I wear my baby.
I wear him because I miss him when he is not in my arms.
I wear him so he won't be crushed by his siblings.
I wear him when I want him to go to sleep.
I wear him when he needs to nurse and I am not at home. No one even knows I'm nursing when I do it in a carrier.
I wear him so I can push the grocery cart.
I wear him so I can get things done around the house and he can be with me and we can be together.
I wear him because every single time I put him in the bassinet, one of the older kids wakes him up in under a minute.
I wear him so I can hold Alice's hand as we walk to get Clark from preschool.
I wear him because it feels just like holding him, and I hold him because it feels right.
In a blink I will realize that he is big, too big for me to wear or hold or carry. Even if my heart wants to.
This is our time. It doesn't last long. He is fuzzy and squishy and smells like sugar.
Why would I want to put him down?
You can see in my photos - holding my babies in carriers is just like holding them in my arms. Strollers are a new thing. Women have been carrying their babies with help from a carrier forever and ever and I honestly don't know how I would go about my daily life as a mother to three small children without utilizing this natural and age-old practice.
My lovely friend Steph from Adventures In Babywearing is hosting a babywearing link-up to spread real life information about the safety of our baby carriers and how we use them, in the face of CPSC recalls. Link up your photos and/or stories over at her place and you could even win a Sakura Bloom ring-sling. Will you join us?
"Truly, it [babywearing] does not require special skill. There is no "if done properly." We are working to ensure that babies are kept safe all the time, and babies in slings are safe. They are in the safest space besides a mother's arms.
"That said, we will continue to educated [sic] the public about best practice -- correct positioning, and also keeping the baby's face visible to mother or caregiver in the first three months of life." -From the BCIA via Steph
PS. I was planning a great big THANK YOU post for your comments on my Target story, but Steph posted her call to action and I typed this up so I could participate. Thank you thank you thank you my friends for your kind and supportive comments. I almost don't feel dumb about it all anymore. (Almost.) You are wonderful.
PPS. I realize it sounds like I never ever put him down and that is kind of true but very honestly? It is mostly because of the siblings-hurting-him thing. I have worn each subsequent baby more than the last, and I'm so glad I have it as option to keep him up where the older kids can't crush him or try to pick him up or feed him raisins.