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I live in Kent with my husband, toddler Tilly (henceforth known as Monkey) and another baby due in November. We have two cats, Duncan and Lady Macbeth, and four chickens who kindly lay us eggs daily. We live in the picturesque seaside town of Broadstairs. I enjoy reading, knitting and cooking. I'm trying to be a bit 'greener' (not sure how successfully), and to be a gentle parent. Extended breastfeeding and co-sleeping don't freak me out, we use cloth nappies and try to follow some of the ideals of Attachment Parenting. If that sounds as if I know what I'm doing, I don't! I am also a psychotherapist with an interest in Focusing-oriented therapy, and I have a small private practice in the area.

Thursday, 18 December 2008

My Babywearing Pledge and other thoughts...

I love my Mum dearly but I'd also like to be adopted by Soulemama... is that a bad thing?! Either that or I'd like to *be* her. Do go and visit her blog, the photos in particular are so beautiful.

So, before the Monkey was born I really liked the idea of babywearing and bought a ring sling initially, which I wore her in a little bit but she never really got on with it and could be quite unpredictable. I found it quite stressful because I never knew if she would be fine or would scream her head off, so the pram got used more and more, and began to feel like the easier option. I still coveted slings though, and got a Sleepy Nico to add to my collection (gorgeous!). This week I've caught the bug again, mainly thanks to my friends Sue and Kate, who are fast becoming sling addicts and talk about their 'stashes', so I've decided that this week is Ditch the Pram Week and I'm going to try getting the baby used to being worn (I say week, I only started yesterday though). Yesterday was not a good start: I went to Babycafe and brought the Maya ring sling with me, just to use to and from the car. I'd found it okay putting the baby in it on my hip but for some reason it just didn't work out. I've decided I don't like the padded shoulder on the Maya, for a start. I couldn't get the baby to sit comfortably, particularly wearing her coat, so I gave up in the end. That afternoon I experimented with my borrowed Hug-a-Bub stretchy wrap, and had Monkey wrapped up in it for a short while successfully. I found it really comfy, much more so that the Nico, actually. This morning we went out to meet a new friend from the ivillage Attachment Parenting board, so I wore the wrap again and it was a great success. I did a front wrap cross carry (I think!), the version which you can tie on and then just slip the baby and out. We wandered around M&S a bit, then the Monkey came out while I had a cup of tea, and then back in for some more shopping. She was even on the verge of falling asleep, it felt really nice to have her snuggly, head resting on my chest. As it happened we had to get going before she fell properly asleep. So I'm really chuffed and on the look out for a woven wrap... I'm thinking an Ellaroo...


Daisie said...

I loved wearing Nathaniel when he was small and it meant free hands for trips to school and shopping etc and when he was bad with colic or colds I used to stick him in it to do jobs around the house in the evening. I still wear him in the sling for short journies but he's a bit heavy now for carrying very far. He likes the pram more now that he can talk to us. Francesca rides the buggy board and Elizabeth runs alongside and he loves being on their level.

I'm sure he'll be in the sling for the january sales; it's just safer!

I am envious of everyones lovely stash of slings. I only have one, a beige freedom ring sling (in that colour because it goes with everything)!

Happy wearing!


Naomi said...

I love wearing Tristan and Eloise in slings and my stash is slowly increasing, one of the stash is an Ellaroo (the LaRae pattern) and I love it, it's so colourful and puts me in a happy mood when I get it out, reminds me of sunshine! It's very comfy too, I don't think you'd be wasting your money if you bought one, put it that way :)

Happy Babywearing! :D

Mon (holistic mama) said...

So glad you found a hold and carrier the Monkey likes. My LO never liked being carried in sling fashion, but has always loved the wrap. Yep, we use ellaroo! I have a couple of pics on the blog. I really must get more on.

Earthenwitch said...

Probably a bit late, but I love the Storch sling we have - I have a Moby wrap too, which is great but not so supportive now that we're at seven months.

Oh, and hello. :)