A few weeks ago some awful comments were made in the media about families who choose to carry their children. No one should ever be made to feel like their choices and parenting styles are not good enough. I wrote this post shortly after.
Babywearing has SAVED MY SANITY! I cannot explain to people how much I rely on this piece of cloth that holds my child.
It has (and still does) helped us both through breast feeding, colic, reflux, teething, general baby issues and more.
Baby wearing has given me back my independence! We can walk the dog, do the shopping, go for a walk on the beach, in the woods or in the Trafford centre. All of these things are very difficult with a pram.
When I wear my child he is calm, I am calm. We have a closeness that I cannot explain. I know when he needs me and what he wants because he is just there, so close. He has formed a close, attached bond to me, his mum. Now as he is becoming older I can see him forming close relationships with the other people in his life. This is a quality that human beings need to survive.
The mothers and fathers I have met through babywearing have become some of my best friends. Having a baby is fucking hard and having people around who can support you is the only way to get through it.
It makes me sad to hear that something that I love so much and has been of so much benefit to me and my child is ridiculed on such a public platform. I encourage every parent to do what works for them and pass no judgment on others, but if you are interested in babywearing I encourage you to contact your local Sling Library and put down the Daily Mail!