“Starting over” is the most common phrase when a parent has a child after several years between their last child.
I heard that often when we had Titus, our family’s youngest child. He’s the youngest of my 5 children with an age span of 10 years from my next older son Aramis.
“You’re starting over?” “Oh my God, you’re starting all over!” “What’s that like, starting over?”
The answer is, well, it is like starting over, literally. It seems everything for pregnancy and babies had been profoundly revamped from only 10 years ago. However, I found a few old ways had remained.
One particular ‘old way’ was babywearing. When I had my first child, 18 years ago, holding a baby to soothe them was considered a bad thing. The alternative was to leave them alone to soothe themselves. On one hand, it’s understandable that a child should learn this important skill. On the other hand, an infant does not understand that concept.
Babywearing, something cultures worldwide have done for ages, is wearing or carrying a baby in a sturdy fabric sling or specially formed carrier. Babywearing International states, “Babywearing promotes bonding, supports breastfeeding, can help combat postpartum depression, makes caregiving easier, and can be a lifesaver for parents of high-needs children.” I wholeheartedly second that!
I came across the Lalabu Soothe Shirt while on Instagram. It’s a tank top and baby carrier in one, modern convenience for an old world technique! Its fabric is comfortable and so durable, I wore this top constantly for Titus’ first 4 months. Carrying him this way relieved tension in my neck and shoulders. Another wonderful feature is that it’s made so the front can be easily moved aside for breastfeeding. At first glance, the price may seem expensive but considering it’s durability and versatility, it is money well spent!
Lalabu knows babywearing isn’t just for moms. They are now introducing a Soothe Shirt for dads! Watch their heartwarming video campaign here.
You can also connect with other babywearers through Facebook groups like Lodi Babywearers. You’ll find their advice and support helpful as you learn this traditional technique using fabric slings and other carriers.
Whether starting over with a new baby in your family or becoming a brand new parent there will be challenges. I’ve found babywearing to be so helpful and enjoyable during the early months. How has babywearing helped you? Share in the comments.