Baby Carriers

Before I forget, I want to try to log some information to remember if we are blessed with another Wee Cannon eventually.  Today, it’s my favorite baby carriers for the various stages.

Moby Wrap – a must for newborns

My boy wouldn’t sleep much at first but this gave me so much freedom.  Ten minutes in the Moby and he was o.u.t.  It also “reset” the little guy when he seemed to fussing for no reason.  The most common way to carry newborns in the Moby was impossible with E–he hated it.  We continued to try different ways until we found one that worked for him.  Also, it was simple to put on before leaving the house and then just pop him in it when we got the store or church.

Tips for successful carrying:

  1. Put the Moby on so the baby fits snuggly. If it feels loose, take it off and try again.
  2. Pull the support strap up high enough to provide support.
  3. Tie the knot on the side, not in the middle.

Ring Sling – 3 Months to 1 Year

I made a couple of my own and the second one I made was by far my favorite, primarily because of the fabric texture.  I used these instructions  and bought the silver aluminum medium rings from slingrings.com.  With the first sling, I used fabric way too thick and I bought large rings.  The second sling (the one shown above), I used medium rings and the seersucker fabric was thin with just a bit of give (I wouldn’t call it stretchy, though).  It was perfect for the summer and when things got tense, it was an automatic cure-all.  It is super easy to put on and doesn’t have a plethora of elaborate snaps and clips.  I still use this carrier but, not for too long.  After E hit 20 lbs, it was challenging to carry him for more than 30 minutes.

Tips for successful carrying:

  • Make sure the strap is over your shoulder and not your neck.
  • Wear the baby high, not low on your hip.
  • Find a comfortable fabric.
  • There is a bit of a learning curve so practice at home so the baby knows the drill before trying to do it in the grocery store parking lot.

Boba – 3 months and on

Typically, I prefer wraps over snaps and clasps so I tried the BabyHawk Mei Tai but, like the ring sling, when he hit about 20lbs, it wasn’t distributing his weight effectively and it was hurting my back and the waist straps were digging into my sides.  I borrowed a friend’s Ergo for a bit but it felt so unnatural, like I was just wearing E in a backpack.  I heard that the Boba was great for toddlers and it was made of softer fabric so I took a risk and bought one.  And I love it.  I actually just bought it about a month ago but wish we could’ve used it much, much earlier.  It has a little hoodie to put up when the wind is bad or when he’s napping.  It fits great on me or my hubby (as shown above), easy to put the baby (or toddler) in, and can be worn on the front or back.

Tips for successful carrying:

  • Make sure the waist strap is down around your hips so the weight is primarily distributed there.
  • There is a bit of a learning curve so practice at home so the baby knows the drill before trying to do it in the grocery store parking lot.

 

Other Info to Remember:

  1. A big coat or shawl works great as a winter coat over you and baby while he’s in the sling/wrap.
  2. Only wear baby facing out on rare occasions and for small amounts of time.  Info here.
  3. If the carrier doesn’t work one time, try again at least 3 more times.  If it doesn’t get easier, move on.
  4. Carriers can be costly: watch for sales on Amazon, follow your favorite brands on Twitter for sales/contests, and check out eBay.  I have used all my carriers more than any other baby product (other than diapers) so they are worth the extra cost.
  5. Don’t buy cheap carriers.  I bought a cheap carrier because the Boba was more than I wanted to spend.  The off-brand fabric is different, the waist strap was not comfortable, it didn’t cinch well…I could go on.  You’ll save money in the long run by trying out the one you like and buying it.  Often times, Amazon will have a free returns on their carriers so if you don’t like it after a week, you’re not stuck with it.

Do you baby wear?  Which one is your favorite?

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Community and Introversion

For quite a while now, I’ve been mulling around those two words.

I am torn between my complete aversion of large groups and my delight in spending time with a person.  I’ve wondered, “perhaps I don’t love people as I ought” when my dread of an upcoming social event haunts me or the very idea of calling someone on the phone makes my heart pound in my ears.

And while it may be true in part, I know I do love people.  And conversations.  I also love quiet spaces.  And deep thoughts.

Relish sharing thoughts and experiences, listening to the wonder and revelations of others.  Long to spend a couple hours on the backporch, learning more about someone I may have only considered an acquaintance.  Or maybe just enjoy the presence of another while we both read our own books.

The antiquated idea of going “visiting” on a Sunday afternoon is a dream.

Unfortunately, I live in the culture of Facebook and large gatherings, one that encourages amassing friends like hobbies.  And my 15-month-old son, who I often find “reading” books by himself on the living room floor, will be growing up in a society that values his salesman-ship over his contemplative nature.

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity…” 
― John Muir

It seems, though, that only in the quiet moments does Truth become real.  The haze of busy-ness lifts and we see what it is.

“The real and proper question is: why is it beautiful?” 
― Annie DillardPilgrim at Tinker Creek
 

And so, I will pursue people in small numbers–trusting that there are indeed others out there who also thrive in small numbers.  Or perhaps even an extrovert that would be willing to enliven my small, quiet space.  Investing in that person’s life and thoughts, I will love a person.  And tomorrow, I will invest in another and love that person.  I will find my community one person at a time.

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An interesting perspective on introverts:

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Surrender

I do not need to add or subtract anything, nor seek after or mull over anything.  It is for you, Lord, to regulate everything: direction, humiliations, sanctification, perfection and salvation–all are your business, Lord.  Mine is to be satisfied with your work and not to demand the choice of action or condition, but to leave everything to your good pleasure.”
 
                                                               ~Jean-Pierre de Caussade
                                                                  Bread and Wine

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Prayer

During Lent this year, I am learning more about prayer (something I seem to always be grappling with).

If you would be so kind as to allow me to pray for you during this season, leave a note in the comments or slip me an email (whitesparrows at gmail dot com)

Love Bade Me Welcome

Love bade me welcome, yet my soul drew back
     Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack
     From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning
     If I lacked anything.
“A guest,” I answered, “worthy to be here”;
     Love said, “You shall be he.”
“I, the unkind, the ungrateful?  Ah my dear,
     I cannot look on thee.”
Love took my hand, and smiling did reply,
     “Who made the eyes but I?”
“Truth, Lord, but I have marred them; let my shame
     Go where it doth deserve.”
“And know you not,” says Love, “who bore the blame?”
     “My dear, then I will serve.”
“You must sit down,” says Love, “and taste my meat.”
     So I did sit and eat.
 
                          George Herbert

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Motives

Yesterday, E and I were headed to the car after getting a new ID card. I was holding him close because the wind was blowing, like it always does. He did not understand why I was confining him and was bucking and fussing. By the time we reached the car, we were both frustrated. He got in trouble for whining and I put him in his car seat. Shutting the door, I asked something like, “Lord, help me not to think about my frustration. What can I do for You?”

And immediately, the thought crossed my mind, “Minister to E.”

I stood out in the cold, thinking about how he had just gotten in trouble: the reason was legitimate, my heart was not. I was frustrated. The motivation behind the discipline had not been to encourage a willing and obedient heart but to make him not be so frustrating. I had made it about me.

Motherhood is about laying the self down.

Life is Christ.

E is still naughty at times. And the way I deal with his rebellion is the same.

But now, I pray (even in the heat of the moment) that the Lord would give me His heart.

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Library

We’ve been too busy having adventures to post them but here’s one from today. E took his newest skill (walking) to the stacks.

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Nom

Sharing a bowl of soup at Panera. Yummy!

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