Today’s post is on a topic that is near and dear to my heart personally, but something I don’t seem to write about near enough. Maybe I shy away because I don’t want to discourage anyone from getting outside, no matter how they do it. And that is the truth – if you are getting outside with your family, I applaud you.
But, here’s the fact – babywearing is THE only repeatedly successful way that we were able to get outside continuously as a family when our children were very young. That said, our kids were also in our Chariot from a very young age, but they were also worn and snuggled and kept warm and safe from the comfort of a quality baby carrier more often and from the very very beginning. It is the reason I so readily support, endorse and am an Ambassador for Boba (my top choice after trying out dozens of other carriers.) It was (and continues to be) my life-saver and “sanity carrier” (for the babies and me).
As a mother, I have found great freedom in wearing my children (and continue to do so even now.) Admittedly, I looked forward to the day when they were old enough to safely ride on my back (because it is so much easier to not have to work around them on the front). But, both my boys, by sheer necessity both physically and emotionally, experienced the world from the view of my body (or their Daddy’s) while we continued with our lives both indoors and outdoors.
Even now P climbs onto my back (Boba or not) when he is tired and starts playing with my hair. It is his comfort-zone. It is where he spent/spends time when he needed/needs me (because he was young, teething, tired, sick, or just wanted his Mama.) Both the boys are bonded to both Mtn Papa and I because of the time we spent (and continue to spend) together. It is one of the best parenting decisions I keep making.
Connecting with Nature and Getting Outside as a Family
Babywearing has allowed us to hike with newborns, get outside daily from the time they were very beginning and allow both them and us the chance for fresh air, a little exercise and the calming sounds of nature. Our hands were free to safely maneuver trails while our kiddos stayed warm, comfortable, close and engaged in the world around them. While I won’t ever claim that my kids never cried as babies (let’s be honest here!), they were considerably happier when worn AND outside. In fact, more often than not stepping outdoors was the only way to calm them down (and soothe my fragile nerves!)
I recently read this great post over at The Brave Ski Mom about No Regret Parenting. I resonates so deeply because I know how easy it is for life to get out-of-hand crazy busy. We all have a list of “to do”s and “things we want to do with our children”. Are we inhibited by our discomforts or inability to get out because of LIFE things (like a new baby, new job, poor weather, poor scheduling, etc.)? While I am far from perfect at it, we really do strive to make the most of the moments we can (and again, babywearing has made that possible….especially as the “olders” get older and we have a new baby around.)
If I had all the money in the world, I would buy each new parent I met a Boba 3G. Really, I would. I believe in them and babywearing that much. But, since I don’t, I will do everything I can to be able to share the Boba love on this site with giveaways and babywearing support. Watch for them. In the meantime, you can find all of Boba’s carriers here
Let’s get a discussion going…..
How are you creating a lifelong bond with your child? Do you babywear? Do you feel limited by having a newborn? How do you get out and take time for yourself when your kiddos are young?
I will be actively chiming in here in the comments and on our Facebook page too. Please join me. We all have different parenting styles – let’s embrace them, learn from others and be inspired!
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