babies evoke such feelings of love, that parents tend to spend a lot of
time gazing adoringly. Babywearing facilitates this perfectly! And for
those times when your newborn is evoking feelings of exhaustion and
despair (of ever getting the dishes done), well, babywearing is perfect
for those times too!
are small enough and light enough to wear constantly, always under your
eye and close to your heart, while leaving your busy hands free for
that wasn't wonderful enough, newborn babies thrive when kept close at
all times. Their little scrunched up bodies learn rhythm, balance, and
mobility from the parent they are wrapped up with. Newborns are
comforted by the constant presence of and body contact with their
caregiver, just as many a caregiver is comforted to feel the constant
heartbeat and soft breath of their newborn!
Thanks to Heidi and
Karen for sharing photos of their wonderful newborn
wraps and their beautiful babies!
Wrap Cross Carry
Heidi is wearing her two day old infant in a front
wrap cross carry.
This is not the cradle variation so the inner wrap is not folded in
half. Baby is upright and the crosses, instead of crossing between
baby's legs, are wrapped around and under baby securely so that his
legs are tucked up inside. Wrapping her baby upright instead of lying
down in the cradle allows Heidi to have her baby up very high. They are
taking advantage of the sunlight which helps avoid newborn jaundice.
Wrap Cross Carry
Heidi's baby is 5 days old in this picture, and is
nursing. This is
a cradle wrap cross carry, with the infant lying in the folded inner
wrap, and the crosses covering and supporting him.
Heidi has wrapped her 4 day old baby in a cross
carry, very similar
to the front wrap cross carry, but there is no initial wrap around
baby. Heidi has her baby lying in the cross carry cradle style,
reclining on the inner cross which Heidi has pulled around him like a
pocket (with the edge near her shoulder coming around on top of him,
and the edge near her neck under him and between their two bodies), and
the outer cross is spread over, around, and under him for support and
security. Instead of tying at her waist, Heidi has simply kept the
entire wrap job up high where she wants her baby, tucking and tying the
wrap right under him.
Heidi's baby is 6 days old in the Kangaroo Carry,
with the top rail
pulled up to provide excellent head support. Again, the newborn baby's
legs are tucked inside the pocket, instead of hanging out the bottom as
they would be for a toddler. The straps coming from Heidi's back are
simply wrapped around her waist under her baby's bottom.
Karen is wearing Oscar in the tibetan carry, where
fell asleep. Back carries are wonderful because they allow the wearer
to really get things done, while keeping baby close and contented. With
Oscar's head resting on the back of her neck, Karen will instantly know
whether he is awake or asleep or comfortable or not. Karen has tied the
tibetan with Oscar's feet inside the pocket, and the straps that
usually cross in between a baby's feet are spread out over Oscar's back
and well under his bottom so that there is fabric between Oscar and his
mommy. This ensures that he is very secure and will stay exactly put.
Heidi is carrying her 11 day old baby in the tibetan carry in a very
similar position--high enough to keep an eye on, and to allow baby to
rest his head on her neck. Heidi has tucked her son's feet in to the
pocket as well, however she has not spread the straps over his back,
merely wrapping them around her back under her baby. With her baby's
feet tucked into the pocket, and the fabric of the pocket pulled well
up under her baby's bottom and feet, and tucked between her back and
her baby, Heidi can be sure that her baby is very secure and cozy.
Heidi has the top of the pocket pulled high to support the back of her
While the tibetan is popular for a very high back
carry, Heidi has
her baby just as high in a rucksack carry. She has tied the waist
straps just under her breasts instead of at the waist, and that keeps
her baby up high. Heidi's baby is about 7 days old in both pictures.
Again, Heidi has the wrap pulled tight and high at the top so that it
provides head support. As with the other carries, Heidi has her
newborn's feet tucked up in the wrap, and the straps are tied under his
bottom. In the second picture, Heidi has the green wrap twisted tightly
as it comes over and under her shoulders. This is to keep the rails
(the top side, and bottom side of the wrap) super tight.
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