Babywearing – Carry them Close

I absolutely love babywearing.  Being able to respond immediately to the baby, smell and feel their soft skin, feel their breath and enjoy the closeness.  I have carried both Violet and Ezra from the beginning, favouring wraps over the pushchair.  Both children were not keen on the pushchair until they were in a sitting position so wrapping them was my only solution for getting out and about without a drama.  I’ve also found with babywearing that I cart around a lot less stuff in my bag so I don’t feel like such a pack-horse!

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I started out carrying Violet in a stretchy Moby wrap.  The first time I took her out at 7 days old I felt like I was walking on stilts.  I was so proud of my daughter!  As we walked around town so many people smiled and stopped me to say how sweet my baby looked cuddled up close.  She slept the whole time, so peacefully.  Whereas my instant bonding with Ezra came from skin-to-skin at birth, I would say that my bonding with Violet came from carrying her in the sling.  Her arrival into the world wasn’t easy.  I felt so traumatised over it.  I was in so much discomfort and had flashbacks to her being yanked out of me.  I didn’t feel the instant love rush I had expected.  When I started to carry Violet the memories faded.  She was so happy to be close to me and the maternal feelings within me grew and grew.  Every time I wrapped her in the sling I felt at one with her.  Protective.  Powerful.

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As Violet grew I started to venture into the world of woven wraps.  It was a slippery slope but I got to try so many wonderful brands and blends.  Every wrap brought about a new experience for me; be it the look, the support, the love or the texture.  I traded wraps, always on the look out for the wrap which would do everything I wanted.

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My favourite brands have to be Oscha Slings and Artipoppe.  My bank balance only allows me to have 1 Artipoppe in my collection but I count myself very lucky that it’s there!

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So I have a lot to thank babywearing for.  For helping me achieve my close bond with my daughter, for giving me those moments with her where we would chatter and laugh about what was going on around us, for keeping my hands free when the baby just needs to be held, for giving my children much needed comfort and love from their mother, for building my strength and fitness post-partum and for bringing out the mama-bear within.

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n.b. always practice safe babywearing and follow the T.I.C.K.S guidelines.

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38 Comments

  1. November 9, 2015 / 12:38 am

    Your style is very unique in comparison to other
    people I have read stuff from. Thanks for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I
    will just bookmark this page.
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  2. November 9, 2015 / 8:58 am

    Gorgeous photos! I monkey just starting my baby wearing journey and am more of a buckles kind of mum, but I love my Connecta with a passion! Maybe I’ll be persuaded by wraps one day too?! I can by your post via #FartGlitter 🙂
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    • November 10, 2015 / 11:36 am

      I tried my friends Connecta and it was SO comfy!! Vix x

  3. November 9, 2015 / 10:11 am

    I was always a bit nervous of wraps even though I know they’re perfectly safe. I have very little patience and was terrified of breaking my tot. We love our ergo though. Some days wearing our tot is the only way we get anything done. Your wee lass looks so happy in her wraps.
    Thanks so much for linking up to #fartglitter x
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    • November 10, 2015 / 11:36 am

      But so lovely you have found a carrier that works. I have friends who rave about their Ergos!
      Vix x

  4. November 9, 2015 / 10:22 am

    I wore my 3rd tiddler constantly because it was so easy to navigate the playgrounds and the train. However i’m struggling a bit with my newest addition. We can’t seem to find a position with the wrap sling that we’re both happy with. I’m sure we’ll get there……………eventually! #fartglitter

    • November 10, 2015 / 11:35 am

      I’m sure you will get there. Do you have a sling library near you? The consultant could perhaps help with positioning or suggest a different carrier.
      I hope you find a way 🙂
      Vix x

  5. November 9, 2015 / 12:18 pm

    I love baby wearing and I’m a little upset that Sprog has stopped enjoying it so much and wants more independence (He is 27 months now though!) – Great pictures of you guys out and about #fartglitter
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    • November 10, 2015 / 11:34 am

      Aw but how lovely that you have got to 27 months of carrying!! I think any amount of carrying is wonderful x

    • November 10, 2015 / 11:33 am

      Ah yes I can imagine it would make it trickier to get a great fit. But that’s so lovely your husband was able to carry baby. x

  6. November 10, 2015 / 5:08 pm

    You look really comfortable and baby looks very safe and secure. I always felt like a giant turtle and couldn’t get used to having a new centre of gravity!
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    • November 10, 2015 / 9:19 pm

      Hehe, yes there is an adjustment you have to make. once I got used to having baby on my back it became second nature 🙂
      x

  7. November 11, 2015 / 12:03 am

    Your photos are just unbelievably gorgeous. I always find my baby is much more happy and settled when she is being carried, as was my first. It does make life easier and more pleasant. I love your wraps! It’s a special kind of skill to make baby wearing look stylish! #abitofeverything
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    • November 11, 2015 / 12:57 pm

      Ah thank you. I do love having beautiful slings!
      Thanks for stopping by x

  8. November 11, 2015 / 9:13 am

    I struggled to find a sling my daughter was comfortable with at first but once we did, and especially once she was big enough for a carrier, the difference was amazing. #bestandworst
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    • November 11, 2015 / 12:56 pm

      Ah that’s lovely you were able to find something which works for you both!
      Vix x

  9. November 11, 2015 / 5:26 pm

    This is brilliant as I want to do this with my second (if we have one). I think it will make life so much easier and I want to make the most of every second. First time around it is such a blur!! I love all your pics and I must come to you for brands if and when the time comes! Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst and see you soon x
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    • November 12, 2015 / 2:27 pm

      Oh yeh please do pop me a message if you are ever interested in learning more about babywearing. I’m a bit of a babywearing geek!
      I found the sling absolutely essential with Ezra. It meant he still got his comfort and contact when he needed it and I was able to sort Violet out or make our dinners etc. It was also totally fantastic when out as I could still play with Violet in the playground while he snoozed on me!
      Seriously – any help I can give would be my pleasure x

  10. November 12, 2015 / 11:08 am

    I love seeing tiny babies snuggled up with their mums (or dads) in wraps. They wernt really something you saw when my kids were babies so I missed out on using them myself.
    I do have some questions, how do you get them so snugly attatched to your back (im asking as someone who can barely get a backpack on properly) and is there a point where their weight causes you back pain?

    Thanks for linking up, Tracey xx #abitofeverything
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    • November 12, 2015 / 2:20 pm

      Back carries do take practice. Initially I spent a lot of time hovering over the sofa while tying her on. But gradually I got better at it and Violet learnt to stay still (or someone was there to distract her!)
      Ezra has also learnt to stay still when I am wrapping him.
      The key is to ALWAYS have 1 hand on their bum until you have secured the wrap!
      And weight-wise – no I don’t experience any back pain at all. Over the summer I carried Violet (3 years old!) on my back in central London. She didn’t feel any less comfortable than my 11 month old son. Just that her long legs did get in the way a little bit! The only place I really experience discomfort is on my shoulders. This can be rectified by re-wrapping to get a better wrap-job or using a sling with a different fibre-blend.
      I do love wrapping 🙂
      Vix x

  11. November 16, 2015 / 7:40 am

    What beautiful photos of you all and what super cute babies! I love baby wearing too – the list is endless why but mainly because it’s so lovely to hold them close and means I have free hands to get things done!! Mim x #fartglitter
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    • November 16, 2015 / 2:14 pm

      Ah thank you x
      The benefits are endless aren’t they. Carrying them close is so special.
      Vix x

  12. November 16, 2015 / 9:30 am

    I love babywearing! I was a bit nervous to do it at first, and SB wasn’t thrilled with the Babasling, but we ended up getting a Tula carrier which I am still so in love with! She wants to walk most of the time but when she gets tired the Tula is so much easier than a pushchair! Not kind on the bank balance, but worth it!! #fartglitter
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    • November 16, 2015 / 2:13 pm

      I’ve heard so many good things about Tulas! I’ve heard they are so supportive and comfortable. Very tempting….maybe when he’s a bit bigger I can check out the toddler size.
      Vix x

  13. November 16, 2015 / 12:08 pm

    One of my friends who has twins has a wrap addiction which is causing quite a bit of damage to her bank account. Those things are not cheap! Especially the pretty ones!
    Thanks for linking up to #fartglitter x
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    • November 16, 2015 / 2:10 pm

      Yup I also went through a bit of a frenzy of buying and trading!! All calmed down now – I’m very settled with my wraps!
      Thank you for hosting!
      Vix x

  14. November 16, 2015 / 1:29 pm

    My mummy loves baby wearing! She started off with a Moby and then a Pouchlings Mei Tai x totally agree 🙂 the benefits are astounding 🙂 #FartGlitter
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    • November 16, 2015 / 2:06 pm

      Ah yay. Lovely to hear that so many others have enjoyed babywearing!
      Vix x

  15. November 16, 2015 / 1:45 pm

    Ahh what lovely photos! I love babywearing too and can’r wait to wear my little boy when he arrives in February 🙂 #fartglitter

    • November 16, 2015 / 2:05 pm

      Carrying them when they are tiny is just so special. Wishing you a lovely 3rd trimester!
      Vix x

    • December 7, 2015 / 10:53 am

      I found Youtube really fantastic for tutorials!
      Vix x

  16. December 3, 2015 / 10:59 pm

    I love baby wearing and I love the look of beautiful wrap fabrics. I just couldn’t get my head around wrapping them… Instead I bough an organic cotton connecta baby carrier. I loved it. The patterns are great and it’s made in UK. It made getting on public transport in London so much easier. And of course it was wonderful to have Little F so close to me.
    The carrier will be invaluable when my second baby is born!
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    • December 7, 2015 / 10:51 am

      I have tried my friend’s Connecta and found it really comfy too. The patterns are fantastic.
      Wishing you lots of lovely babywearing days with your new baby!
      x

    • December 7, 2015 / 10:49 am

      Thankyou very much for hosting.
      We love babywearing here!
      Vix x

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