You Want Me to Wear What for 9 Months?

Before I became a mom, I frowned upon the women who walked around with their babies. They NEVER seemed to put their child down. There was no space. No life. The women who used those baby cloth harnesses, and I’m not referring to a Baby Bjorn, but a sling or a Cocoon Wrap, those women had no boundaries. They were different. Weird. Granola. I thought they probably disdained using deodorant, burned incense, and camped a lot.

Then I realized that they were moms.

Umm . . . I became one of those women.

I never ever expected that I would become a baby wearer.

But I did.

Motherhood began pretty normal for me. I delivered naturally at the hospital. I decided to give cloth diapering a whirl, only because it was different and cheaper. I decided to experience life as a cow (just kidding . . . kind of).

I liked this natural life. But I didn’t want it to go any farther into the rabbit hole. My firstborn was a very unhappy child and I became an unhappy mom. I was frustrated at not getting anything done and Mr. Smackdown was frustrated that I was clueless.

Every week I traipsed to a local breastfeeding support group. Issue after issue, the lactation consultants kept encouraging me to give my milking career just two more weeks. I gave it two weeks, for three months. Two bouts of thrush and four mastitis infections later, I finally found contentment, rest, and happiness.

I gave in to this sweet lady that came to our group every week selling baby slings. Something had to change. I had tried everything else unnatural. Slings looked like a natural solution. Both my baby and I had to become happy again. It was was still in absolute shock that I wasn’t overjoyed with my new bundle of joy. I had prayed for and waited to meet God’s creation, my son. Mr. Smackdown was a true miracle. I wasn’t supposed to have children. But I did, and I was a sad postpartum mom.

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Until I bought The Sling.

I became a baby wearer and there has been no turning back.

Why wear your baby?

  • A baby that is held a lot is happier and more secure.
  • Mom is happy because she can get things done and show love to her bambino.
  • A mom is better able to understand her baby’s body cues and cries because she is near her munchkin and can better decipher wants and desires.
  • The sling can be used to nurse discretely. If you are new to nursing, you are more likely to nurse in public, knowing that you are covered. Thus, a happy and well fed baby.
  • Slings can be used as a changing pad in the event of an emergency diaper change.
  • Use the tail of the sling as a tummy time blanket, or as a blanket for nap times.
  • Newborns fall asleep quicker in a sling. To them, it feels like they are back in Mommy’s womb.
  • Slings help babies relieve gas pressure.
  • Fussy infants calm down when they are close enough to mom to feel and hear her heartbeat and smell her aroma.

If you decide to become a sling mama–don’t worry, you can wear deodorant! Wearing your baby isn’t weird, it’s natural. If your child was in your belly 9 months, why not wear your baby on the outside at least 9 months? Hey, my almost 5 year old still goes for rides! In fact, my two older children now how nurturing and soothing the sling is to a baby. They will inform me, “Mr. Smiley is crying. You need your sling!”

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  • Sarah , July 15, 2009

    great post!!! I love my sling!!! They really are just about the greatest things!!!

  • Michelle , July 15, 2009

    Girl, I love my sling also. I still use it with my almost 19 month old. I will wear her in it till I simply cannot lift her anymore 🙂 It makes life so much easier- and for the record… I never thought I'd be a baby wearer either! LOL

  • Katie , July 15, 2009

    Way to go! I don't know what I would do without my Moby Wrap. It is so completely perfect for keeping up with day to day activities while keeping my 1 month old close. If only I would have had one for my colicy daughter!

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