I don’t know if it’s because I’m a more experienced babywearer now, or if it’s a difference in personality and temperament, but Joseph has taken to babywearing right off the bat. Anneliese (as a newborn) needed more soothing once she was situated in the carriers (any kind), and usually only liked to be worn in loud/stimulating places. In the house was only okay if I was busy with something like cooking, but otherwise she didn’t want to be worn at home.
Joseph is one of those babies who can be nearly-instantly calmed by being put into a carrier, it seems. Here he is, just after having a little crying jag…
I wrapped him in my (made by me) cotton gauze wrap and he fell asleep very quickly. I cooked dinner with him wrapped on my chest.
Such a comfy way to snuggle with a new baby, hands-free.
I had wondered if Anneliese would have any jealousy or “weirdness” about me wearing another baby, but the truth is, I think my pregnancy helped her become more comfortable with not being worn as much. As my belly grew, I could only wear her on my back or not at all (and even on my back, it wasn’t always comfortable because I had to take her down for me to pee so often). I started carrying her for shorter amounts of time, just in my arms, and letting her walk more, like when we would go to the post office. Most stores we go to have shopping carts she can ride in, and she found them to be quite fun.
My husband wears Anneliese some when we go out or for walks, and sometimes she rides in the stroller or shopping cart. I wear Joseph 100% of the time when we’re out and about. I miss wearing Anneliese too, so I might try out some tandem-babywearing (baby on front, toddler on back) or see if The Guy would want to swap babies for a bit sometime.
But she seems to be really comfortable with me wearing Joey. She’s even brought me slings before when she thinks I should carry him in one. And now that she’s really doing more “pretend-play,” she loves wearing her baby dolls now and then in her boba mini or wrapped in a scarf like a wrap.
I just have to say that I’m thankful every day that I’m aware of babywearing… some people never wear their babies at all, and I feel like they must have to work so much harder to get through a day with small children. I wear Joseph every single day, and before he was born (before I got too big) I wore Anneliese every day. I feel like part of the key to the bond we have (and the independence and courage Anneliese usually has in social or public situations), and also partly responsible for easing the transition between family-of-3 and family-of-4.