Even before I got pregnant, I said I would definitely wear my baby. It looked so cute and cuddly, and mommy always looked so composed. Orley and I decided to follow attachment parenting, and babywearing is high up on the list of do’s for this parenting style.
My first glimpse of babywearing was when my then-student JM’s mom, Abbie Yabot, walked into Gymboree wearing him in a Maya sling. When I became pregnant, Mommy Abby became my lactation consultant, and encouraged me to wear Basti when he came out.
I had trouble wearing Basti when he was a newborn. Now that he’s closing in on 2 months in age and solid as a stuffed chicken, I’m more confident handling him when I put him in and out of whatever system I’m using that day. Here’s my take on my three babywearing gadgets.
1. The Ring Sling
It took me some time to learn how to thread the ring sling right. If you don’t do it properly, it gets all tangled up and I wish you good luck trying to adjust the slack once your baby’s in there. I’m somewhat successful in wearing Basti in a ring sling, but it’s not my favorite method. The tail bothers me and being the klutz that I am, might cause me to trip on it. This is an RJelly sling that my friend Krisbau gave me. She wasn’t happy with it and never got to use it. I like that the material is light enough for our weather, but I have a feeling that if it were made with a slightly heavier cloth, it would be easier to handle.
2. The Pouch
This is a Peanutshell baby carrier that I bought from My Baby and My Sling. I chose the Peanut Shell for the reviews and friendly price. The seller was so nice. She met up with me to hand me my Peanut Shell and told me her own babywearing stories. She’s a babywearing mom and has used all the products she sells on her site. A++ seller!
I love this pouch! It’s easy to put on and the DVD gives clear instructions on how to wear using different positions. It’s cotton, and reversible and easy to stow in the baby bag. The first time I used it, Basti fell asleep in it and stayed asleep for hours. My back didn’t hurt at all!
3. The SaYa System
The SaYa is my absolute favorite among these three systems. I love that it’s made of t-shirt material, comes in great designs, and Filipino-made! Dear fellow Povedan Buding Aquino-Dee is the woman behind this carrying system.
When I first opened the package I thought I ordered a size too small. It seemed I was never going to get Basti in there! I had to Facebook Buding and she assured me that I got the right size. Once I finally figured it out, Basti was in babywearing heaven, and so was I! Look at how happy he is in there. A few minutes after I took this picture, he was fast asleep. Compared to the Peanut Shell, the SaYa is easier to peel off so I can ease out Basti from the pouch and put him in his crib. It’s a bit more challenging to wear and put on but once you’ve got that right, it’s the best pouch ever! Orley loves this pouch too, though I can’t say he’ll ever try it. :p
I’m really looking forward to wearing Basti as he grows older. I don’t want to lug a stroller around all the time! Good luck to all mommies who want to wear their babies!