Thursday, 11 July 2013

Baby wearing

When I first discovered I was pregnant, an old school friend that I was in touch with on Facebook, added me to a natural parenting group. Some of the information contained in the group was irrelevant to me but something that really jumped out at me was baby wearing. It appealed to me for several reasons - I knew that I wanted to keep my baby close to me, I wanted to be able to get up and get on with anything that needed doing and I also wanted to be able to keep E close to me whilst I was outside putting our animals away for the night.  

Babywearing is simply keeping the baby close by holding or carrying them in a baby sling.  I started to research into the benefits of babywearing and it quickly seemed like the obvious choice for me.


Everything I read told me that babies worn in slings are happier, cry less, they learn more as they are able to look at what is happening around them, they are more confident and feel secure being close to you and more importantly (for me!), its like having a permanent cuddle. 

If you want to find out more, here are some of the websites I looked at:-

Babywearing International

When I first mentioned babywearing to some of my family, I was met with a lot of scepticism and comments about the baby being too heavy and my back hurting and that I would 'make' the baby clingy. However, when they saw it in use they could understand why I was so keen on using it - it meant I could make myself a drink or lunch, sort out the washing and other dull household chores, I was able to carry her whilst out for a walk or in the garden. There were numerous occasions where she was grizzly and overtired, I would pop her in the sling and within a matter of minutes she would be fast asleep - and often stay that way for a good hour or more!

The sling I opted for was the Close Caboo. I had looked at several but found it difficult to find one that I liked and which was comfortable and, being plus sized, that actually fit me well. At the time of using it I was a 22 and there was plenty of room to move and I'm confident I could have used it if I had been a little larger.


It was a soft cotton fabric which was easily adjustable by pulling the fabric through rings to tighten. The straps were wide and the back is a cross design which helps with the weight distribution.



It took me a couple of attempts to get E in correctly but it was very easy to master and to take her in and out of it for changing etc. Whilst it can be used for breastfeeding, I didn't attempt this so I can't comment on how easy that would be. 

I've recommended this wrap to several people and will continue to do so. It comfortable, easy to wear and washes well. 



Whilst I purchased mine through a local shop, the Close Parent website can be found here.

I also own a Mothercare 2 Position Baby Carrier which was purchased following a poo related incident (apologies for lowering the tone) involving the Caboo, which I will write about in another post (the Mothercare carrier, obviously, not the poo incident!).


Just to be clear - this is not a sponsored post it is a review about a product that I loved and wanted to share with you. Close have kindly allowed me to use some product information and images to share with you. You can find out more about this product on their website.
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