Safe Babywearing Practices and My Babywearing Journey

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If you know me in real life you know I love babywearing, it is my saving grace as a mom of many littles and honestly I have no idea how I would take care of all of them if I didn’t babywear. Since I have a passion for babywearing I am a Boba ambassador and am sharing my babywearing story to help educate you on safe babywearing and the benefits of babywearing. When I had my first daughter we registered for a baby carrier and it got a lot of use. I found that wearing my daughter was so much easier than constantly holding her and it made things like the grocery store much more pleasant. My husband even wore our daughter, in fact it was the only way he felt confident that he could keep her happy for long periods of time if I had to do something. As anew mom I was completely unaware of all the babywearing options and used a carrier that faced out. While it did provide great bonding it not only killed my back and my husbands as she grew but it was not the best option for her either.

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When I had my second daughter I bought my first sling and enjoyed that with her, then I discovered babywearing with baby facing in. I fell in love with the baby facing inward carriers, the bonding was so much better and the snuggling can not be beat. I wore my second daughter much more often and until I became too pregnant with my third daughter she was worn all the time. It was with my third daughter that I discovered the Boba Wrap and it was a lifesaver. My daughter had severe acid reflux and we could not lay her flat without her screaming. I was able to wear her in the Boba Wrap from the time she was 3 days old in a vertical position that kept her pain free and happy. The Boba Wrap kept her safely in place with head support so I could be an active mom with my 4 and 2 year old, I would have been lost without it. When my 3rd daughter was 6 months old I was diagnosed with Graves Disease and had to abruptly quit nursing due to my much needed medicine. It was a very stressful time since my baby had never had formula or used a bottle before and the transition was very rough. As I mourned the loss of our bonding over nursing I began wearing her even more to keep us bonded. My daughter was worn so much that she was completely sleep trained in the baby carrier. This was a huge blessing because when she was 10 months old I had a total thyroidectomy and was not allowed to pick her up for a month. Not being able to give my daughter the closeness to mommy that she needed was really hard but my amazing husband wore her all the time and made sure she still felt close to her parents. After my surgery I jumped back into babywearing and wore her daily until she was 2.

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My 4th daughter followed the trend of babywearing from birth first with the Boba Wrap and them with multiple soft carriers like the Boba 3G. Now baby number 5 is being worn daily and she not only uses the Boba Wrap but the new Boba 4G with infant insert. I do not believe in letting my kids cry it out and honestly we have never had major crying issues. I firmly believe that the bond of babywearing has helped my children to have a strong and healthy attachment to both mom and dad. When I have a fussy baby all it takes is for my husband or I to wear them and they are content. Whether I am at home, the grocery store, church or the soccer field you can find me wearing my baby. Not only does it make my life more manageable it keeps my babies close and happy!

 

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9 Reasons not to carry your baby facing out

If you are unfamiliar with babywearing or why it is safer to wear your baby facing inward Boba is a great resource. As a maker of only inward facing baby carriers Boba is committed to safe babywearing.

 

 

About Ellen Peppercorn

Hi my name is Ellen Peppercorn and I am a 31 year old happily married mom to 5 little girls living in Columbus, Ohio. My husband, my five girls and my faith are the most important things in my life, they are my world! After starting Thrifty & Chic Mom five years ago I am happily blogging daily here about all of the things I love… fashion, beauty, family, cooking and all the products that help me be a better mom or make my life easier as a mom.

Comments

  1. I love the photo’s and your babywearing journey. Just shows how if we are open we learn so much. :) Thanks for sharing this information. :)

  2. ellen beck says:

    It only nakes sense to wear a child facing inward. I think you would be closer and actually the child could ‘cling’ better (meaning use their own body to mold to yours) Good tips.

  3. Mary Happymommy says:

    Wow, it sounds like you’ve been through a lot after your children’s births. After I had my first son, I developed appendicitis and had to stop breastfeeding due to being on such strong medications. It was very disappointing because I had just gotten the hang of it.

    I love babywearing, too!

  4. Alexandra Pitcher says:

    I have a Boba and I cannot say enough good things about it, I would not have survived a very colicky little boy if I couldn’t wear him all the time; my husband also carries my son in the Boba. Number two is due in March and I am so glad I’ll be able to interact with my two year old while wearing his baby brother!

  5. Caitlin R. says:

    This is great info about baby wearing! I have shared it with a few friends that were still not sold on the idea! I have an ergo that I love!

  6. Jennifer Hiles says:

    I really wish I had known more about this when my daughter was younger. I think baby wearing could have been a blessing for me. Before I had her, I had bought something you wear on your back to carry babies. It was the worst thing I ever bought. Not only was it incredibly uncomfortable, she almost fell out of the bottom of it and then when I tried to get her out, it got caught around her neck. It was a horrible experience and I never touched on again after that. These look fantastic though.

  7. Thank you for sharing your babywearing experiences. I have a sister with Graves Disease and know how hard it can be to deal with it’s treatment. Best of luck to you and your family.

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