Ever since I was pregnant, I’ve been into the idea of baby wearing. I loved the idea of having the little person that I’d been carrying in my tummy for 9 months being carried on my chest as I went about my daily tasks. The only trouble was, I didn’t really know anything about it.
As far as I was concerned, I hadn’t really heard of the term baby wearing itself, and assumed that my only option was the traditional Baby Björn Original, one of which I’d been given by a friend. Oh how wrong I was! Turns out, there’s actually a whole world of baby wearing out there, which is why today, after I’d debated with myself whether I could take a buggy to such an event and then nearly getting lost en route, I’ve been to my very first sling meet to find out what’s what.
I first tried the NCT Close Caboo when Baby Lighty was tiny, mostly because I was finding it difficult to keep on top of the housework and chores and give him plenty of cuddles at the same time. Stored in a handy pouch bag, which then becomes part of the sling, it’s pre-wrapped, to make it as easy as possible to put on. We did find it easy to put on, but every time we then tried to lift Baby Lighty into it, we struggled until he would be so distressed that we gave up. Having said that, we did manage it twice: once indoors whilst carrying out housework, and once we even Caboo’d at the zoo!
Our next attempt at baby wearing came in the form of our Baby Björn Original during our recent visits to the National Trust properties Belton House and Cragside as part of our Scottish road trip, and this time Mr Lighty got in on the act.
We both loved the ease with which we could get Baby Lighty in and out of the Björn, but as our carrier was a second hand older version, we were a bit concerned about the fact that his legs weren’t in the recommended ‘M’ or froggy shape. We rectified this a bit back at home with the ‘scarf hack’ whereby we used the belly pouch part of our Caboo round the bottom of our Björn, but it wasn’t ideal. I’d be interested to see if today’s modern Björns rectify this problem.
And so after what seemed like two failed attempts, I turned to my trusty Facebook baby group for advice. And I was duly rewarded by one of my friends on there sending me their Baby Connecta to try.
So far, so good! It’s easy to put on, comfy and ergonomic for both of us. Baby Lighty regularly falls asleep in it, and it even has a handy hood to keep him dry when our lovely British Summer lets us down once again! Furthermore, it has a super cute pink, blue and green giraffe design on it!
We have so far used it when nipping to the shops, at our local car bootsale and at the National Trust’s Chartwell. The latter two would’ve been nigh on impossible with the traditional buggy. Indeed, at Chartwell we even managed the woodland trail up to the World War II bomb crater – it was hard going with my little tiny person attached to me, but there’s no way the buggy would’ve made it up there, and as Mr Lighty kindly pointed out, at least it would be burning the baby fat, cheeky so-and-so!
I got some great tips today regarding head support whilst using the Connecta and made sure I was wearing it properly, too. Now the only two things I’ve got to figure out is what to do about carrying all of the baby paraphernalia when I’m also carrying Baby Lighty – Mr Lighty’s rucksack worked quite well at Chartwell, but I’m thinking that I might well need another beautiful Pink Lining bag! – and how to stop worrying about tripping whilst I’m wearing him…if anyone has the answer to this conundrum, please do let me know!!