As parents, it is so difficult to see our little ones sick. We try to ease the suffering as best we can, but sometimes it seems there isn’t much we can do.
Last week, my little Miss E., who is seven months old, was unwell. Nothing alarming, just a run-of-the-mill virus – high fevers, a bit of vomiting, loss of appetite and just general malaise. Being that she is my third child, I didn’t rush to the doctor right away (anyone seen that circulating email about birth order and how third children end up eating off the floor? It’s pretty much true in our house), but I did end up taking her eventually, when the fevers had been going on long enough to concern me a little. “Oh, goodness,” the doctor exclaimed when he looked at Miss E.’s throat, “that’s quite inflamed. She must have been suffering!”
“Suffering?” I thought. Well, not really, not that I noticed. We have been having lots of snuggles, but she hasn’t been too upset as long as she’s being carried.
And then I realised how much I love babywearing when my babies are sick. They need cuddles; I need to take care of my other children, do a smidgen of housework (I’m not Super Mum, but we do need clean underwear), and possibly even drink a cup of coffee.
When they are older, wearing them when they’re feeling poorly almost becomes a guilty pleasure. Guilty because of course I don’t want my children to be ill! But it is lovely to get those cuddles from a toddler who is usually tearing around at 100 miles an hour.
While in general I prefer two-shouldered carriers, I really find a hip carry is perfect for a sick baby or toddler wanting snuggles. Here is Miss E. in our pouch, suffering less than she may otherwise have:
Just one tip: put the silk carriers away until sick baby stops vomiting. I won’t tell you whether or not I learned this the hard way.
Do you wear your baby more than usual when he/she is sick? Share your favourite carries or tips.