Baby-wearing is a time-honored tradition in almost every culture. Although there are as many different wraps and carriers as there are cultures, one thing remains the same: wearing a baby is a great way to get things done and bond with baby at the same time.
Now, I have heard some really weird perceptions about baby-wearing. “How will they learn to walk if they’re carried around all the time?” and “aren’t you afraid they’re going to be spoiled” are on the opposite end of the spectrum from “it’s a baby, not a backpack.”
I get it. Baby-wearing isn’t for everyone. Not every baby enjoys it, and not every wrap is right for every parent. That being said, if you are interested in baby-wearing, it can be a little overwhelming at first. Since I was so sick during pregnancy, I had lots of time when I was stuck in bed and could research the best wraps and carriers for me and my baby. Between wraps and carriers, we had about five different ways to carry Critter by the time she was born. That’s not counting all the times one of our friends has wrapped her up, rebozo-style, and worn her around the house.