Thoughts on babywearing + solly baby wrap review

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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 🙂

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Blissful baby

Might be too early for his first cheese steak

Might be too early for his first cheese steak

 

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Dads love to wear their babies    too!

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Wimmer Ferguson and other designer baby toys

Before Max was born, I thought that baby toys essentially fell into one of two categories: toys for boys or toys for girls. In compiling my baby shower registry I discovered a whole world dedicated to baby toys. Developmental, interactive, teethers, and crib toys just to name a few. I scoured the internet for “must haves”, reading numerous mommy blogs and best selling lists, in search of what to put on my registry for baby Max. The fact that my baby shower never happened is a story for another day, but what we have here is a list of toys/baby equipment I ended up purchasing myself and (mostly) liked. I’d never heard about before, but in summary they are interactive toys that have actual research studies to back them up. The following items I bought from Amazon since they were a lot cheaper than on the actual website.

1. Crawl and discover mat: I like this more than the traditional play mats because it’s comprised of mainly three colors that babies can see: red, black and white. Now that I know how a baby’s vision develops, I’m not sure why so many play mats are in pastel colors, rendering them a lot less stimulating and interesting than this one.

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2. Infant Stim-Mobile: Same idea as the play mat, this mobile comes with various cards that you can change out once your baby starts seeing more colors. So far we’ve only used the black and white cards.
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3.3-in-1 : I probably wouldn’t buy this again because it’s kind of similar to the play mat, just smaller. It can also be attached to the side of the crib, which is what we did. So now Max is completely surrounded and has no choice but to look at something stimulating (lol).
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4. Look Look! : Seemingly simple, this book is actually awesome. While some of the images are downright terrifying to adults, babies seem fascinated by it (my baby at least). I just put him on my lap and show him the pictures, he loves it.
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Max is only two months, so of course the “interaction” with toys is limited, but these are my favorite finds so far.

 

Xoxo,

Janna