A lot have been heard, written and spoken about baby-wearing already and so it needs no introduction here. As a millennial mom, we do have access to a lot of information online and otherwise too. Nevertheless I am going to be giving you a gist of what babywearing is, its benefits and a little more about my favorite carrier too.
I would start by saying babywearing is an art by itself. An art of carrying your new born to toddler securely and comfortably on you and going about your everyday chores hands free. It has , is and will be a savior for a lot of moms/ dads during the initial stages of parenting from sleepless nights, colic babies, teething, general toddler tantrums, cranky toddlers to vaccine visits( of course the difficulty continues later too but hey you sort of get used to it 🙂 )
The benefits of baby wearing is not only making you hands free but the list just only starts there.
*Healthwise, it promotes better digestion during the early stages
*It helps in promoting attachment parenting which in turn has a lot of benefits. More on this in my next blog may be
*Babies sleep well and less fussy
*Helps in steady weight gain in preemies too and promotes some crucial developments for them
*Helps/promotes in cognitive ans social skills as they hear/ observe us.
*Breastfeeding made easy in public ( wear them and nurse them)
*The weight of the baby is evenly distributed and hence less pressure on the spine
*Walk more and hence chances of loosing weight
*If you ,like me don’t like strangers grabbing/touching/lifting your baby, baby wearing helps you in that too!!Keeps them close.
But all these comes down to choosing the right one. Not all products available on the market are ergonomic. There are different typea of carrier ranging from full buckles to wraps for the beginners to people who are familiar with wrapping the baby.
I have tried a lot od Indian ergonomic brands and my favourite for now is Kolkol.
My first ever carrier was also Kolkol incidentally, but I had got a meh dai. Its a full buckle meet wrap kind of a carrier and I loved the concept .Unfortunately Tanny didn’t have the patience to hold on until I tie him up,so I had give up. Next i went for a ring sling and stayed with it for a while bedore switching to a couple of more full buckles (from other brands) which I wasnt very comfortable with. Funally, I thought babywearing isnt for me until I tried Kolkol compact and fell in love with it.
Got one immediately and have been using it ever since.
What I loved about compact is
-True to its name, it is super compact and doesn’t need a lot of space
-The shoulder padding that Kolkol gives is beyond comfort. Its easy on your shoulders and doesnt cause any trouble even during longer hours of using the carrier.
-The waist belt ,which also is a primitive part of the carrier is sturdy and does the job perfectly.
– There are just simple buckles to fasten and easier to use for first timers.
I have also tried Leela ( Kolkol’s newborn to toddler carrier) which also boasts of similar comfort.
On the whole and since I have been tryimg a lot of other brands too, I can safely say that Kolkol is and will always be my Favourite. Again, this is completely based on my experience .If you still have doubts about choosing the right one for you, try it before buying it from your local babywearing libraray or Kolkol has an excellent travelling program for moms to try before buying.
Good luck wearing your baby.