How babywearing can massively help at this time of year...
I blooming love the anticipation of Christmas. A scroll on Pinterest at the end of November, a quick Amazon order on black Friday and I feel well prepared. In reality, I find Christmas preparations fairly stressful and time consuming. We have made a massive effort in the last few years to tone it down. Get back to basics and just enjoy time with the kiddos.
But even with my best efforts to turn down the crazy, December is still a bit mental. For me, babywearing has been vital to getting it all done and staying sane. (Maybe)
So even if babywearing isn't normally something you do, or you're thinking your baby is too big or too old, read on...because this is going to be one of those parenting hacks that really helps with managing it all and still meeting baby's needs...
Even if it's not the big Christmas present shop, everywhere is busier now right? Using a sling can make life so much easier. Baby is settled. You've got hands free to pick things, you can navigate your way through busy shops/stairs/escalators etc with ease. And for toddlers, back carrying is an amazing way to stay connected in what can be an incredibly overwhelming situation. And they can't run away!
Do you have well meaning family who are desperate to hold the baby? Auntie dear who has a raging cold but insists she wants a cuddle? A sling or carrier makes quite the excellent barrier to stop that. It keeps baby calm and settled rather than passed around which can overstimulate them and lead to upset quite quickly. (obviously if your baby and you don't mind then that's cool).
3. Nap time
Routines are off whack, dinner is at a funny time, everyone is staying up later, it's noisy and crazy. Protect nap time (and stop the overtired baby problems) by getting baby off to sleep in the sling or carrier. Toddlers and preschoolers too. It can be their safe space, their place.of rest and calm amongst the hustle and bustle. No screaming meltdowns because they just need a nap! (And while we're at it, if that well meaning relative we mentioned above suggests you're making a rod for your own back, stick two pencils in your ears, pants on your head and say "bibble")***
4. Christmas carol concerts/Nativity plays etc
The letter came home the other day for Samuels carol concert, babies are very welcome but prams and buggies are not! So sling it is. And actually a baby or toddler in a sling, you can wander around at the back, keep the baby calm, see better and stop them being unhappy sitting down - win win!
5. The church service.
I love a christmas church service. It's always so busy and merry. But similar to at the carol concert, babies who want to crawl around can be tricky. Slings are great in church. Baby is usually happy, especially if there is lots of singing and standing up! Anna was actually baptised while asleep in the sling!
6. All the prep. All the jobs.
I find my time well filled in December. From remembering to stuff the advent calendar to decorating to posting cards...there is always something to do. And let's not forget turkey day itself! Guess what, baby in a sling and carry on!
7. The walks!
Anyone else love a walk on Christmas day or boxing day? Or a zoo visit on boxing Day. Wonderful. Get off the beaten track with babywearing for sure.
8. The days out.
Have you got days out planned? We are trying to have family days out instead of mucho presents. It works really nicely for us. A sling is so handy to use public transport with ease, stay connected with your baby, see things together...
9. The movies/the witching hour...
Babies, although they may enjoy the twinkling lights, they don't really care it's Christmas. The witching hour carries on, baby's still need all the normal comforts. Baby in a sling, walk around the lounge and enjoy a Christmas movie. Whats your favourite? Mine has to be the holiday.
So there you have it, how babywearing is gonna save Christmas. Or at least make it just that bit easier. 💖
come along to a sling library session and we'll happily help you find a great sling!
***if you get this reference you get 1000000 bonus points!