KatieKatie Katie Parsons is the creator of Mumbling Mommy and is a freelance writer, editor and communications specialist. She works from her home office on the east coast of Florida. Most often she writes about life in a combined family of five children and what it's like being a work-from- home parent. You can contact her by emailing katie@mumblingmommy.com.

By Lori

While expecting my first child Max, I created my long list of
baby must-haves.  John and I shopped,
gifts poured in from our generous friends and family and we welcomed
hand-me-downs.  My sister gave us several
big-ticket items and actually passed me two of her baby carriers, the Bjorn and
the Ergo (lucky us!). 

 

The carriers have
definitely been put to good use.  I had
not put much thought into the types of carriers that were available prior to
her passing them my way.  But after receiving
the carriers from her and watching the accompanying DVD of directions, I decided I
was interested in attachment parenting.

I read up on the philosophy.  Hands down, I realized that baby carriers — the
Bjorn, the Ergo, the Moby, whichever you prefer — are amazing in more ways than
one. Blogger Rachael included a baby carrier or sling in her list of her top five baby gear picks, and I definitely agree.

Here are some other reasons, besides simply convenience, to
let your little one ride in a carrier:

 

·        
Promotes physical development: When a baby rides
in a sling, he or she is in tune with the rhythm of mom’s breathing, heartbeat
and the movements she makes.  The sling
is comparable to a ‘womb’ for the new baby who still is unable to control his
or her body.


 

·        
Happier babies: Babies fuss and cry less when
they are being held.  Indigenous cultures
always wear their babies, and almost never cry. 
Excessive crying is exhausting for babies and parents alike. When babies
spend less energy crying, they have the ability to observe and learn about their
environment. Slings provide the security of being held close.

 
·        
Slings are a bonding tool for more than just moms:
Baby wearing is not just for mommies. 
Every adult in baby’s life can benefit from the useful tool.  Babies learn to get used to their father or
grandparents breathing and heartbeat forging a strong attachment and giving
time to cuddle.

 

I am glad my second born Halle now enjoys riding in the carrier so much, and it
makes me happy knowing the sense of security it provides her.  Her days of loving it are numbered, as I
anticipate the days of a busy crawling girl are on the horizon.  While I realize she won’t stop riding in it
the second she can crawl or walk, I do know that she will likely want to be
down with her big brother exploring.  And
honestly, she’s so heavy I am not sure how much longer I will be able to
comfortably carry her for an extended period of time. 
 
For now, though, no matter how sore my
shoulders are from her 18-pound body, I plan to continue carrying her (now that
she faces outwards) so she can see the world around her.

The Bjorn has truly been my lifesaver.  I have carried her while shopping for
groceries, strolling through the mall, vacuuming, on a walk while pulling Max
in a wagon, at Gymboree classes…you name it, I have done it.  Of the overwhelming number of baby
‘necessities’, I think the carrier is the biggest Godsend. 

What has been your biggest baby necessity?

You can contact Lori by emailing her at mumblingmommy@mumblingmommy.com.

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