I’ve recently become evermore convinced that babywearing is a key to successful and peaceful parenting of little ones. With one wild, energetic and curious toddler, and one very dependent newborn, I’ve found that wearing Connor makes the days a little easier and leaves me a little saner—which is a good thing for all of us ;)
There are endless benefits of babywearing, some say it mimics the womb, strengthens the bond between parent and baby, aids in baby development and promotes health. I’ve also found that while in the carrier, Connor is calmer, cries less and sleeps more. But for me, the biggest babywearing benefit is that it allows me to keep Connor close and comfort him—all while being hands-free. Which means I can entertain Ryan and play with him, adventure outside of the house without the hassle of a stroller, cook, clean, work, and (maybe, most importantly) eat meals.
I've always been a fan of entertainment and adventure, and since growing our family, I've tried to not let the babies hold us back from getting out. The biggest lesson we've learned is this: have a game plan. We go in ready; ready with food and entertainment, and an escape plan. This past weekend, there was a musician in Annapolis who Michael really wanted to see. He was playing an 'all-ages' matinee at a venue that serves food tableside, and we thought, we can do this :) Before the show started we ordered lunch, and during the show, Michael wore Ryan and I wore Connor; not only did both babes remain calm, but Ryan even enjoyed the music. After the show, we grabbed some ice cream and walked along the beautiful historic streets of downtown. Michael and I both agreed that without the carriers the day wouldn't have been half as successful or enjoyable.