This week has really started to put that in perspective for us. We’re on holiday in sunny Wales, having got all geared up to take a baby on holiday for the first time ever, the car totally rammed with clothes, toys, bedding and all the baby paraphernalia you can imagine – then the big choice pushchair, pram, travel system or carrier?
I’m sure you would understand my reasoning for travelling as light as we could – we took the pushchair and the carrier. Our travel system recently been replaced by an independent car seat and he’s now too big for the pram top, just leaving the pushchair.
Now pushchairs/strollers or pretty much anything with wheels has a presence that you can’t really ignore. It creates a sizeable burden where ever you choose to venture. Often meeting challenges like steps or access into Shops & Restaurants, not necessarily welcomed either! Aisles in some shops really don’t cater for wheels, and passing through crowds of people can become a nightmare. Then, there’s the more historic ventures like castles, mines and trains all of which are either inaccessible by pushchair or cannot be taken aboard for safety reasons. I didn’t quiet fancy leaving our pushchair out in an unsecured public area.
So, In comes the carrier. The freedom it’s offered me is a refreshing insight into alternative methods of transporting our child. Ok, my almost 19lb little boy does add a minor burden to my already ample frame, and shared bodily warm can make me a little cosy. But, all in all I wouldn’t have braved Conwy Castle walls with a pushchair, or even risked carrying him in my arms as the stone tower stairways were narrow and uneven. The carrier allowed me a hands free, well balanced hold on my precious baby, I could traverse the tricky staircases with both hands free to support my balance when necessary. In cafes and restaurants the carrier doesn’t present an eyesore or an obstruction to seating. It folds and is tucked tidily away under the table.
Seriously, though when I was pregnant with my son, my opinion on babywearing was a little less enthusiastic – having carried him for 9 months, I was by no means eager to continue carrying him. It hadn’t even occurred to me to even babywear at all until I saw a friend wearing her toddler. Nowadays, I would happily carry him everywhere. I love the closeness it’s given us and it’s really quiet something when he falls asleep in such close proximity to me.
I fully admit though – I’m a complete noobie when it comes to carriers and I own the simplest one I could get my hands on, giving me only a front/rear facing options with a few clips and straps. Now, I’m looking into alternative types which allow more flexibility and variety of positions. I fully intend to wear our next baby as I expect I will be running round after a 2+ year old by then.
Feel free to share your own babywearing experiences.