Long before I knew who Dr. Sears was or what attachment parenting meant, I knew I wanted to wear my baby. It was the practical aspect of it that appealed to me- I could do things around the house without constantly running back to wherever the baby was at that moment, and I could have both hands free. This was also before I realized that getting anything done with a newborn is next to impossible. My to do lists went from: do laundry, clean bathroom, play with cat, make breakfast, feed baby, catch up on emails to: shower (maybe), do everything it takes to keep baby happy. Most days I accomplish those two tasks.
I ended up buying a Solly Baby Wrap for no reason other than I thought it looked cute. I bought it before I had Max and had planned on using it for reasons stated above. Then our world was flipped upside down when Max was born at 28 weeks and 3 days. Everything that seemed to matter before no longer mattered. It was all about the intensive care unit and sitting by his incubator as long as I could handle it. Long story short, everyone made it home safely 51 days later, but my mindset had changed drastically. Here I had a baby that should still technically be inside for another month, yet he was home, crying, laughing, eating, trying to crawl and making all sorts of preemie noises.
I put him in my wrap constantly not to get things done around the house, but to have him close to me. The doctors and nurses explained to us the importance of skin-to-skin contact and kangaroo care. It was my duty to make him feel as comfortable as humanly possible and the best way to do that was to keep him wrapped up on me. Max loves the solly baby wrap. He falls asleep as soon as I put him in there and only wakes up when I take him out. Sometimes he will open his eyes and watch the world around him in a quiet state of alertness. All in all it was a great buy and while I don’t necessarily practice all aspects of attachment parenting or swear by the Sears method, babywearing is something I’m 100% for. And having both hands free is just a bonus 🙂