I Said I Would Never Baby Wear… I Was Wrong
I remember when babywearing started becoming really mainstream a few years before I had kids — around 2009 or so. At least that's when I started seeing more and more tiny toddlers looking down on me from their mother's back. It freaked me out a little, I'll be honest. It seemed like the baby equivalent of the toddler backpack leash.
But, I found that after I actually had kids, I knew a lot more about what it takes to raise them. Shocking, huh? And what I found was a number of things.
Babies are friggin' heavy! Holy cow. They place this tiny, fragile newborn in your arms, and a few months later, you swear you accidentally gave birth to an elephant. Plus, when you're already lugging a sack of flour everywhere, why do you want to add 15 pounds of plastic in the form of a baby carrier?
Doing things one handed is a pain, and a lot of things are impossible. Sure, you can swipe your credit card with one hand, but unless someone wants to hold the slip for you to sign, your John Hancock looks like you wrote it with your feet. A baby strapped to your chest gives you both of your arms back, and that is a beautiful thing.
All babies love their mommies, and then there are some babies who need to be ATTACHED TO MOMMY EVERY SECOND OF THE DAY. Babywearing makes this possible. Happy baby = happy mama.
Strollers are really great, really convenient Monster Truck-like contraptions that take up an enormous amount of space. While they are helpful in some situations, it's really nice to be able to walk around the zoo as a family without the hassle strollers bring.
Imagine going for a walk on a nice summer day. Now imagine that instead of walking and looking at the landscape, you're instead strapped in a horizontal position to large, uncomfortable piece of nylon, which causes you to sweat, while someone awkwardly lugs you around by a handle. Yuck. Now, imagine someone taking you on a piggyback ride as your mode of transportation. Instantly better!
When I would see a mama wearing her baby before I was one myself, I would think, “OK, OK, we get it! You have a baby. Do you really need to wear him like an accessory?”
Yes, I am embarrassed by my ridiculously childish 20-something world view.
Now, when I see a fellow baby wearer, all I can see is how happy and content the baby is, how the mom is able to multitask and bond with her little one, and how my lack of judgment lets me appreciate the Mommy World so much more.
In the words of a fellow mommy-wearer, “Wear ALLTHEBABIES!”