I knew when I learned that I was pregnant with Baby #2, that I'd be babywearing. We did not babywear Little V because we were gifted a stroller, also I knew nothing about babywearing. Through blogging, meeting other mommies online and reading about their experiences, I was convinced to join the babywearing group in Facebook and learned a lot about this parenting genius hack. Through the group, I got exposed to babywearing's benefits, recommended carriers, how to use and where to get them.
Here are the benefits of babywearing (taken from Next9 info sheet):
- happier babies
- better communication with baby
- helps baby develop faster
- babies cry less
- best for breastfeeding
A few days after going back to our condo from my parent's house, I ordered online my first baby carrier - an SSK of SaYa. It was cheaper compared to other carriers and I find it easier to use.
The carrier I bought is a Magenta SSK from Mothering Earthlings at Php950.
|My Magenta SaYa|
SaYa Baby Carrier has 2 kinds of carriers (just heard a new one came out making it now 3) - Semi Stretch Knit (SSK) and the versatek blend.
Here's the difference:
- Saya Semi-Stretch Knit (95% cotton 5% spandex)
- Saya Versatek Blend (80% nylon 20% spandex)
Initially I was really scared of using it on my 2-week old baby so I waited for another week before we began babywearing. That gave me more time to practice using the carrier with Big Bird, my son's stuffed toy.
In the first few tries wearing Baby Z, she cried just a few seconds after placing her in it. It was only after a week that she got comfy enough in it and stopped crying. By the time we took her to her monthly checkup, she was all cozy in her carrier and slept soundly. Babywearing, mission accomplished.
Me and my kids. ❤❤ My first time to go out of the house after a month. We went out for lunch after baby's immunization. Thankfully she did not have fever as side effect. #latepost #babywearing #petitemommasworld #LittleJediV #BabyZ #newborn
The basic carrying positions using a SaYa are Duyan, Sakay, Yakap, Lakbay, Tangan. We've only used Yakap so far.
|SaYa SSK Baby Carrier in Magenta|
I wanted to get her a ring sling (RS) before but felt that the SaYa carrier was safer. However with SaYa, I had to wear the carrier properly first before I could put my baby in - and I struggled with it. With RS, I could put her in it even if she was already sleeping on my chest. Also, I needed a backup carrier - something I could use while I laundered the SaYa. So I decided to get an RS.
At Wellworth in UP Town Center, I found a Next9 ring sling worth Php1000. I liked the color (brown and gray) so much I bought it right away. It came with an instructional video.
|Next9 Ring Sling|
The Next9 ring sling can be quickly adjusted for the use of either mom or dad. Baby can use it until she's 2 years old. It also has a pocket which is convenient to place keys, lampin, and phone.
What I liked most about using an RS is that it's so easy to wear in and out the baby. During nights when Baby Z prefers to be carried until she goes to sleep, I use an RS. Once she's asleep, I can easily slid her out of the carrier and put her down.
|Different ways to carry baby using a ring sling|
This is how my typical #ootd looks like. Messy hair in a bun, burp cloth on the shoulder, babywearing, and the daster I swore I'll never wear but eventually did so because of convenience while breastfeeding. #keepingitreal #petitemommasworld #stayathomemom #mommybloggersPH #babywearing #breastfeeding #momswhoblogph
I have noticed that my baby doesn't like being in an RS if the weather is hot. The fabric of our RS is thicker than the SaYa's.
Baby Z is almost 7 kilos at 5 months and her weight is taking a toll on my legs and back. She also arches and wiggles lately that it's scary to carry her using an RS. So I got her an umbrella stroller which we use when we go to the mall and if we are with my husband. But if it's just me and the kids, I babywear using SaYa since it's easier to carry Baby Z and hold hands with Little V.
Overall, both carriers are serving us well in our babywearing journey. They also serve as great nursing covers which I really love since I don't need to bring my nursing cover. I use the RS mostly at home, and the SaYa when we go out. It has helped me put her to sleep, move around the house while carrying her, and look after my son when we're out.
Until when will I babywear? I don't know. Frankly, I can't carry her for long periods now because of her weight. There are other recommended carriers but I don't have budget for those. Unless I get an SSC for free, I'd stick with the two carriers I have until my baby outgrow them.