Why I love babywearing....

I wish I could post a pic, but I won't be able to get a good one myself and I don't want to wake the baby. But here I am, typing on the computer, while my little one is snuggled up against my chest sound asleep, looking like an angel. I have him in a homemade wrap right now which I made super-cheap with some clearance fabric at WalMart.
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I loved babywearing DS. Instead of always lugging the stroller down the apartment stairs - I had just pop him in the sling and go for a walk around the neighbourhood. It worked really well taking the bus to swimming lessons and back. Until I got a vehicle this past October - I used it to wear him on the bus to daycare in the mornings.

When DS was little, he would ALWAYS fall asleep in the sling - even when he was 8 months old and going to and from swimming lessons.

I still haven't tried it now that he's a bit older.
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Dylan has been really fussy lately (he's on medication), and he's fast asleep in our babyhawk right now. And I just love going on walks with him snuggled up so close against my chest!
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That's sweet Pixie I still carry Paloma(almost 6) and Ethan(4) sometimes, though not in slings. I'll be sad when they are too heavy. Paloma is only 32 lbs, so I think I can still hold her for quite some time.
That sounds so sweet!

And can I ask how you made the wrap? I'd love to try something inexpensive first before buying a wrap.
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Wearing Sophia is the only way I can shop with both kids. I put Lucy in the cart and Sophia in the sling and we're good to go.
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I finally nursed while baby was in a pouch yesterday!! Woohoo!! I can't believe how discrete it all was (I was at the park). I would have spared a lot of poor onlookers a peepshow if I had learned how to do this with my last baby.


Question for the babywearers: when you are out and baby is being worn, do you also carry a diaper bag? What do you do with your shopping bags if you are shopping? This is something I never figured out with DS. I would often take the stroller more so that I would have somewhere to put our stuff more so than to put him.


I finally nursed while baby was in a pouch yesterday!! Woohoo!! I can't believe how discrete it all was (I was at the park). I would have spared a lot of poor onlookers a peepshow if I had learned how to do this with my last baby.


Question for the babywearers: when you are out and baby is being worn, do you also carry a diaper bag? What do you do with your shopping bags if you are shopping? This is something I never figured out with DS. I would often take the stroller more so that I would have somewhere to put our stuff more so than to put him.
Originally Posted by mad scientist
It depended what I was doing - with taking DS to swimming lessons, we obviously had a bag with our swimming gear, swim diapers, etc etc. It really wasn't very inconvenient.

If I took him for a quick trip to Planet Organic or to the local shops, I would just put a diaper and a travel pack of wipes in my purse...just in case!
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Isn't it awesome? I remember wearing Ian around age 2 on my back in a mei tai with my huge pregnant belly out front. With Ryan as a baby (who now prefers to walk but will still ride in the sling sometimes) it was so easy to have him in the sling, diaper bag on one shoulder and the older toddler holding my hand. We even did a mom & toddler soccer class where Ryan was in the sling the whole time at each class while I ran and kicked balls with Ian.

Our stroller's still gathering dust in the garage as it barely saw any use with Ian and even less with Ryan. Now I think I'll use it even less if not at all. It's just easier to chase after the older ones without having to keep track of a stroller. Plus, like you've seen Pixie that the sling is a wonderful thing to use at home too. Lots of touch with mama while baby nurses or sleeps.
Pixie, how did you make the wrap? Did you use a pattern? I would like to try making a few wraps.

I've got Lucas snuggled up in a hotsling - I'm so happy that I'm able to do the front carry with him right now. He HATED the cradle carry, but he loves being held this way. I love that I can look down and kiss his little head too.
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Pixie, how did you make the wrap? Did you use a pattern? I would like to try making a few wraps.
Originally Posted by iris427
I am not Pixie, but I did make adjustable wraps and tube slings. For the adjustable wrap I used the pattern from the Maya Wrap website to make a sling.
I loved mine. The first one I had with DS#2 was tough to get in and out of alone, so I hardly used it. When DD#1 came along, I had picked one up somewhere, but felt the fabric wasn't feminine enough so I made one and triple sewed every seam...there is no way that it was going to give way. I seem to recall that it was a black background with floral...and since her name is Victoria..it was perfect.

Used one with #2DD alos and again, loved it.
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Pixie, how did you make the wrap? Did you use a pattern? I would like to try making a few wraps.
Originally Posted by iris427
I am not Pixie, but I did make adjustable wraps and tube slings. For the adjustable wrap I used the pattern from the Maya Wrap website to make a sling.
Originally Posted by internetchick
Wait, by adjustable wrap you mean a ring sling, right?

Iris - To make a wrap, all you need is a long piece of fabric and hem the ends. You can taper the ends to make them easier to tie. To be able to do a wrap cross carry, you probably need it to be at least 4.5 meters (although you may need less since you are petite). A shorter wrap is easier to manage, but the length gives you more tying options.
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For those who asked how I made my wrap... I just went to WalMart and bought some stretchy cotton fabric that was on sale for $1/yd. I was going to buy 4-5 yards (as recommended to me on thebabywearer.com) but they only had 3.5 yards left of the fabric. 3.5 yards is enough for me to do a short front cross carry but not enough for a regular front cross carry. It's also long enough for kangaroo (which I don't love) and rucksack (which I'm too scared to try). I didn't sew or hem or serge anything, just cut the fabric in half lengthwise (it was too wide at first) so now I have two wraps.

Stretchy fabric is good for beginners and appropriate for smaller babies (<20 lb).
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Mama to two wild superheroes and a curly-headed baby boy
I've got Lucas snuggled up in a hotsling - I'm so happy that I'm able to do the front carry with him right now. He HATED the cradle carry, but he loves being held this way. I love that I can look down and kiss his little head too.
Originally Posted by velvet paws
Solomon was the same way! He still loves the front carry but is getting a little big.

mad scientist - I always just keep my diaper bag on my shoulder like a purse. Or if I'm somewhere with a cart, I put it in the cart.
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Mama to two wild superheroes and a curly-headed baby boy
I love it too. It is the only way I can chase my older 2 year old around the house. L0L

Those of you with older kids, I found a child sized hotsling for Kennedy. She wears it with her doll around the house.http://store.attachedtobaby.com/prod...ch-Prints.aspx

It is the cutest thing. I will post a picture soon.
My little one is too big for that now... Usually, I can't get her to sit still for me anymore, but she just now dozed off in my arms. That hardly ever happens! I just put her in her crib and she was talking and laughing in her sleep about her doll, Princess Seasalt (yep, she came up with that name on her own...she can't say somersault!).
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