Why Share the Love?

Why would other people want to wear your baby or toddler? It’s simple, really, because they love them too.

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Babywearing is a wonderful way for grandparents, godparents, aunts, uncles, devoted daycarers and friends to bond with your child. It helps the child understand that this person in their life is someone to be trusted and who can be relied upon. It gives the wearer a special time with child that they will treasure forever. Take photos!

For those who are caring for your child, it not only has all the benefits it does for parents, but it may help a baby transition into the caring environment more comfortably. A sure-fire hands-free nap solution for a stressed out babysitter is always a bonus!

Misgivings. You may have them, your baby’s loved one may have them. If you’re not comfortable with having someone else wear your child, that’s OK. It’s a big bond of trust and the intimacy of it may be beyond your comfort level. Likewise, your loved one may have their own misgivings, whether it’s concern over their physical ability to wear the child or a general antipathy towards slings and a belief in a strong set of arms. For example, although my mother in law enjoys wearing our children, my mother, who loves them just as much, would rather not. It’s important to respect the desires of the wearer as well.

However, if your views align and it’s something you’re comfortable with, it may be worthwhile sharing the babywearing love. Look out for further posts this month with personal stories, tips and photos.

Have you worn someone else’s child? Has someone else worn yours? What were the circumstances? How did it work? How did the wearer and wearees feel? Leave a comment and let us know!

About Steph

Steph is a Mum of three with a passion for babywearing and some excellent skills with knots.
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2 Responses to Why Share the Love?

  1. Steph says:

    As it turns out, a certain grandmother is wearing a certain baby right at this moment. Sharing the love certainly works in our family!

  2. Ruby says:

    I’ve not got family near, and most friends tend to ‘nurse’ a baby for a short while on their hip or lap, but I am really blessed by the owner of our local indoor playground. She’ll often wear one of my babes while I feed the other, and as she loves it so much, she ended up buying her own wild and funky sling. It’s so wonderful having people not currently parenting young ones of their own be enthusiastic about caring for mine this way. It has meant so much more to me now that I am juggling twins as well as the big ‘uns.

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