When I found out I was pregnant with my first child, my husband and I were thrilled in that naive sort of way that first-timers often are. Visions of chubby, cuddly, dozing babies danced in our heads while any realistic issues were tossed by the wayside for the time being. As the life inside me began to take form, my mothering instincts kicked in, and I began to devour all information I could get my hands on relating to pregnancy, childbirth, and caring for a newborn.
I knew we needed supplies, but I was determined to buy only those practical items that we would use on a regular basis, steering clear of all the “fluff.” Our tiny house was cramped as it was, and I couldn’t imagine filling it with clunky contraptions to soothe a fussy baby.
Baby carriers were one of the items I came across that intrigued me. I learned that many mothers found it helpful to “wear” their baby throughout the day, allowing them to complete chores and tasks with free hands while giving their babies a comforting, stimulating experience. Being the multi-tasker that I naturally am, the thought of completing my to-do list without missing a beat thrilled me.
I learned about the basic types of carriers. Backpacks allow you to carry your baby on your back. These are suitable for babies who have total head control, so you really can’t use them until your baby is around 6 months old. Backpacks are available in… Read the rest