Baby wraps have been used by moms through centuries. The tradition of wrapping a baby and using it as a sling has been done by mothers because of the convenience of carrying the baby. Moms can easily move about and do many tasks with the use of a baby wrap.
Using a baby wrap is more fashionably called baby wearing and has become an essential tool for most busy moms and dads, especially when bringing other children and pets.
The wrap can even be used by grandparents and babysitters. The ability to multi-task is essential for parents. Some use plastic baby carriers and removable car seats but these are heavy and inconvenient to use.
The baby wrap is still the most preferred way of carrying a baby because having the baby tucked close to the parents’ chest frees up both hands while making sure that the baby is secure. A mom can discreetly breastfeed with a baby wrap without suffocating. The wrap can also be used as a changing mat.
Aside from the convenience of traveling with the baby, babywearing can bring both the mom and her baby closer.
The baby can easily be calmed by resting his or her head against the mother’s chest and brings a relaxing effect to a sleepy infant. Babies that are carried with a sling are happier as attested by moms throughout history.
For toddlers weighing 30 to 35 pounds, a wrap is still useful. It enables him or her to be occupied with providing the baby with enough viewing space.
Moms and dads can even use it when taking trips with a toddler in a zoo or a museum. Parents can conveniently walk and maneuver through narrow shopping aisles.
If parents need to go out for exercise and do brisk walking, the sling can be handy. Having a workout with a baby is possible and is done easier with a free hand to have a drink of water at a midpoint. The extra weight from carrying the baby makes the workout routine challenging and helps shed more calories.
Most of all, baby wearing ensures a tighter bond between parent and child. The wrap makes the parent-baby relationship more intimate and babies feel more secure. Babies see more of the world even when inside a wrap and parents need not worry about getting a babysitter at last minute.
Tying a baby wrap is easy and hassle free. Follow these steps for a secure and snugly done wrap.
- Hold the middle part of the sling. Place it on your tummy and wrap both ends around your waist towards your back. You should be able to form a belt.
- Place the right side of the wrap and bring on your left shoulder. Do the same with the left end. Securely pull the ends so that the wrap will form an “x” on your back.
- Take the baby and bring her over your shoulder. Lower her so she snuggly rests on the belt on your tummy. Make sure that her legs are flexed and her head rests on your chest. The loose ends of the fabric should secure her back. Your baby’s legs should be flexed and snug.
- Hold both ends of the wrap. Tie the ends into a knot and repeat for a secure lock.
- The baby’s breathing should not be blocked. Especially for newborns, their neck and head should be supported well and their cheek should rest on your chest. They should not be resting on their chins.
- Placing the baby higher and closer to your face is best. The baby’s face should be visible.
- For cold weather, try double wrapping the sling. The sling is best wrapped in a single layer in the summer.
With a toddler and taking care of grown children, taking time off can be a challenge. Parents can still do leisurely trips, like hiking on the weekend and have fun with other children as well as having toddlers in a sling.
The baby sling will not only make life easier. The sling will help both parent and baby make their relationship stronger and have better lives.