Babywearing – Good for mummy, good for daddy, good for my daughter’s social skills!

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We’d always decided to buy a baby carrier as part of preparing for my daughters arrival. Along with a pram is was part of the kit we wanted. We saw it as practical at the time but didn’t understand all the wonderful benefits it would bring to all of us. Devout baby wearers will start wagging fingers at me when I say that our first carrier was a Baby Bjorn Miracle. They will say that I was harming my daughters hips, as the ‘M’ position is much more ergonomically correct. I would say, if you have no known hip problems, it is fine to use (personal opinion based on my reading of articles and knowing that there is no peer reviewed research on it out there yet) and for us helped us immensely to cope with hours of crying from Colic. I didn’t get on with the Baby Bjorn and moved on to a stretchy Kari Me Wrap. Today at nearly 14 months we both mainly use a Boba 3G soft structured carrier, along with the other 5 different slings and carriers that I now own. I may have gotten the baby wearing bug!

Now we as parents love carrying our daughter. Getting a hug in a carrier is fantastic and being close enough to kiss means she receives lots of kisses from us. Not having a bulky buggy in a shop or restaurant is a godsend, but what I’ve really noticed over the months of wearing her, is how social she can be. When we are in a shop and she can smile and interact with a shop assistants. When we walked past the Ritz hotel in London, she waved at the door man and he waved back. Bumping in to a work colleague, they could both have a proper “conversation”, without someone having to bend down and pear in to the pushchair. People notice her and chat to her, smile and wave, she smiles and waves back. It is so lovely to see and helps her to be a more social child too.

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