Baby wearing is all the craze right now. Which I think it pretty funny considering that it has been not only a craze but a necessity for peasant farmers for thousands of years… But I digress.
With Bean, I tried using a sling when he was a couple months old. Once he got out of that newborn stage around three months old, he didn’t want to just sit in one place while I went about my household chores. He wanted to come along. And since it’s hard to tote a load of laundry while carrying an infant, we had to try the sling. He wasn’t opposed to the sling, but it was a phase that didn’t last long. He liked it for about a month, and then he had no interest in it anymore. He started squirming a lot and crying when he was in it. I tried an Ergo and a few other baby carriers, but in the end, he just preferred to be held or put down, so we let him be.
Gracie, though, was a sling machine. That kid lived in her slings for months. And it was a necessity with her because I had little Bean Man to care for at the same time. The first time I took them both grocery shopping and had Bean in the cart, Gracie in the sling, and both my hands free to shop, I thought I’d died and gone to mommy heaven. It was amazing!
Using a sling with Gracie was great during cold season, too. I kept her close to me when we were out in public spaces and everyone was sick and germy. It was nice at things like little kid birthday parties where all Bean’s friends wanted to touch Gracie, but she was still too small for a lot of germs. And, of course, there was when we moved into our new house and I was able to actually help strip wallpaper and do small repairs because I could take Gracie with me.
Slings and baby carriers are wonderful options if your baby likes them. I would suggest borrowing one from a friend first to see how it goes. I spent a lot on a trendy brand of baby carrier, only to discover that neither of my kids liked it. Test them out before you buy. But if there’s no opposition from your tiny peanut gallery, then go for it!