This week is International Babywearing Week and I have set myself a goal to finally master a back carry for Sophie. I’ve tried a couple of times to wrap her in a back carry but each time got as far as getting her on my back and then struggled to secure her before she got too wriggly. After watching lots of YouTube videos and getting some help from my local sling meet, tonight I finally managed to get her in a back carry for the first time! It’s not perfect – I’ve been told that a deeper seat and higher knees will make it more comfy for both of us, but it’s a start.
The theme for this week’s International Babywearing Week is ‘Share the Adventure’ and so I thought I’d share some of my experiences of babywearing over the last three years. I love babywearing – it gives me the chance to have lovely snuggles whilst keeping my hands free. It’s often easier to wrap Sophie and let Jessica walk when we go out and about, especially if we’re going somewhere where the buggy is more awkward to take – on the tube or if there are steps to negotiate.
When Jessica was a tiny baby, I had a Kari-Me stretchy wrap which I loved – once I’d mastered the basic knot, it was so easy – I could get it wrapped and ready and then just put Jessica inside it. I loved being able to snuggle her so close. Unfortunately it was too small to fit my husband, but we bought a soft buckle carrier so that he could also carry Jessica when we were out and about.
The Kari-Me is suitable for babies up to 15kg but I found that because it was stretchy, as Jessica became heavier, it started to put more strain on my shoulders and back. I still remember a day out in London when she was 15 months old where I wore her in the sling all day – thank goodness I had a chiropractor appointment a couple of days later! She’s still not yet 15kg but there is no way I’d be able to carry her for any significant period of time in that wrap any more.
Sophie was a heavier baby and so by about six months, she also started to feel a little too heavy for the Kari-Me and so I bought a lovely Colimacon et Cie woven wrap. This felt much more comfortable on my back and shoulders because the fabric wasn’t stretchy and therefore wasn’t pulling on them. I still find this wrap very comfortable with Sophie now that she is almost a year old and weighing around 9kg. I’ve also carried Jessica in this wrap and found it comfortable (although admittedly haven’t carried her for long periods of time – so not sure how long it would be comfortable for).
Whilst on holiday, I found another soft buckle carrier in a second hand shop for the bargain price of 5 euros. Whilst this was nowhere near as comfortable as my woven wrap, it was fabulous for carrying Sophie in the hot weather as there was much less fabric covering her and it was also very quick to use so got quite a bit of use over the summer. Now that Sophie is getting heavier though and the colder weather is coming, I think I’ll be sticking to my woven wrap.
Linking in with PODCast for What’s the Story? and with Let’s Talk Mommy for Share with Me: