OK, I’ll admit I’m an addict. When I was pregnant with my second child, I looked forward to two things: the end of morning sickness and newborn babywearing. I hadn’t worn my eldest child as a neonate- we got our first sling when he was about 4 weeks old, so I was looking forward to the experience.
Our daughter was delivered on Sunday night. By Monday morning I was hungry and it was the first time in about 30 weeks that I didn’t feel like I was going to see breakfast twice. I was thankful to be doing this the second time around. No need to leave my baby in an unfamiliar tupperware container while I went to find food! No need to drag the cart that carries the tupperware container all over the postnatal ward! Just pop the baby in the sling and continue as normal.
And then I dropped cereal on her head.
But it was nice to have a cuddle and even to breastfeed her and be able to tend to my own needs at the same time.
Our baby had a nasty case of reflux. She spent her first six months utterly miserable unless she was carried. Some of our best tips and tricks on that can be found here. She had an intense need to be upright all the time and we found a tummy to tummy position in a ringsling great for those first two weeks.
After that, she got bigger and still wanted to be upright. A short wrap was our next most-used item in the stash. I found the hip cross carry, tied with the cross in front and the newborn tucked into the folds of the cross, froggied, to be a great, poppable carry. It’s just as quick to tie as a ring sling and was more supportive since some of the weight is distributed to the waist.
Once she was two weeks old, my partner was back to work. It was time for the back carry! More on that in another post…
Have you worn a newborn? What worked for you? What concerns did you have? Leave a comment and let us know. If you are wearing a newborn or intending to, don’t forget babywearing safety!