My Baby Wearing Journey||
As a new mom I didn’t really know much about the babywearing world. I just knew I wasn’t going to be able to lug around that massive car seat carrier because:
- It’s really bulky.
- I am only 4’10” and can barely clear the ground when I lift it up.
There are so many different types and brands of carriers and wraps. These are just the ones I have had the chance to test out.
My First Carriers
I received an Infantino Carrier as a shower gift and on our first outing with River to the pumpkin patch I decided to give it a try. I put him in and after some adjusting I was instantly hooked on carrying him! I love having him close and the bond it allows us to share. It’s also a life saver when baby is a having a bad day and you need to get things done. This Infantino is your standard ergonomic carrier that allows you to have the baby facing in or out. When River was between 8.5-12.5 lbs this carrier worked just fine for our needs. It’s nothing fancy and costs around $20. The heavier he got the more I noticed it really starting to hurt my back. Even though this carrier is recommended up to 25lbs, I feel that the design doesn’t give great support. After just a trip around the grocery store my back would be killing me. Also, the material is a little itchy and has a swishy polyester feel.
That’s when I started researching different types of carriers. I reached out to my friend Caroline for some advice. She offered me a Moby she didn’t really use. At first I was a little intimated by wrapping this massive piece of fabric but after watching some online videos and lot of practice I soon got the hang of it. The Moby Wrap Caroline loaned me is the Moby Wrap Classic. It’s a soft, stretchy cotton material and is great for wearing around the house or out for a walk. When River would have really bad days during his 4 month growth spurt I would wrap him up and all would be well. I can could even get that much needed “nap when the baby naps” while wearing this wrap. It’s so comfy and allows him to sleep on my chest without fear he will roll off. It also became handy because he’s a curious fellow who likes to face out and see what’s going on around him (oh and admire his reflection in the mirror :).
Caroline also shared the Lenny Lamb Facebook page with me to introduce me to another carrier brand she had heard good things about. I soon saw a beautiful print that I instantly fell in love with! Come to find out Caroline had bought the same one and when I saw hers I KNEW I had to have one as well! It was so beautiful that it quickly sold out the first round but soon came back as a pre-order. I waited about 1.5 months and it finally arrived! It was gorgeous and SO incredibly soft. But as quickly as I fell in love with it I became overwhelmed with all of the adjusting straps. I had no idea what I was doing wrong! As much as I loved it I didn’t think it was going to work for me. After watching a few video tutorials I had it about 90% right, just still not where it needed to be. I realized I was going to need some help or sell it.
When I went to visit my friend Brittany in Chapel Hill I actually took my Lenny Lamb with me to see if she could help me figure out the straps so I could use it to get home. With her help I was able to get it about 90% of the way but still something wasn’t connecting. She actually wound up offering me her Baby Bjorn Active carrier that she didn’t use anymore. (Have I mentioned I have the best Mom support group?!). She helped me figure out the straps (so easy, seriously what was I missing with this Lenny Lamb?). It was a lifesaver getting us back home. Much easier than finagling with the Moby *which I took with me too just in case. He loves to front carry in the Bjorn but this carrier also begins to cause my back to hurt after some time.
The Journey Continues
I had joined another Facebook group my mother-in-law, Mary had mentioned to me called Babywearing International. “Babywearing International of Atlanta is Atlanta’s resource for babywearing education.” I had been wanting to make it to a meeting and thought who better to help me figure out my Lenny Lamb then them?!
Babywearing International to the Rescue
I finally made it to a meeting last week and I am so glad I did! When I arrived at the meeting one of the educators was going over different types of wraps and carriers. The meeting was so informative and one of the educators immediately jumped at the chance to help me figure out how to adjust my Lenny Lamb carrier correctly. I wish I would have written down her name but I am hoping to see her again at another meeting to properly give her credit! I also am terrible and was so enthralled with learning about the different carriers and wraps that I forgot to take pictures! I will do better next time.
I can now say I LOVE my Lenny Lamb. River is right at the beginning of this 5th growth spurt and after a long crying spell and slight nap regression this past weekend I put him in the Lenny Lamb and he instantly relaxed and fell asleep. Lenny Lamb was a lifesaver and did not have me down in my back (geez I sound like an old woman) after wearing him! And this thing is seriously beautiful!
I can’t wait to join Babywearing International of Atlanta and start attending more meetings. They have chapters in different parts of the city to make it more convenient depending on where you live. If you are a member ($30 to join for the year I believe) there is a lending library you can check out different types a carriers and wraps. Great for the Mom wanting to try lots of different carriers that are on a budget!
Thank you again, Babywearing International!