Updated: May 21
I've loved carrying since my eldest daughter was born, over eleven years ago. Back then I didn't have a clue about slings and I didn't know anyone that had used them. I became a parent at the age of 20 and I didn't know many other parents at all, aside from my own! Back then, I'd push the pram with my baby on my hip .. A LOT. I also danced around and rocked her to sleep in arms for as long as it took. Needless to say, I had a pretty achey back a lot of the time! This also made parenting the way that I wanted to feel like an extreme sport, which did nothing to help alleviate the postnatal depression that I was suffering with. What I didn't know was that there was a way to comfort my baby and boost my own mood. And it is affordable. And it would feel like an extra pair of hands. When my second child was born, I knew a couple of other parents who had used carriers for their children and they encouraged me to try it. I loved carrying my baby in the sling and being able to comfort her so effortlessly. She suffered terribly with reflux and I'm not sure how I would have coped without babywearing. Babywearing was so therapeutic in so many ways. For both of us. I loved chatting with my eldest daughter as we walked along the river near our house. And pushing her on the swings whilst still meeting my baby's needs. And that new baby smell is just heavenly!
Now, with my third child being born just weeks before the whole country went into lockdown, slings saved me and my sanity yet again. On days when I felt so raw and overwhelmed that I didn't know what to do, I wrapped my baby skin to skin in my stretchy wrap and things felt a little easier to manage. I was also able to take care of my older kids without feeling so much like I was juggling. With my baby in the sling, I was able to help with craft projects, cook dinners and generally be available for my older two at a time when they needed reassurance. I knew that with this being my last baby, I needed to spread the love and share my knowledge to help other families realise the joy of carrying their children in slings.