Teen Mom 2 star Kailyn Lowry recently tweeted a photo of herself holding a friend's newborn in a sling, along with the message: "Babywearing! Definitely getting a sling for my next baby!" And I've gotta say: I think Kailyn has the right idea here going with a sling. Some of those other baby carriers can be confusing in the very beginning. Or maybe it was just me?
Before my daughter was born, I got three baby carriers. I know. They were all gifts, and truth be told, I was convinced I wouldn't be able to live without a single one. I graciously received the Baby Bjorn; the Mei Tai; and the Moby Wrap. I figured the Moby Wrap -- which I think is so beautiful and natural-looking -- would be my go-to during the no neck control phase, and the other two would be for after.
Yeah, that didn't happen.
For those of you who don't know about the Moby Wrap, let me tell you: It's involved. It's a looong piece of fabric, and basically you have to tie it over your body just so, and insert your child in between your twists and knots. I tried using it the first few weeks of my daughter's life and it just didn't happen -- she didn't like it; I had a hard time properly arranging it; and it was generally just a hot mess. So for the first few months of my baby's life, there was no babywearing for me. Just babyholding.
Once my daughter gained control of her neck, I was able to use the Moby Wrap, as well as the Baby Bjorn (I used the Mei Tei once, I think; nothing against it, just preferred the other two). I love the look and feel of the Moby Wrap -- very earth mama -- but I usually go with the Bjorn as it's more convenient to just strap on.
But yeah, in the very beginning there was no babywearing for me. It was kind of a bummer. I think that part of the reason was that -- almost from the very start -- my child loved facing outward. You can't have an outward-facing baby in a carrier if they don't have control of their neck. Also, I was just flustered then. Bottom line: Baby who wants to be facing outward + fluster = not a good recipe for leisurely strolling the streets of Brooklyn with an infant strapped to your chest.
Next time around, I'm going sling (like Kailyn's wearing). It just seems much easier to tuck a small one into a pouch-type thing without having to tie anything. What can I say? Me and Kailyn Lowry: Twinsies in every way.
Did you use a sling?
Image via Kailyn Lowry/Instagram