for an entire grocery trip, my back and shoulders couldn’t take it and I worried about his legs too much. I used a basic sling at home which I liked okay, but I didn’t feel like it was sturdy enough to use for a long period of time. So, around 6 months I researched soft structured carriers like it was my job. Tula, Boba, Lenny Lamb, and Lillebaby for the most part. I wanted to make sure that I spent my money on something I would be satisfied with and actually use.
I am happy to say that with Lillebaby not only did I make a good decision, I made my life so much easier, and I also started feeding the beginning of an addiction! For those of you who don’t know much about baby wearing or have never tried it, let me explain. Baby wearing is an amazing way to bond with your baby. I have 3 stories to share with you about bonding. I have a friend who couldn’t breastfeed, she felt like a failure, she felt like she hadn’t bonded with her baby, she felt guilty and she was so upset about it. The best thing about this baby carrier is that this comes with a hip seat.
I encouraged her to start baby wearing to see if it helped. Do you know that she is still thanking me for helping her and this happened 3 months ago?! She said she felt like that closeness is what she needed to help cope with not breastfeeding. Another friend suffered from postpartum depression for several months. I encouraged her to start baby wearing as well. She said she didn’t feel close to the baby, she sometimes didn’t enjoy feeding the baby or even rocking her to sleep. (more…)