Monday, January 26, 2009

Wearing my baby

My sister-in-law generously offered to lend me her baby wrap (until next time she needs it), similar to this one:

It's wonderfully helpful when I need to get out of the house for short stretches of time, such as for example to the grocery store. Taking the baby in a stroller would be too heavy and cumbersome.

Yesterday, I got out to hang the laundry and water the plants in our garden with Shira tucked inside the baby wrap. I didn't want to leave her alone in the house, even if I'm only in the back yard.

Also, the little one seemed very happy being worn. ;o) She was fussy, despite being fed and dry, but as soon as I placed her in the wrap she calmed down and fell asleep - and continued sleeping when I finished what I needed to do and put her back in her bed. I think it's the warmth and heartbeat, and being in motion, that did the trick.

The baby wrap is just a long, stretchy piece of fabric. Not long ago, a lady who contacted me by email suggested I could make something like this on my own, and I think it can be very simple for anyone who can do some basic sewing. I would consider making it, if I didn't already have one. Perhaps I will, if I need to return it.

36 comments:

Serena said...

Babywearing is so wonderful. The stretchy wraps are great when they're younger, since you can pop 'em in and out. Peppermint.com is a great resource for information on babywearing.

Anonymous said...

Hi Anna and welcome Shira! I used a Moby-brand wrap, like the one pictured when my babies were new. It's wonderful, although can be a bit tricky to wrap and place the baby the first couple of times. I purchased my used, but not without thinking it was silly to buy something so simple to make. However, the fabric of the one I ultimately ended up buying was so nice and would have been twice as much to purchase and "sew". Anyway, as the children grew, I liked using a sling-- quick and easy for short trips and esp. good for the 4-8 month olds who love to see everything going on. After that age, or for longer outings, I prefer a mei tei in terms of the back support. I have made both slings and mei teis from using patterns available on line as guides, then customizing the fit.

Happy baby wearing!

PhDCow said...

I'm so happy to hear how well your new family is doing!

I've heard this idea that the first 3 months after birth are called the 4th trimester. Because human heads are so big, we have to be born after 9 months, but it takes another 3 months for us to be ready for the world. I didn't wear my babies, but they loved a very tight swaddling.

Enjoy this precious time!

- Angela

The Quiet Life said...

Oh, I would love one of these. Babies don't need much, but this to me looks like an essential. I may have to aquire one before my little one arrives in early October.

Jean said...

That is wonderfull!!! I remember not wanting to be to far from my little ones either. newborns can not be spoiled, your heartbeat and scent are her security. I am so happy for you.

Ways of Zion said...

wonderful name! I love it! my BIL stayed with a family in mt. gerizim (spelling?) in Israel and the wife's name was Shira

All 3 of our babies loved being warn as well. They have done studies on the comparing cultures where the baby is worn compared to the western world (where it is less common) and have found that the babies that are worn and stay in their mother's arms most of the day are happier and content and nurse more.

Congratulations once again!

lady jane said...

I wish I had known about a cuddly carrier like the one you have, Anna. I do believe it would have been a welcome and worthy part of when my daughter was a babe. Hindsight is always 20/20...

Blessings,
Jane

Alycia said...

I'm so glad you've discovered the joys of babywearing! I had a feeling you would like that kind of wrap, and I'm so glad you have one. I think I wore my similar wrap all day, every day for the first two months - whether my daughter was in it or not. It was just easier to keep it tied on! Your daughter is adorable, and she has such a beautiful name. Blessings, Anna!

Bethany Hudson said...

Baby wearing is a life saver! I don't think I could have accomplished anything without my sling and wrap with my Sophia--and imagine what it would be like with two under two, which I'll be expecting soon! Baby wearing is amazing!

* Just a small English correction (because I thought you might like to know): You talk about getting the laundry "hanged." Technically, things are hung, and only people are hanged (for execution). Sorry to be the grammar police; I don't mean to be picky, just really thought you'd like to know, since you do translations. Though, I am impressed daily by the excellent way you express yourself in English! Better than most Americans!!

~Bethany

Marianne said...

I have this wrap too! I love it. I put my son in it until he was about 6 months old. It was great to have my hands free (I worked from home) and also make my son feel safe and secure.

doctorandprincess said...

I have a Moby Wrap too! I love it! I also have a Maya Wrap. And some other pouch type one for quick trips. Different jobs/errands call for different baby-wearing. The Moby Wrap I definitely use for longer trips like walks, grocery shopping, a day outing, etc. The Maya Wrap and the other one I use for runs into the post office, library to return books, etc.

You're so cute not wanting to leave her alone. :-)

rosemary said...

i am sitting here wearing my grandson. wonderful for both of us.

Gombojav Tribe said...

Love it!

I started "baby wearing" with our third child. The babies practically live in the sling the first three to four months. Makes all our lives easier and the baby is so happy.

His Wife and Their Mommy said...

yes a baby wrap was the most awesome thing I ever had..babies love to be worn.

Coffee Catholic said...

I have the exact same sling! But I can't use it because my pelvis is still totally wrecked. Even still, the few times I've used it while sitting down Elspeth has been thrilled!

Serenity Now said...

So glad to hear you are using one - I used mine CONSTANTLY, until Adam got too big and too heavy for it. He always calmed down immediately in there, and I was hands free to do so many things. It's great especially for going places or doing housework. I wonder how women get by without these things, honestly!

About: said...

I too love the Moby when they're teeny tiny! When they get to be a little more stable with their head, I like to switch over to a Babyhawk Mai Tai carrier. Have you heard of those? They're a bit pricey if you buy them ready-made, but maybe you could sew one up if you found fabric heavy enough for the straps. We barely have any baby supplies - we found we just don't need the crib, the stroller, the walkers, the swings, the toys - but I LOVE the Babyhawk (and the Toddlerhawk for older kiddos). We use it every day and it's still going strong after two babies. It is hardly any worse for the wear, perhaps a little faded is all. It has definitely been a worthwhile purchase!

I don't know if you could find any used in Israel, but perhaps there are some floating around. :) Of course you could always buy one new, but I know you prefer to not buy spendy new things for your household, preferring to find used or making your own! I totally agree with you! :)

Anonymous said...

Don't your backs hurt if you carry the baby too long? Mine were born larger than the norm and I just found they were too heavy to 'wear' after a few weeks. I could handle it for an hour or so, but no more. I also found it a very bulky way of going about my business...but it's interesting that so many of you love the baby slings.
Tammy

Tereza said...

I use a ring sling and it's fun when they are so little like that!! So cuddly and soft and precious!! Enjoy her!

PandaBean said...

Congratulations on your gorgeous bundle of joy! I'm so glad things went so well for you. I've been off the blog-o-sphere for so long and I've missed so much. :( I'm so glad to hear that you are all doing so well. God has truly blessed you.

God Bless!
PandaBean

Anonymous said...

Babies do love to be close, & that wrap looks like a good idea. Much better than the Snuggli I had, which was difficult to get my baby in & out of. I should experimented with something like a wrap or sling. Good luck using your borrowed one with Shira. :o)

thinking of you,
Brenda

Anonymous said...

I loved wearing my baby too. And I've seen something called a baby cocoon recently that I think I'll make if we're blessed with another one - sort of a warm knitted bag to put the wee one in, a swaddling that doesn't come undone if your little one is a wiggler, which mine was.
Congratulations on the new arrival!
Gracie

C. said...

We love our carriers! I use mostly ring slings but I also have some wraps and an onbuhimo. We wear our kiddos alot!

Amber said...

I love wearing my son as well. I have a wrap that a made. Its just 6 yards of a ribbed knit. That makes 2 of them. Cutting them in 1/2 length wise, make 2 22inch (ish) wraps. I love mine as used it a lot. Babies really like being worn, it comforting, like being in the womb.

I am glad that all is going well!

Amber

Kristin-Homemaker@Heart said...

I love the idea of baby wraps. I had no clue about them when my daughter was a baby. I will definatly have a wrap with the next one!

Kari said...

Aren't the little wee ones so snuggly? I actually made a wrap in anticipation of my son's birth, but haven't been able to use it much because he spits up constantly (and in great volumes)! I found it was way too much work to get him in and out constantly, and to try and keep us both dry!! :)

Kyle, Amanda, and Tobias said...

Baby wraps are great for hanging laundry, though my son quickly grew to love being set on his blanket on the grass beneath the clothes, it was like a natural mobile for Tobias and he'd giggle the whole time. I have to say, I haven't used it since then because he'd doze off and on while in it, not a very restful sleep and frustrating when it was supposed to be his awake-time :-) But for those first couple months when you need to do the occasional chore, it is nice. I agree that for simple outings, strollers are rather cumbersome. The wraps also fold nicely into a bag so I used mine while traveling at the airport with Tobias when he was 4 weeks old.

I didn't get the chance to comment on your other post, but I think your daughter's name is absolutely lovely, well-chosen. Congratulations!

Mrs. Anna T said...

Tammy,

The way it's tied at the back provides support for the back and shoulders. But of course it might be less comfortable once she's heavier.

CappuccinoLife said...

You are such a great mom. :)

I love my baby wrap. Made mine out of an old knit sheet and it was so comfortable. Got lost in our last move though. Gonna have to make another one of these days

Jenny Izirba said...

Having a baby wrap, and later on a ring sling, saved my life and sanity as a mom of three kids. Somedays I feel like my poor baby would never be carried if it weren't for the sling! It makes life with three preschoolers much easier! I found that the baby wrap did cause a lot more back and shoulder strain than the ring sling. This surprised me as the ring sling is asymmetrical - I am a person who suffers from severe shoulder pain if I so much as carry a purse or bag over one shoulder for too long. That the sling did not bother my shoulder at all was a very pleasant discovery.

Blessings to you, your husband, and your dear baby girl. Enjoy these early days, they pass much too quickly.

Jenny

Alycia said...

In answer to the question about discomfort with heavier babies, I think that if the weight is evenly distributed over both shoulders, it's comfortable for most people even with heavier babies or children. I have a sling-type carrier that is not comfortable for long-term use or long walks (I use it for fussy babies who are old enough to sit on my hip when I'm cooking dinner), but the kind of carrier Anna is using is quite comfortable. I used a similar carrier for my son until he was over a year old, and I walk all over the place now with my seven month old daughter in it. Unless something changes drastically with my body, I do not plan to use a stroller with a child younger than a year or so. Strollers are really such a pain, and I like having my little ones close.

Neuropoet said...

I don't know what I would have done without babywearing when my boys were little - it made a drastic difference in the peace of our household! :)

~Jenny

God's Dancing Child said...

Anna, there are no-sew wraps that you can make as well.
http://wearyourbaby.com/documents/MakeAWrap.pdf
Belated congratulations! Praying for you and yours. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Anna,
Since my children have grown (my youngest is 12, the oldest soon to be 18), I have noticed all sorts of new 'wraps' on the market. I held my babies all the time, kept them wrapped like a burrito, and by 5 months they were all on my back in a baby backpack. I wouldn't have been able to get anything done if it weren't for the ability to have 2 hands free whilst I went about my duties. They loved seeing everything and would play with my hair:) I never felt comfortable with the front facing baby carriers, but the models seem to have been improved since my kids were that young. Babies are a joy, and it is so fun finding your way with your first....I remember those days well.
Ruthie

Angel said...

I loved wearing my daughter and she loved being snuggled up with Mommy. She was born 10 weeks early and the cocooning effect was wonderful, for both of us.
My son, on the other hand, didn't like it at all by the time he was a couple of months old. I don't know why, really, except that he was a very wiggly little guy. And he is now a very busy eleven year old :)
What a beautiful name you have chosen for your darling.

angela said...

Hey Anna,

My little one is 7mos and I wore him for the first 5 mos. He had reflux and he was fussy so much of the time, but when I put him in the sling he would go straight to sleep. It gave me time to get things done. Plus it was a life saver for when I went to the grocery store. A lot of the "oldies" would say you have to put that baby down you're gonna spoil him, but he turns 7mos in 3 days and he started crawling today and loves to be on the floor playing. They are little for such a short time enjoy every minute of it. It is such a wonderful gift to be able to stay home with your children and see and experience everything... He is my 3rd and the first one I used a sling with. I wish I would have known how awesome they are all along. I will use them from now one.