Wearing your baby …
Before Imani came along I bought two wraps and practised with a baby elephant soft toy whilst following a video tutorial of my lovely cousin and her newborn demonstrating how to use it!
When she arrived into the world it was just a little bit different then when practising with a soft toy and at first I didn’t think Imani liked being in the sling but like everything else, it was a new experience for her and after a few minutes she settled and snuggled into my chest and fell asleep! It’s super comfy, warm and adorable to see
YES I’M HANDS FREE!!! Ain’t no stopping me now!
What a god send!!
Imani has been a relaxed baby so far, she hasn’t had colic and only really cries when her nappy is changed. Other than that, she wakes, I see her lips rooting for milk and I feed her, then she’s back to the land of nod shortly after.
However she doesn’t settle down to sleep well unless I’m very close to her or she’s in my arms. Therefore the sling allows me to get a few bits done that I need two hands for as she’s not at the stage where she’ll settle by herself if I put her down for a second when she’s awake! So I’m loving the sling right now!
Getting it on (and off) took some getting used to but the more you do it the easier it gets and yes I did get frustrated with it in the beginning, I may of even threw it on the floor and stamped on it a few times but I persevered with it and we got there!
Now for stage two!
Breastfeeding in a sling! Yup, I need this skill in my life.
Breastfeeding, at this stage anyway, is just relentless. Don’t get me wrong I absolutely love it, I love feeding and bonding with Imani but being confined to one spot for the majority of the day (and night) allows very little time to do ‘chores’.
Sleep when the baby sleeps they say, but how when I need to make myself some lunch or empty the dishwasher or put on the never ending amount of laundry?
Even if I do it as quickly as I can, I guarantee the second I sit back down it’s ‘feeding time’ again !
Breastfeeding in a sling allows me to move around whilst breastfeeding, getting little bits done so that I CAN ‘sleep when the baby sleeps’ and today I did it! BOOM! Well actually it’s more accurate to say partially did it! The wrap I have gives me one free hand but that’s better than none and allows me to do some stuff at least.
Stage three is the complete hands free wrap for breastfeeding! I’m not quite ready for that yet, although every day I’ve watched the same few YouTube tutorials on how to do it! #OneStepAtATime
I’ll certainly be posting about it when I’m swanning about hands free breastfeeding like a boss!
However, I’ll be using the sling to breastfeed sparingly and only when a ‘must’ just because breastfeeding is more than just feeding your little one, it’s important bonding time and an opportunity for you to gaze at their beautiful little face watching every micro expression and funny face they pull which changes literally by the hour!
For me, these moments are absolutely precious and something you’ll share together for only a short period of time and I want to treasure and enjoy as many as I can with my little princess
If it helps other mums or mums to be here are some videos of my favourite ways to wrap:
How to wrap: https://youtu.be/ntKMS0bIg7g
Breastfeeding in a sling:
Hands free breastfeeding: