Rebecca has been carried in some type of carrier since birth. My first carrier was the Moby Wrap. It was super comfortable but was very hot. It didn't help that Rebecca was born in the summer. I got hot very quickly. Rebecca had some head control around 2 months, normally it is around 3 months that babies develop this. I believe all the carrying helped to strengthen her neck muscles. At 2 1/2 months I was able to put her on my back with the Ergo Carrier. I loved putting her on my back because doing things became so much easier. I could bend over to pick things up instead of having to do squats. However, the Ergo didn't fit my body very well. I continued to have lots of back pain. I did visit my chiropractor every couple of weeks to keep feeling my best. It is definitley hard work carrying a growing baby.
I was introduced to the Kitsap Babywearing International Group by a friend from church. Once I went there I learned so much. I got introduced to slings, Mei Tais and woven wraps. There is such a large selections of carriers to choose from. I was able to borrow different ones for a month to see how I liked it so I could confidently buy the ones I loved. I ended up buying a Mei Tai, a sling, and 2 woven wraps- a shorter one and a longer one. I love all the carriers that I have because they are really useful for different times and occasions.
I love my sling for road trips where I will be getting in and out of the car a lot. It is also nice for hip carries when Rebecca wants to be held for a short time or when I'm preparing supper.
The Mei Tai is really wonderful for when I will be wearing her for a long time. It is great for going on walks and is pretty simple to get her in and out of while I took her to the potty. (EC) It is also really nice as a back carrier as well. It is nice to be able to put her on my back after she's done nursing while in a front carry.
The woven wraps are beautiful, fun, super comfortable and I can easily have them on for a long time. However, they are a bit challenging to get the hang of. It is just something that needs to be practiced a lot before it can be mastered. I love how the wraps take on a lot of the weight of the baby and distribute it on the body so well. I really recommend these wraps and encourge those interested in babywearing to save up for them because woven wraps are expensive, but are really worth it if you plan to babywear for long hours or long-term.
I really love how wearing Rebecca has brought us such a great bond. We are very in-tune with her and are able to figure out what she needs quickly.When she was tiny I would wear her 6-7 hours a day. As she got more mobile around 7 months, I wouldn't wear her as much because she wasn't as interested, but it was still around 3-4 hours per day. Each day was a new experience since we didn't have a set routine at that time. At 18 months she would bring the sling to me, her favorite, and I would wear her maybe 1-2 hours per day. We would go on long walks and she would sometimes sleep in the carrier. I have definitely gained a lot of muscles from all my laboring. Babywearing is just so much fun and has helped me to really appreciate the small bundle of joy so much more when she was so small.