So I think Nugget has hit her 9 month growth spurt. Now, I’m just guessing here, but the fact that she wants to eat through my shirt right after nursing tells me something. Oh, and the fact that she licks her lips constantly, her main cue that she’s hungry. She hasn’t gone through a growth spurt with such vigor since she was three weeks old. I know this because I remember vividly having such good intentions to clean the house, make dinner and all that, but couldn’t get my butt off the couch because she was so hungry. All. The. Time.
I can just imagine what The Man saw when he walked into the house from work so many months ago. It probably looked like a bomb went off. I was unshowered, probably looked deflated, had a Boppy strapped to my waist and crying. Yeah, I remember the crying. Definitely.
Anyway, it was shortly thereafter I learned about the art of babywearing. I bring this up because babywearing allows you to go places and nurse at the same time. This is something that comes in handy when Nugget goes through growth spurts. I didn’t want to put everything on hold just because she’s hungry every hour.
I had a Baby Bjorn, considered a soft structured carrier, but it was uncomfortable for both me and Nugget. I also had a wrap, but that also wasn’t my thing. In hindsight, of course, I don’t think I gave wrapping the time of day. I didn’t find it easy enough for me so it got shoved to the back of the closet. What I did find, after hours of research online (ok, just the Babywearing board on Babycenter.com), was that I was probably best suited for an RS and a (better) SSC. See what I did there? Threw some acronyms at you like I’m in the know. Which I am. Now.
RS = Ring Sling and SSC = Soft Structured Carrier
So I was most attracted to ring slings because they are almost foolproof. Slip it on over one shoulder and pull the fabric taut around baby. I say it’s almost foolproof because, as with most things baby, you can mess it up. They are delicate little creatures and there is a proper way to put Baby in an RS. Depending on their age, they can ride legs in, legs out, facing out, facing in or even on your hip. When Nugget was around 5 months old I loved wearing her facing out. She looked like a round little…well, nugget, all cozied up inside and ready to take on an adventure.
Now that she’s a little older, I find it easier to still do a tummy-to-tummy hold. She rides with legs out (but with knees above her butt so that she’s actually in a sitting position, not dangling) and facing me. The best tip I could give any mom new to babywearing with an RS is that you should be able to kiss your kiddo’s head. That’s how you’ll know s/he’s riding high enough. Plus, your back won’t hurt. Trust me, the lower your nugget is the worse your back will feel. Of course, there is one downside to the ring sling. The Man wouldn’t wear it. I guess it’s too “girly”. It also didn’t help that the one I purcahsed is a beautiful coral color. Maybe that’s what’s too girly.
Oh, and don’t be fooled. No matter what people say, any baby carrier worth a damn isn’t going to be cheap. If you’re going to be wearing your baby you’re going to want to make sure the company that makes carriers uses strong fabric and hardware (if there are any), and that the stitching keeping it all together is done appropriately. I won’t pretend to know exactly what that stitching is (there is a specific way they do it), so I relied on purchasing from highly-reviewed makers and companies. For my ring sling, I bought a Sakura Bloom. You could just purchase straight from them or go to any other reputable babywearing site, like Heavenly Hold, and look at all the other kinds of carriers available on the market.
Anyway, moving on…Nugget’s growth spurt has reminded me why I got into babywearing in the first place. I can’t just sit at home with a baby latched to me all day. I get bored. She gets bored. The Man gets bored. Not a good look for any of us. I’d much rather wear her for walks around the neighborhood knowing I can just readjust things slightly and nurse her whenever. And as long as I look like nothing is happening, no one else will know the difference. And I’m not just saying that.