When I had my son, I didn’t know anything about baby wearing. I received a carrier at my shower that was very popular at the time but, didn’t really work for me. I felt like I was too short for the carrier and that where my son sat in it wasn’t comfortable for either of us. It made me feel like I was pregnant all over again. I used the carrier twice and then it went into the pile of unused baby items.
Fast forward five years and I now have a 6 week old and a very active 5-year-old, I knew I wanted to try baby wearing again. I love the hands free concept and want to be able to go out without a stroller or an overly heavy car seat carrier. Plus, baby wearing and baby carriers have come a long way, and are much more popular and there are a variety of options.
But I still had some apprehensions about baby wearing. I was afraid that the baby wouldn’t feel safe and secure or that it would be hard on my back or that because I am petite (5’0″ on a good day) that I wouldn’t be able to get a good fit with a baby carrier. Many friends had suggested I try a baby wrap so when I had the opportunity to review Wrapy, I decided it was time I give baby wearing another try. This post contains affiliate links.
What I Learned About Baby Wearing from using Wrapy
It’s Not as Intimidating as it Looks
Wraps have intimidated me since I went on a play date when Jack was a baby and most of the moms were seasoned baby wearers. All the fabric, knots and placement was overwhelming to me. But once I tried on my Wrapy
I was surprised by how simple it was and how the visual instructions were easy to use. After a couple of tries at home I was ready to try my Wrapy outside the house.
Your Baby Will Feel Safe (and so will you)
Grace was just a peanut when she was born and I was really nervous about wearing her. The first time I used the Wrapy I had a friend who had help me get Grace in the right position. As soon as Grace was tucked against me she settled in and it was pretty perfect. The Wrapy snuggled her against my chest and kept her in place. There is something wonderful about being able to have her so close but still have my hands free.
It’s Much More Comfortable Than it Looks
One of the reasons baby wearing did not work for me with Jackson was that the carrier I had made me feel like I was pregnant all over again because of how the weight of the baby sat on me and how my back felt. With the Wrapy
I did not have this problem because Grace sits up higher and is nicely tucked against me. It felt like her weight was evenly distributed and not putting pressure on my back.
Babies Love It
So it turns out all those Moms at the play date I went to were right. Babies love being worn. I’ve used Wrapy when Grace was fussy and it works wonders. It keeps her safe and close to me and stops her from startling herself. It is very soothing to a baby and one of the few things I’ve found that is a sure way to calm a baby. A fact that I wish I had known with Jackson.
Some Tips for Using Wrapy
- If you are not used to baby wearing have your spouse or a friend help you get the Wrapy on correctly the first few times. This will help ensure that you have it on correctly.
- When first using Wrapy do it at a time when you and the baby are both calm.
- Make sure you wrap it tight and that your knots are tight. You want it to feel snug against your body, consider it swaddling for Moms.
- If you are having trouble getting the fit right, there are tons of videos on You Tube about how to wear a baby and use a wrap.
- Find a local baby wearing group if you need help. A friend added me to a local group, that meets regularly.
Baby wearing is convenient and leaves babies soothed and safe, all things that I love. Having the Wrapy lets me be hands free and enables me to calm Grace down while still being able to be on the go with Jackson. I love having her snuggled up against me and that I have a way to keep her calm and safe when she is fussy.
The Wrapy can be purchased on Amazon
I was provided with a Wrapy to review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.