I’m sure by now you’ve heard that baby wearing is good for both you and your little one. There are plenty of studies out there that show that the more babies are held, the less they cry. That baby wearing aids in your baby’s development, both physically and emotionally. That it gives you the chance to form a deeper bond since you maintain a closeness through your day. These are all fabulous reasons to wear your baby! But it doesn’t have to be just about biology and psychology. There are plenty of practical reasons for baby wearing as well.
[ 1 ] Baby wearing makes you more mobile . When you’ve got your baby in the carrier, you don’t have to worry about negotiating steps, escalators, narrow aisles, or any other tight spaces (trendy little restaurants, I’m looking at you) with a stroller. Your escalator-loving toddler will thank you!
[ 2 ] Baby wearing keeps your hands free . When your baby (or toddler) just wants to be picked up, putting them in the carrier lets you keep checking items off your todo list: cooking, cleaning, that Kathy Smith step aerobics DVD that’s been collecting dust in your basement.
[ 3 ] Baby wearing means built-in exercise for you . Have you ever seen those speed walking enthusiasts with their two dumbbells in hand? Well you’ve just joined their ranks because you’ve got yourself your very own dumbbell strapped to your front (or back). And, better yet, your dumbbell continuously increases in weight all by itself so there’s no such thing as slacking on your fitness regime.
[ 4 ] Baby wearing saves your sanity (and your money!) when flying . Babies fly free until the age of two but if you’ve ever attempted to fly with a baby who only wants to sleep in his crib or car seat (Nicky: I’m looking at you, kid), flying is pretty much your worst nightmare unless you’ve bought an extra ticket and schlepped the car seat through the entire airport (a nightmare of its own). Babies who are used to sleeping in the carrier will easily fall asleep in there even on an airplane. Plus, since they’re attached to you, you can shut your eyes and feel assured that they’re doing alright. Isabelle was a carrier sleeper for the first year and a half of her life and it made flying with her a breeze!
[ 5 ] If you’re a dude, babywearing is a major chick magnet . Even more so than an adorable puppy, and that’s saying something. If you’re taking the kids to the playground on the weekend whilst your other-half gets a much-deserved break, give your ego a boost and go ahead and wear that baby!
My favourite carrier right now is the Lillebaby Complete Original (seen here in teal seahorses). It’s got you covered for the entirety of your baby wearing years, from newborn to 45 lbs. You have the option of wearing your child on the front, hip or back, the seat width is adjustable (so it can accommodate a small baby as well as a larger toddler), and the neck support panel can be raised to make the back higher. For parent comfort while using the front carry position, you can cross the straps behind your back and/or use the optional lumbar support pad to give your lower back a little extra support. Plus Lillebaby offers absolutely adorable matching doll carriers to turn your older child into a proud mini mama or papa. What’s not to love?
Plusbottom has very generously offered to gift one of my readers with a $40 store credit and free shipping! They stock a lot of my favourite brands and products, including the Lillebaby carriers you see here, as well as Canadian shops Otherware + The Wild Kids Apparel (amongst many other amazing brands).
How to enter:
- Leave a comment telling me your favourite reason for baby wearing.
- For extra entries, head on over to my Instagram.
- That’s it!
Giveaway is open to residents of Canada and USA. Must be 19 years or older to enter. Giveaway ends Friday, December 2, 2016 at 11:59 EST. Winner will be e-mailed or sent an Instagram DM. Good luck!