‘Is Babywearing worth it?’ – This is the most common question faced by Babywearing parents from parents who have yet not taken the plunge. The questions come in different forms, like – Would a child like to be carried once he has started walking? How long a carrier is used? Why would we make an investment for something which will be of no use in few months.
It is true that its all about the bond, you can carry your baby even in a dupatta or a saree, or a table cloth for that matter, a baby wouldn’t know the difference. But the fact remains that a lot of passionate Babywearing Moms and Dads start making some big investments towards different Baby Carriers. And that’s where it starts looking a bit odd to the onlookers.
There would be days when you wouldn’t even touch your carrier. In our kind of culture, you can always get helping hands, there will always be grandparents who won’t get tired holding your Baby for hours together. Those days you won’t even remember the baby carrier you so diligently purchased. There will be days that you will doubt why you even invested in one.
But then there will be days when amidst a great holiday, your otherwise happy – healthy baby gets a fever owing to teething, he only wants to be in your arms for literally the whole day. You can’t stay indoors all day long, because you have a travel plan which needs to be followed, you have co travelers who needs to be considered before changing the schedule, above all your baby needs some fresh air, he wants to roam around but clinging to you, that time your beloved, trusted baby carrier comes to rescue. This is me and my baby story during last weekend. Everything was going great but suddenly the second day Bunny (my almost 1 yr old) woke up with fever and only the next day i realized it was due to teething. He just wanted to be with me all the time. I held him for hours in a ring sling, in a soft structured carrier and off course in my arms too. So yes on such days the carrier and all the Babywearing related investments seems worth it.
In the Babywearing Communities we keep hearing about different situations where Babywearing comes to rescue for so many parents. How Babywearing help moms to lead a regular life as against being confined to home because now they have a baby. How a mom was able to attend an emergency without being dependent on someone because she could carry her baby close to her. How a couple were able to enjoy their favorite activity like travelling or trekking with their baby close to them. How a mom was able to cater to the needs of her sick child who was undergoing a treatment, so and so forth.
And yes that one day, one situation makes everything worth it. Apart from the fact that you won’t even realize when your little one has become this independent individual and there are only few years you can actually cuddle him, keep him close and snug.
Keep them close for as long as you can !!! And if you are still wondering why so many carriers, that’s because they also have a great resale value, some even more than their purchase value.
Leaving you with a pic when Bunny Boy was a little better the next day but wanted to be held and be only with me. Here I am having dinner, after long, tiring day and Bunny sleeping peacefully on me.
Carrier in this Pic – Boba 3g
Originally posted here – http://www.babywearingstuff.com/module/csblog/post/19-1–is-babywearing-worth-it.html