Baby wearing has been around since women have been having babies. It is something of a skill that requires practice to perfect, but once perfected, it is a wonderful tool! Using just one strip of a breathable cotton knit cloth (jersey is my favorite) about 18" wide by 6 yards long, you can create a dozen different ways to carry your baby, toddler, or even preschooler. It holds them up against you, unlike carriers and backpacks, it distributes their weight based on what is most comfortable for you (shoulders, hips, both, chest, etc.), and the kids seem to be very comfy in it. In fact, little A will fall asleep in a hurry when I wear him.
A in the same front cross wrap, but positioned for an older baby.
A in a pareo-style wrap, using the same strip of cloth. This is another of my favorite wraps for toddlers and preschoolers, however, it is the one that I have perfected the least, so I rarely use it.
I found the wrap to be most useful when:
- trying to cook dinner or clean with a fussy toddler under-foot
- traveling in an airport where you need free hands and/or the ability to wear a backpack and don't want the hassle of a stroller
- taking multiple children out in public (wearing one makes this task easier)
- an unexpectedly long walk with young children (just carry one in your car or diaper bag so you have it for an unexpected situation)
- soothing a newborn
You can learn more on the wearyourbaby website. Have fun wearing your baby (or child)!