I think pretty much everyone who has met me has seen me babywear at one point or another. I am rarely farther then 50 feet from a baby carrier as I have “small” collection that I use at home (Hubs would debate the word small), and always have at least 1 carrier in my car as well. Honestly, I don’t know how parents can parent without a baby carrier! It is a must have item for all parents in my books, just look at some of the times babywearing can make your life easier:
School Pick-ups/Drop-offs – Instead of trying to coax my 2 year old to walk the 500 feet we need to to pick up his brother I have been known to tandem wear both the toddler and the baby to make sure that I can make it to the school on-time. Also if I am wearing Little Bear he can’t take off to the play ground or try to escape into the school… it has been known to happen
Food Prep – Need to peel veggies or chop up some fruit but your baby just wants to be with Y.O.U. Snuggle them close in a carrier they are happy and you can still get things done. Of course you should never be dealing with the oven or stove while wearing your baby and always be aware of where sharp objects are in relation to your little one.
Shoveling Snow – We have had so much snow it kind of feels like winter is never going to end. The snow doesn’t magically disappear from my drive way just because I have a baby at home. So lets suit up and get out there to clear the snow.
At a Ball/Wedding/Dance – Hubs and I had the opportunity to go to a Ball last month. There was no way I was going to miss a chance to get dressed up, or to have to drag a stroller around the event. I dressed Baby Roo up in a party dress, put her in a ring sling and we were off the the Ball!
Bedtime routines – Always a high demand time where everyone is getting sleepy and wants your attention. Running bedtime when you have more then 1 kid it tricky. Story time is made so much easier with the baby in a carrier you still have 2 hands to deal with the other children.
When your Double Stroller is just not enough – I am a mom of 3 under 5 (crazy I know), although my oldest likes to walk most of the time he legs still get tried. Having a small baby carrier on hand (a sling usually) allows me to carry the baby while the other 2 get a smooth ride in the stroller.
Conferences/Business Meetings – Just because I had a baby does not mean my life stopped. I still run a business (ahem… this blog) and have commitments to uphold. So what do I do? Put the baby in a carrier and we are off! Little Bear attended 4 different conferences before he was a year old, trust me it can be done.
So tell me when has babywearing saved you? Where are you favorite places to babywear?