The Unexpected Reasons I Love Babywearing

The Unexpected Reasons I Love Babywearing

If you wear your baby, you know how amazing it is to have your hands free to accomplish many noble household tasks: laundry, dishes, playing with your older children, mopping the floor … You may also know that babywearing has benefits for your baby: Dr. Sears says that “sling babies” (his term, not mine) learn more, are smarter and cry less. (Source.)

While being able to do chores and having a child of above-average intelligence are appealing results of my babywearing, let’s not pretend they’re the actual motivation.

Here are the unexpected reasons that I love babywearing:

1- So I can talk to myself and not seem crazy.

Huggaloops at 20 lbs

Nothing screams “nut job” more than a lady covered in cat hair talking to herself at the grocery store. But if I’m wearing my daughter, I suddenly become an attentive mother interacting with her child. I talk to Little Miss about the price of milk, sing the parts of the PokéRap that I know by heart (Electrode, Diglett, Nidoran, Manky!) to her and repeat “baking soda, baking soda, baking soda” in my attempts to not forget an item on my grocery list.

2- So I can play video games.

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I don’t play a lot of video games, but once I get started, I really don’t want to stop. There’s nothing worse than having all your progress lost in Mario World because your baby turned off the console. This is the true meaning of #BabywearingfortheWin.

3- So I don’t have to share my ice cream.

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Zelda, our foster cat, put me to shame the other night. Little Miss dropped a juicy chunk of steak, and what did Mama Cat do? She brought it over to her kittens so they could enjoy it. If that were me with a chocolate bar, you’d have found me hiding in the pantry and coughing to cover up the sound of the wrapper. Little Miss is just now starting to notice when I am eating something that she isn’t, so now I just make sure she’s in a back carry when I need to indulge.

4- So I can binge-watch true-crime documentaries.

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(Let’s pretend this clean floor and crumb-free sofa is my actual living room.)

Baby won’t sleep but the next episode of The Jinx is calling? Up she goes! Thankfully too young to care about the subject matter, she’s just happy to be close to me while I watch TV, rocking side to side and hoping she’ll fall asleep. Lately she’s been on my back during Luke Cage!

5- So I can go thrifting.

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My love of a good deal is genetic. I am the kind of person who will immediately tell you how much my outfit from Value Village cost if you so much as blink at it. I. Love. To. Thrift. There’s something about walking into the store and not knowing what I might find that just makes me giddy. I like to take my time. I like to go rack by rack, hanger by hanger. I need both of my hands. Buckle up, baby girl, we’re going bargain hunting!

6- So I can use the bathroom.

hygiene

This is a pretty utilitarian use for babywearing compared to the previous five motivations, but oral hygiene and evacuating my bladder and bowels are rarely done alone. Since scooping up toilet water to quench her thirst or pulling out the entire roll of toilet paper are Little Miss’s favourite bathroom activities when Mommy’s otherwise occupied, containing her to my chest or my back is the only logical solution.

 

So, what are the unexpected reasons YOU love babywearing?





12 responses to “The Unexpected Reasons I Love Babywearing”

  1. Anne

    Mine is a kind of funny reason, but having a large family means the baby gets passed around a lot. Babywearing ensures that I still get plenty of snuggle time! LOL

  2. Marie Cole

    I agree with and relate to everyone of these!

  3. Love these! I like being kept warm on our walks 🙂

  4. Hahaha, the video game one is hilarious 😉 And I’m glad I’m not the only one in the grocery store singing or chatting away to my baby! (It’s most hilarious in waiting rooms, where everyone else is dead silent and listening to me prattle on about anything and everything!) 😉

  5. Kelli O’Reilly

    Yes to talking to yourself and not seeming crazy! I also love that with her so close to me, we can have (one-sided, for now) conversations. Whenever I use the stroller, I end up bending down the whole time to chat with her.

  6. Lynne

    The one about being able to use the bathroom is hysterical, and also so true. Great photo to go along with that one too!

  7. Sero

    I am not able to breastfeed at the moment, so babywearing gives me extra time with my daughter – she also passes out as soon as she’s in the carrier (regardless of the type). I also like that it keeps people from touching her face or hands (she’s 5 wks old and it is flu season!) when we are out and about. And I can go to the bathroom 🙂

  8. leanne

    when wearing in the front it hides the pp squishy tummy, the breastmilk stained shirt and the exposed nip from breastfeeding.

  9. Sandra Caballero

    Oh my yes! To every number you listed on this blog post! Perfect way to say about baby wearing. I love it and agree ? that babywearing helps moms get the stuff done. The best to nurse a baby on the go!

  10. Lacy

    Yes to all of these! I baby wear simply to get things done. Even tonight I put my 18 month in a back carry so I could make dinner without him getting into everything.

  11. I agree to all of the above!!! Babywearing is a must have indeed!

  12. I love to wear her when I’m baking, so she can face out and watch what I’m doing. I usually give an audio commentary along the way so she gets the real step by step of what I’m doing now, and since I’m not using the stove top I don’t have to worry about grease or anything splattering out. We like to make cookies cakes pies and tortillas 🙂 I think your blog is an incredible read I’ve only gone through a couple different posts so far but it’s epic none the less. When you find the time between baby earring video games and bargain shopping, take a look at mine will you? I can use some pointers!!(I still have a ways to go, but it’s a start none the less! ❤️) have a wonderful day!!! Thanks care!

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