This is Day 15 of our series on “Surviving & Thriving with a Newborn” — part of the 31 day writing challenge hosted by the Nester. Every day in October I’ll be sharing a tip about how to make the most of and enjoy the sleep-deprived newborn days. For a list of all the posts in this series, click here.
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As I mentioned before, with my first child I practiced more of an attachment style of parenting. We co-slept, demand-fed, and did a lot of baby-wearing. Of the three, only one has really carried over into my present style of parenting, and that is wearing my baby.
Our first daughter cried a lot, and most days I had to carry or hold her in order to soothe her. But sitting on the couch all day holding a baby was not an option for me. I had a house to clean, dinner to make, errands to run, and chores to do. The only way to get anything accomplished was to wear my daughter.
In the comfort of my arms, close to my heart, she would nuzzle up and fall asleep. As my daughter aged, I still wore her but she would stay awake, watching me while I cooked or swept the floor. While I worked I would talk to her, explaining what Mommy was doing, singing songs to her, and telling stories as we hiked through the woods. My Ergo was a lifesaver for me and for my daughter.
Through the years and subsequent children, I have continued to use the same baby carrier, and it has proven even more helpful with small children in tow. What Mama doesn’t need an extra hand? With my baby in the Ergo, I could “hold” her and hold my children’s hands. Even now, with my fourth daughter, the Ergo is one of a very few baby necessities I have.
This isn’t an ad for the Ergo, although I highly recommend it. Rather, if you’re struggling with a colicky or high-needs baby or if you just want to hold your baby close, then the Ergo or any other baby carrier might be the answer to your prayers.
Here are some helpful links on how & why to wear your baby:
An Introduction to Babywearing & Its Benefits by To the Moon & Back
Have you done babywearing?
What’s your baby carrier of choice?
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