I recall a parenting DVD where a mom said, “I didn’t think I would use a sling, I’m not exactly the hippie type, but it keeps her calm and I have free hands!” Babywearing is not just a trend or a parenting style, it is practical. Baby stays happy and caregivers are able to do many things. Here are five everyday tasks made easier with babywearing:
1. Meal preparation. It seems babies are wired to need your undivided attention the moment you need to fix a meal. Babywearing allows you to keep baby calm while prepping and even cooking (if in a back carry).
2. Tending to siblings. Whether around the home or out and about, babywearing allows you to keep up with active older siblings. Be confident taking your busy toddler to the park knowing you can quickly and safely follow them if they wander. Make school or bus stop drop offs/pick ups easier, help them with homework while baby is content and enjoy lower stress outings.
3. Grocery shopping and organizing. If only groceries magically appeared in our cabinets! Unfortunately that is not the case so we must go to the store and come home to organize often with baby (and siblings) in tow. With babywearing there’s no more holding a wiggling, crying baby in one hand while pushing a weeks worth of groceries in another and no more chucking items in the fridge at random (only to lose them in the fridge’s black hole) because baby is fussing.
4. Eat with two hands! It is a little sad but once you become a parent eating with two hands can feel like a luxury. Babywearing allows you two free hands to enjoy your meal.
5. Almost everything. Babywearing can be freeing. From housework and errands to a Caribbean vacation (mesh water slings!), babywearing keeps baby content while you get things done. Many are able to feed baby in carriers and often baby will happily nap. In the words of Daniel Tiger, “When a baby makes things different find a way to make it fun.” Babywearing can help you follow that wise tiger’s advice!