The babywearing idea came into our house with a breastfeeding Consultant I have asked for advice. It was back in 2014, after I gave birth to Eva which is currently 27 month-old. I must admit that before that, I rarely saw people with carriers. The Consultant told me that it was good both, for breastfeeding and for calming down the baby. She gave me a woven wrap for a week, to try it and see if I like it. I only managed once to put that carrier during that week, seemed like rocket science somehow, but I liked it.
Then I started discussing with my Moms friends, and discovered that many of them were carrying their babies in baby ergonomic carriers. I also found out that there are carriers on the market that are not ergonomic and you might want to avoid them as they might not keep your baby in a healthy wearing position.
They gave me more motivation, hearing how they can calm the babies in wraps, or go for walks with free hands , or help them fall asleep when they are very tired. Now I see carried babies everywhere and even helped some good friends with baby-carrying advises.
When Eva was 3 months old, we bought the elastic wrap. And my fun in the evening was to dance with her in this wrap. She was calm, and sometimes she would fall asleep. Then we bought a Manduca carrier and it was much easier to put her in it or to put her down if she got bored , or she needed food or a nappy change. Even my husband started carrying her. For example when taking her home from swimming lessons, she would cuddle in his arms in Manduca and fall asleep.
Manduca made our life much easier and even more fun. When Eva was 8 months old we went home, by plane , and it was great to carry her in the airport, and then on small trips in the mountains.
Afterwards, I started to attend some dancing meetings with babies in the wraps or carriers. Eva really enjoyed these ones. We attended also 2 flash mobs in Bratislava for babywearing and Eva asks me from time to time to show her the videos and dance again like that. She just smiles and claps her hands when she watches them. Now we have a toddler version from Tula, and it’s still great to carry her, but just for short periods of time. We always take it with us on trips, as its easier to use than a push chair. We just store the Tula carrier in a backpack and when she gets tired we put her in. Now that she is bigger, she is mostly carried by my husband.
If you would like a more professional definition for babywearing, I have found a website that supports babywearing internationally, quoting them :
„Babywearing is the practice of keeping your baby or toddler close and connected to you as you engage in daily activities through the use of one of a variety of types of baby carriers. It is a traditional practice in many cultures that is not widely used by modern industrialized societies, but it nonetheless has many benefits for both children and caregivers. Babywearing promotes bonding, supports breastfeeding, can help combat postpartum depression, makes caregiving easier, and can be a lifesaver for parents of high-needs children.”
♥ Why I like Babywearing
- Good to calm down your baby. First months it was a good activity to calm down my daughter and the attachment to me helped with breastfeeding.
- Supports breastfeeding. Skin to skin breastfeeding in it stimulates the milk flow.
- Gives you hands. It was helpful to have it around the house when Eva was crawling and I needed to cook or dry the clothes. I just put her in Manduca, and as she was very curious she would watch around and I could do something around the house.
- You can dance together or do easy exercises. It was also a way of fun when we went dancing in the baby carrier or when we attended the flash mobs.
- Best for hiking. And one of the best and still used functions for us is to carry the tired baby, having free hands on trips .When hiking, some places are definitely not push chair friendly.
♥ Babywearing in Bratislava
For the babywearing fans, there are groups supporting babywearing in Bratislava and events to attend.
Nosime nase deti. The biggest group I know on Facebook that relates to Bratislava, is Nosime nase deti, and there are the greatest babywearing fans.
A lot of moms write there for advice, sell/buy carriers, or write about events . You may write there in English, as many moms would speak the language and are willing to help.
♥ Further articles coming soon:
- Babywearing events
- Carrier types
- Shops to try&buy in Bratislava