I unfortunately didn’t do much babywearing with my first baby and it was something I regretted so when I became pregnant with my second baby it was a priority for me to have a baby wrap for him from birth. The fourth trimester is a time for mom and baby to be physically close, which also enhances emotional growth and closeness. Wearing your baby as much as possible during the first three months of his or her life outside of the womb has tremendous attachment benefits. Wraps are the most womb like environment for your baby and will make them feel content and safe.
Wearing your baby has so many benefits. For me, I love being hands free while also holding my baby close. My baby likes it, too, and sometimes will only soothe when I’m carrying him. If you are a mom of multiple children like I am, being able to wear your baby while doing something else with your toddler or other children is key to multi-tasking. You can even nurse your baby while wearing him or her in a wrap! Wearing your baby even allows you to do things like hike, ride on an airplane while holding your baby, or walk around an amusement park all day without the inconvenience of a stroller. We have annual passes to places like the Zoo and Disneyland and one main reason I wanted a wrap was to wear my baby while I tend to my toddler in public places. Being able to wear my baby allows me to be hands free while going on rides, eating, and holding my daughter’s hand or pushing her in the stroller between rides. Besides the convenience, babywearing also supports breastfeeding, and there have also been studies that have shown that babies who are carried cry less and can also regulate their physiological functioning better than babies that aren’t carried.
There are so many brands you can choose from but my wrap of choice is a Solly Baby wrap. I love my Solly Baby and keep my wrap in my diaper bag at all times and take it with me wherever I go. My Solly Baby is more than a wrap, it is a way that I can be close to my baby as we make life lasting memories on all of our adventures during the first year of his life. It is so easy to use and travel with. In the last three weeks of my baby boy’s life, I have worn my wrap almost everyday and have been complimented about my wrap by friends and strangers alike. I wear my baby around the house and since I also lead a very active lifestyle going to events, church, book club, as well as my daughter’s dance class and preschool and I can easily wear him at all of these places! Plus it’s a way to protect him from germs and unwanted hands from touching or holding him. I can’t count how many times I have been asked by others what it is and where they can get one. If you want one, you can shop here http://sollybaby.com There are over 17 colors and patterns to choose from that are perfect for the little girl or boy in your life. There are many neutral colors and versatile colors for every personality and that are masculine enough for men to wear, too! I personally own the BALTIC color (blue) you can shop here http://shop.sollybaby.com/collections/fw16/products/baltic
Solly Baby wrap was founded in 2011 by Elle Rowley, an entrepreneur extraordinaire and a mom of four. In fact, we both just gave birth within a week or so of each other last month! I also love that Solly Baby wrap is based in my hometown of San Diego, even though the first Solly Baby was made in Salt Lake City after Elle’s baby Solomon was born (hence the name Solly Baby). What is even more heartwarming and important to me as a consumer and mom is that Solly Baby is a family business and Elle is a very hands on creator and owner.
The Solly Baby wraps are designed for baby’s first year of life, and or up to 25 pounds. The wraps are made in the USA and made of 100% Lenzing Modal Botanic Fibers. I love that the Solly Baby wrap is light and airy to keep baby at a cool temperature, which is beneficial all year long. Plus Solly Baby wraps are so incredibly soft against mom’s and baby’s skin – I love how it feels! And when you are ready to wash, just throw it in the washing machine with your other baby laundry. Each Solly Baby is one size fits all and you can even get FREE SHIPPING in the USA and a $10 flat fee for International Shipping. Plus, $1 of EVERY wrap purchased helps make a safe birth for a mother around the world in association with their Every Mother Counts campaign. To learn more about this non profit organization, click here http://sollybaby.com/every-mother-counts/
Each Solly Baby wrap comes with step by step booklet with instructions on how to properly tie and wrap your baby. If you need more help, there are very informative tutorials on the Solly Baby website here http://sollybaby.com/information/#tutorials There is even a tutorial on how to breastfeed your baby while he or she is in the wrap! And did you know that Solly Baby also sells swaddle sets (two included per set) and Solly Dolly’s – wraps for dolls so your mini me can twin with you around town!
Here are some tips for safe baby wearing:
- Use the T.I.C.K.S. Rule – T: Tight, I: In View at All Times, C: Close Enough to Kiss, K: Keep Chin off the Chest and S: Supported Back. Babies, especially newborns, have a real threat of suffocation, so always keep these tips in mind for the safety of your child. Follow all of the directions for the correct way to wrap your baby and how your baby should be facing.
- Do not drive with your baby wrapped
- Do not cook with your baby wrapped
- Do not drink hot liquids (coffee, tea, soup) when you are wearing your baby
- If you need to pick something up, bend at the knee and do not bend over forward. I also suggest holding your baby’s head for extra security whenever you are not sitting or standing straight.
This week I am partnering with Solly Baby wrap to give one lucky winner a wrap of their choice!!! All you have to do is enter my giveaway on Instagram @theparentologist or by clicking here https://www.instagram.com/theparentologist/?hl=en
Take a picture of your baby in your Solly Baby and tag #sollybaby and #theparentologist!