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Confessions of a Short-Lived Babywearer

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

baby-wearingFrom pole-dancing moms on YouTube to hardcore fans in Central Iowa to pram-ditching parents in the UK flocking to so-called “sling libraries,” the message is clear: Babywearing is back. Big time.

And for a while, I was one of the baby-toting faithful. In fact, I was perhaps one of its most enthusiastic supporters. After all, the perks were just too great to ignore: Studies have found that kiddos in carriers and slings cry less. Snuggling thisclose gives you two a perfect chance to bond, plus it frees up both of your hands. It’s a godsend for babies with reflux. And it could even help prevent flat head syndrome.

What’s not to love?

Turns out, plenty.

The first time I slipped my son into the carrier, I was expecting to feel a swell of confidence, of closeness. Instead, I was seized with fear. That all the straps and buckles my husband carefully secured would loosen and down would tumble our brand-new baby. That he was slowly overheating while I absentmindedly roamed the aisles of Whole Foods. That he was suffocating in there.

So I did what any neurotic normal mom would do: I constantly cradled his bum with my hands while we walked, lest he started to fall. I took to walking on shaded side of the street to keep his body temperature in check. I stopped every block or so to make sure he could still breathe.

When I was wasn’t grappling with a host of unlikely what-ifs, I was tussling with a bunch of complicated straps and inserts that reminded me of the frustrating summer I tried to crack the Rubik’s Cube. The looping and tying and buckling seemed simple enough on the instructional videos I watched, but it was as elusive to me as lining up a perfect square of same-colored stickers. Even the snap-and-click model I bought as a backup was too tricky for my sleep-addled brain.

But what finally ended my brief, well-intentioned babywearing stint wasn’t anxiety or logistics—it was my back (and my shoulders and my neck). I was blessed with a healthy-sized boy who only packed on the pounds from birth. By the time I built up the energy to try a carrier, he was a solid 12 pounds, which after an hour of walking around felt more like 120 pounds. At night, I’d ice down my sore muscles and make empty promises to myself to start exercising again. Just as soon as the kid started walking. Of course, I wouldn’t have to wait that long. After three long months, I threw in the babywearing towel, gave myself a pat on the (aching) back, and reached for the stroller. And I’ve never looked back.

Now it’s your turn: Is there something about motherhood that hasn’t gone as you expected?

Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow is a New York City-based writer and editor who traded in her Blackberry and Metro card for playdates and PB&J sandwiches—and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch her feisty, funny son grow up. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+

Parenting Style: Attachment Parenting
Parenting Style: Attachment Parenting
Parenting Style: Attachment Parenting

Image of baby in carrier courtesy of Shutterstock

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Are Parents Going Too Far With ‘Infant Cocooning’?

Friday, August 8th, 2014

infant-cocooningThere are some things no new parent wants to be without when baby arrives. (See: lots of diapers, a mountain of wipes, and some onesies.) But for some moms- and dads-to-be, that must-have list now includes vaccinations — not just for themselves, but for anyone who will come in contact with baby.

The trend, called “infant cocooning,” may sound like the stuff of extreme parents, but down-to-earth, normal couples are also making sure Grandma is up to date on her diphtheria, influenza and pertussis shots before she can hold the baby, reports CBS’ New York affiliate. And this is music to the ears of the experts at the American Academy of Pediatrics, who recommend the practice because it help prevent infants from being exposed to infectious diseases.

Among the potpourri of vaccinations out there, the AAP recommends people get vaccinated against pertussis, or whooping cough. That’s because the respiratory tract infection is on the rise in the United States, and most babies have to wait until they’re 2 months old before receiving the vaccination, CBS reports. Plus, “a baby under 6 months of age is more likely to be hospitalized or die from whooping cough infection as opposed to a 2-year-old or 12-year-old who gets ill and has a bad cough,” says pediatrician (and Parents advisor) Dr. Ari Brown.

While some people think asking family, friends, and caregivers to undergo a round of shots before meeting baby is overkill, I’m siding with the experts on this one. After I brought home my newborn son, I stationed vats of hand sanitizer all around my home and nudged visitors toward them the second they took off their coats. And yes, my husband and I also asked our families to make sure they were up to date on their vaccinations before they came over to meet our son. We had no idea it was called “infant cocooning,” though — to us, it was just plain common sense.

Tell us: Would you ask your family, friends and caregivers to get vaccinated before they’re allowed to hold your newborn?

The Vaccine Schedule
The Vaccine Schedule
The Vaccine Schedule

Should you worry about baby’s sniffles? Consult our Baby Symptom Checker to see if a call to the pediatrician is in order. And be sure to like All About Babies on Facebook to keep up with the latest baby news!

Image of vaccination courtesy of Shutterstock 

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The Latest Baby-Related Fad: Baby Eyebrows?

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Move over, mustaches! It seems the latest craze for decking out your baby is drawing (or pasting) on crazy eyebrows. Parents use eye pencils to draw some sinister or silly eyebrows (and sometimes even a curly mustache or a pair of glasses, too, to round out the look), then post their favorite shots on Instagram.

Yeah, it’s a little ridiculous, but pretty soon your kiddos won’t stay still enough for you to do silly things like this—or they’ll roll their eyes when you try. So enjoy it while you can!

A few tips for the very best eyebrow creation: Don’t follow those wispy brows your baby’s currently sprouting. You need to make it funky, dramatic and really, really fake for maximum impact. And draw on your eyebrows and other accessories using an eyeliner or eyebrow pencil. No Sharpies, as getting that off could damage your baby’s delicate skin. And if you’ve decided to skip the sketching and paste on a furry mustache or unibrow, watch your baby closely—you don’t want that ending up in her mouth.

Here’s a few of our favorites, but you can find even more here. And if you’ve followed the trend, share yours with us! And if you want to keep up with the latest in baby news and trends, like All About Babies on Facebook.




Images, from top: By Amber, Nicole Grimshaw, and Stacy Hernandez, from Instagram

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