This is the fifth in a series of blog posts about products that prepare your newborn for establishing great sleeping habits. Whether you are an expecting parent or know one, this list of "must-have" baby items will be your go-to guide for baby registries and shower gifts.
Today’s post focuses on Baby Carrying. You may have seen women walking around with babies slung around their chest or on their back and thought, I wonder if that’s something I would want to do? Well, there are several advantages to carrying your baby. Here are my two favorite:
- Your child is close enough to smell you (even if you don’t think this is a good thing, he will love every second of it), feel your warmth, and experience the motion of your body as you sway and walk. These details are incredibly comforting to your newborn, who just spent the last several months inside your body. Oftentimes, babies will be rocked to sleep when you wear them, and in case you haven’t heard, sleep begets sleep.
- You are essentially hands-free. Holding a newborn is a wonderful way to bond, but sometimes, you have things to do! If you put your child down and he cries incessantly, put him in an infant carrier. He will love being close to you, and you can still eat a meal or check your email!
My Two Favorite Styles for Baby Carrying
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Two styles of baby carriers that I’ve personally used include the Baby Bjorn Air and the Baby K’tan. Each has its advantages but I will say that selecting a baby carrier is as personal a choice as selecting a purse—and you know how hard that can be! Just keep in mind who else might be using it. For example, my husband was willing to wear the Baby Bjorn, but wouldn’t give the Baby K’tan a second glance!
There are so many different styles of baby carriers on the market, so do a little browsing, ask a friend, and definitely try some on. Look for anything with back support (even babies get heavy when you carry them for more than 10 minutes) and purchase one from a store that has a good return policy. If you buy one and it doesn’t work for you (how do I get this darn thing on?!), you’ll always have the option of sending it back. And YouTube has awesome “how to” videos for those who struggle to figure it out on their own.
That’s a wrap!
I hope you enjoyed my reviews this week. All of the items I mentioned have been used by me personally and come with my highest recommendation because they encourage good sleeping habits, right from the start.
There are so many registry guides out there (every baby store has one!), and of course you will need several big items as well, but this is the list of absolute must-haves to keep your baby happy, and yourself sane! These are all tried and true, from my nursery to yours.
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