There are certain things a parent can do to help increase the bond that they have with their kids. One of them is to clothe their toddlers properly with appropriate baby clothes and the other would be to buy a baby wrap.
“Wearing your baby” with a baby wrap actually has a lot of potential benefits, including the ability to reduce crying, makes breastfeeding a whole lot easier, and most importantly, it helps mothers to bond with their kids more effectively than just holding them on your arms.
Plus, it provides this relief that you can do different things without having to hold your baby on your arms for extended periods of time. In short, you want to buy a baby wrap to have all of these benefits.
In this article, I will talk about the things that you need to consider when buying and wearing a baby wrap.
1. Conduct Your Own Research
There are baby wraps for all baby shapes and sizes. Before you buy one, I highly recommend that you go to the store and try one out for yourself.
Create a shortlist of the baby wraps that you think are okay with you (and your baby) and then go home and read up on some reviews about them.
Play close attention to the durability, the materials used, and look for more positive reviews. The more positive reviews a product has, the better.
Also, you want to look at the total weight capacity that it can support.
2. The Size Does Matter
If you look for a baby wrap, the sizes don’t actually mean the size of your baby, but it actually means how long it is. There is no one size fits all approach to this and you just have to go to the store and try one out for yourself. Ideally, you want to bring your baby with you so that you can try it with them on it.
3. Find the Right Position
Just like your clothes and food, everyone has preferences. That is why it is important that you try the baby wrap as much as possible, especially when it comes to the positions you want to put your baby in.
There are many potential positions that you can try. You may want to put them in a more upright position, you may want to put them in a cradle carry that is a little bit reclined (but not entirely horizontal), or you can even do a hip carry that puts your baby in a more horizontal position (should only be done on older babies that already have the ability to control their necks on their own).
Find the right fit and also find the right one that will help you put your baby in a certain orientation that you like the most.
4. Try to Reposition After Feeding
When breastfeeding your baby, it is important to put them face-up so that they will pass gas. When doing this, make sure that the wrap doesn’t cover their face to avoid suffocation.
5. Use It Based on the Weather
If it is winter time, you can use a coat that is a size bigger than what you usually wear to accommodate the baby with the wrap on you.
6. Always Watch Yourself
When you are using a baby wrap, your center of gravity changes. Doing things like walking on slippery surfaces or bending your knees could potentially move you forward. Watch yourself at all times when you are wearing your baby using a wrap.