Joy of babywearing

When I was pregnant I read Deborah Jackson’s book Baby Wisdom (now sadly out of print) which starts with a look at the modern baby equipment list and just how numerous our expected ‘essentials’ have become.

I wanted a simpler approach and combined with my biologist’s belief in the appropriateness of keeping your baby close I chose to forego the travel system and bought myself a ring sling instead. So began my love affair with
babywearing and baby carriers – the pleasure of carrying my child and the beauty of many of the carriers themselves has left a lasting impression on me and my life.

I found an incredible freedom in being able to go anywhere, anytime without worrying about lugging around a pushchair, or finding somewhere to breastfeed. It has made negotiating public toilets, escalators and stairs, and rough ground no different to how it was before I had a baby. I have even been able to breastfeed hands-free whilst paying for my shopping in the supermarket!

As E has grown older we have appreciated the view of the world a baby carrier provides and even as a toddler the opportunity for a place of rest.

The most wonderful part has been the sharing each moment with my little girl. With her in my arms I have found that I am never alone, there is always someone right by me to talk to, listen to, or watch the world go by with.

Babywearing is one of the most empowering things about being a mum for me. Carrying E in a sling has allowed me to do things with a baby that I would probably otherwise have found too overwhelming. From the everyday shopping trips, to a stressfree two day music festival with an eight week old!