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So if you already read my post on attachment parenting, you’ll know I’m a huge advocate for baby wearing. Wearing Athena on my chest has literally kept me sane. We all have those days where our babes are clingy little (adorable) tumors. As much as we love the baby snuggles, those dishes are starting to pile up, and there’s a load of laundry that’s still sitting in the washer waiting to be dried. But the second you try to put baby down, all hell breaks loose (“How DARE you mom!”). In fact, as I type this, I’m currently standing up with my laptop on the kitchen counter, while wearing a sleeping babe. So for these days, and anytime in between, there’s the magic of baby wearing. Wearing your little one creates bonding and comfort for your baby, and by keeping her close, you know that she is safe and sound.
There are several different styles of baby wraps and carriers, and also several methods on how to wear them; from the newborn stage, up until the point where they no longer like to be worn on mom. I opted for a Moby wrap, and also a Tula carrier. I loved the idea of the Moby wrap for a newborn; the soft and supple materials, and the thicker cloth to keep her warm. I used this wrap religiously throughout the entire newborn stage. Now that she’s little bit older, she enjoys the stability of the Tula carrier, especially when she goes out on walk with me. Either one of these products are amazing, though I recommend both so the baby can grow with them.
Even though Athena is about three months old, I still love to use the Moby wrap, especially when I’m trying to get some chores done around the house. In this post, I’m going to demonstrate the different wrapping techniques you can use for your baby; the newborn hold, and the three and four month hold. Your little one will definitely let you know when they’ve outgrown the newborn wrapping method (and you’ll know because they’re now able to fully stretch their legs out).
1.) So I know it looks like a lot of material, and it might take you a few tries to get it right, but once you figure it out it’s like second nature putting it on. Start by making the wrap flat. Find the tag in the middle of the wrap and fold the entire thing in half, keeping an eye on the middle tag.
2.) Keeping everything as smooth and flat as you can, position the wrap around your torso so that the opening of the fold is facing down towards your belly button, keeping the tag centered on your torso as well.
3.) Reach around back and grab one side of the wrap and pull it over your shoulder, keeping everything smooth and the opening of the fold to the inside. Tuck this side down under the piece across your torso. Repeat this for the other side, crossing the pieces in front of each other. The first side you pulled down is referred to as the “inside” piece and the second is the “outside” piece.
4.) Take the two pieces and pull them down so the fabric over your shoulders tighten. Wrap each piece around your back, criss-crossing them, and pulling them back to the front. Tie a secure safety knot in the front.
5.) To put your babe in, open up the fold of the inside piece against your chest and slide baby’s leg and booty in there. Pull the fabric over and across her butt. Next put her other leg in the outside piece and pull that fabric across her back and butt too. Always make sure baby has the “M” shaped frog legs when she’s in this position as a newborn, it’s easier on their little hips.
6.)Next, pull up the piece of fabric wrapped around your torso, the one with the label in the middle. Pull this piece all the way up to the back of babies neck, though it should still be supporting the booty too.
Note: Your baby may struggle at first from being so close and secured. It took me two weeks until Athena and I were both comfortable and confident enough to use it regularly. Also, always make sure the top of you baby’s head is close enough that you can kiss it easily; if not, then she’s too low in the wrap, which probably means it’s not tight enough.
There you have it! And like I said before, don’t give up on it! It seems like a lot of fabric at first, and you’re going to have a try a few different times. Once you get the hang of it though, it’ll save your arms from carrying a clingy baby around all day!