A little ode to babywearing – one of the few parenting tips I offer to any new/expectant parents I meet.
Not that I know all the answers, but because the stretchy sling I bought before Orla was born was possibly the best parenting decision I have made.
The other mamas I know using slings & wraps all say the same thing, too: this is a life hack – a parenting hack – that makes those early months so much lovelier & easier. I feel passionate and a little bit irate that it isn’t more commonly shared; if midwives helped us tie our fresh little newborn’s in, every mama could leave hospital confident & safe, with two hands available for eating toast and using the loo!
An automatic ‘snooze switch’ for your newborn that allows you to cuddle *and* drink tea simultaneously? Hello miracle invention.
So even though she’s walking now, and fiercely independent, I often still tie her in & wear her close. When she’s tired, when she just wants to snuggle (‘Ahhh, Mammy!‘ means she wants me to pick her up for a cuddle.) She’s not nearly so heavy to wear as she is to carry.
The cobbled streets & steep hills of our new home would stay unexplored without our woven sling and a ton of youtube-knowledge; even Paris without a pushchair was a breeze.
My instafriend Ali is launching her own range of beautiful modern wraps, & we spent an afternoon up on the moors shooting these pictures. Read her story over at Ali Dover and be sure follow her over on her instagram.
I’d love to hear some other mama’s experiences of babywearing – what worked, or didn’t work for you?