Let’s define the term: “babywearing” is using a carrier that is either structured or unstructured to wear your baby close to you instead of a car seat, stroller, or another device. There are many benefits but it takes some practice to feel confident and find what works for you and your family’s lifestyle.
There are a million options and all of the companies claim their carrier is the best but most of the time the best option is what fits your body, what the baby is comfortable in, and is feasible price-wise. In addition, more research reminds us to keep in mind the baby’s hip position, etc.
Locally in Las Vegas, there are a few options and of course, I’m here to share some tips and tricks on selecting a great carrier if you’re out of town!
Babywearing has become a common practice for mama’s in the United States over the years due to a shift in “natural” or “Montessori” based education approaches and “attachment” based parenting. Wearing your baby during daily activities has been commonplace all over the world for centuries but in our communities, it’s become a convenient option.
With mama having many other responsibilities in addition to caring for their little one, babywearing offers support when you are chasing your toddler, typing an email for work, or cooking dinner for the family at the end of the day. Or simply taking some time as a family to explore the neighborhood park – a common occurrence for Las Vegas mama’s since we have lots of sunshine year-round!
As a mama who wants to know the specifics, before I dive into a parenting practice here are some benefits of babywearing:
Kelsey Daniels is a mama of two, wife, and physical therapist who works with pregnant/postpartum mamas and babies in their homes. She loves to share information that supports parents in the early years and especially supports mama’s as they navigate self-advocacy. After their first baby, Kelsey and her husband realized they wanted to try out the desert life and moved from the Pacific Northwest to the Las Vegas valley. Kelsey and her family are always in search of adventure but also value relaxing time at home. A passion for her family, movement opportunities for all as a physical therapist, and easy beauty hacks helped shape her blog as it looks today.