Wear Your Baby

If you would like a way to take your baby with you and not need to take along a stroller or carriage, then you might want to wear your baby.  There are soft baby carriers, wraps and slings  which allow you to carry your baby and still leave your hands and arms free.

Wearing your baby has been done in many other countries and by the Native Americans for many years.  The Native American babies were carried on papoose boards on their parent’s back.  At other times the baby was tucked into a sling carrier made of deerskin.  In some countries, babies were and still are tucked into sling carriers which are pleated lengths of cloth that tie over one shoulder and support the baby against the opposite hip.

There is now a full range of soft and framed carriers for babies available in a variety of colors and patterns, in winter weight and summer weight, and with varying degrees of padding. There are carriers designed to fit infants and carriers for older babies too.  You can find baby carriers at many stores such as Sears, Toys R Us, Amazon, Babies Are Us, Walmart, and dozens more stores.

There are advantages to wearing your baby.  When you are wearing your baby it helps the two of you to learn to communicate better.  When you are holding the baby close you will learn to more easily read the signals your baby is sending.

Your baby will be happier when worn. The more babies are held the happier they are and the less apt they are to cry very much.

Wearing your baby is convenient and leaves you freer to do things.  You can get exercise by going for a long walk or hike while wearing your baby.  If the weather is cold you can simply button your coat over the baby too.  You can vacuum the floor or do the dishes or the laundry or the grocery shopping while you are keeping your baby close and safe.  Wearing your baby is a real advantage if you are going through an airport and are trying to manage both your luggage and your baby..

If you have a baby who is fussing or a baby who will not go to sleep, carrying the baby in the carrier or sling will make the baby feel safe and secure and will soothe the fussing and help the baby fall off to sleep.

Very young babies are carried against the chest.  When the child gets older and can sit by himself the carrier is often moved to the back and the child is carried piggyback style. In some cases, when the family has both a newborn and a toddler, the newborn is worn on the chest and the older child is carried on the back.

When you are wearing your baby the closer the baby is to you, the easier it will be on your body.  Keeping a weight close to you makes it lighter.  Young babies cannot support their own head, so you need to be sure the baby’s head is supported. The baby needs to have his back supported also.  You don’t want him to slump forward. You want to be sure you can always see your baby.  Don’t have his head covered so you must brush aside some fabric to see him.

Whether you decide to use a sling, a wrap or a carrier for your baby be sure you know how to use it properly.  You want to keep both you and your baby safe and comfortable.