Close to My Heart

Oh, sweet babies …
Life is calm when we’re wrapped tight together.
I see your sweet smile.
I hear your tiny breathes.
I feel your warm self.
For so long you were bundled inside of me.
It only seems right to be bundled together now.
You’re close to my heart.
Right where you belong.

Babywearing has been such a blessing to me as a mama. Not only does it allow me to stay close to my little ones, it allows me two hands to switch the laundry, fix dinner, and busy myself with other chores. It’s pretty much priceless.

Over the last two years I’ve dabbled with wraps, slings, and structured carriers. For different activities I have different favorites, and therefore, have become quite the babywearing collector. For the tiny days I adore my Baby K’Tan. The crazy crawling and toddler era brings out my Maya Wrap. Dominic is a fan of our Ergo, and I’ve been experimenting with all the options of our Inya Wrap. Yep, babywearing is a part of our daily routine.

And, just to show how essential babywearing is, here’s my latest parenting mishap …
Last week I found myself at the grocery store with Max and no wrap (darn my postpartum forgetfulness). It made for a difficult shopping trip to say the least. Poor Max wanted to be snuggled and I needed two hands to maneuver around. I ended up carrying him in the football hold, pushing a too full cart, and thanking the Lord that Jemma had stayed at home with her Mimi. From now on, double checking that I have a wrap before leaving home is just as essential as grabbing diapers!

So … what’s your favorite babywearing product and why? Seeing that I’m a collector, I’m always game to try something new :)

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  1. says

    i am a big fan of the hotsling, because it has been so versatile for all the growing stages of my kids.

    • Anonymous says

      Is yours adjustable? Mine is an older style that's similar to a pillow case that's open on the sides & you fold it in half length ways. Its been a Godsend, but I wouldn't recommend mine…

  2. says

    I've been eyeing different carrier for a while now & am curious if you have any recommendations for toddlers? I've got a 20 pound 15 month old and don't know what to get! Thanks, jordan

  3. SadieDear says

    I loved babywearing a lot, while it lasted. As soon as Buckaroo got the idea of walking, he resisted all the wraps and slings I had to offer and that was the end of that. I look forward to doing it again one day!

  4. Melissa Morris says

    Cute picture :)I think the Boba is my fave. I've bought a boba wrap to try out with our soon to be born twins. I never wore my son at the beginning of his life, so the whole wearing newborns thing will be a new experience for me. I'm sure it will be awesome.

  5. ThatMamaGretchen says

    I've heard great things about the Boba!

  6. Anonymous says

    I was given a hotsling & a snugli that were handed down from my SIL. My baby gained weight fast & by 2 months, she was already too heavy for me to wear in the snugli.(it was a halter style) the hotslings one has been good, but its too awkward for nursing & its not totally secure when she's seated.(she's already 20+ lbs) Next time round, I'm getting a ring sling!(I tested one & found it more functional & versatile)

  7. megan kimmelshue says

    I thought I would only need one/like on before I had the babies, but I'm like you – different wraps for different occasions! I LOVE my Boba, both my husband and I have one (mine with a cute bird design, his plain gray) but I made myself a ring sling and pull that out most days, especially when double baby wearing – one in the Boba, the other in the ring sling. We had a baby K'tan (actually had seen you wear it with Jemma and wanted to try it) and a Moby for the little days, too.

  8. megan kimmelshue says

    Melissa, I have twin girls and the best way we've worn them is one in the Boba and one in a ring sling – two Bobas were really heavy – and when they're really tiny, you can actually fit them both in a Moby wrap!

  9. Anonymous says

    I keep an extra carrier in the car because it is inevitable that you will forget to bring one along. I made a ring sling but I cannot seem to keep the rings positioned correctly when I tighten it.

  10. Anna Heath says

    I'm with Dominic – I love our Ergo! I used a Hotsling in the beginning with both girls, but once they hit about 15 lbs, I was ready for something different. Max is almost there!

  11. ThatMamaGretchen says

    I know! It's crazy how well he is fitting into things like the Ergo! Still using our infant insert, but I know he'll be out of it in no time at all!

  12. ThatMamaGretchen says

    Double babywearing … that's a skill!!!

  13. ThatMamaGretchen says

    Jemma hit a point when she didn't like it as much either. It's been so fun having Max so I could get my babywearing fix :)

  14. Julie Smith says

    hee hee gotta love those moments in the store when you just cant manage to do it all =) i never used a wrap before, but IF, thats a big if…i have a 4th child…i probably will have to. I dont know if i can manage 4 kids in public =)

  15. says

    I have a peanut shell sling and an ergo and love them both, but neither is perfect. Will definitely add a ring sling and a moby-type wrap at some point, maybe for the next babe. Love the colour of yours in this picture!

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