Babywearing is DIFFICULT. If I wasn’t facing a lopsided baby:arms ratio, I would have given up weeks ago.
Fortunately for me, my arms are full of babies. Unfortunately, quitting my attempts at babywearing is a luxury I just don’t have.
First, I fought with the Moby. I couldn’t get the darn thing on tight enough. Each time I tightened the parts that wrap up and over my shoulders, the part around my waist would ride up.
I still have to wiggle and squirm and give it a few tries, but I can at least comfortably get babies into the Moby without me busting a sweat and them freaking out (more than they already are).
In fact, the Moby has become a sanity saver when one of my triplets is too fussy to sleep. Once I get them in and give them a few jiggles, BAM. Sleeping baby. Just like Eleanor is in that picture.
One of my good friends recently sent me a Hotsling to try. She never liked it, and, as of right now, I can see why. I’ve stared at the thing, slipped it on, spun it around, manhandled it, YouTubed it – you name it – and I still haven’t figured out what I’m doing wrong, why I can’t see how it works.
Finally, this morning, I got brave enough to try. I feel bad that I have to put Hungry Baby down while I prepare a bottle. Having a sling to quickly secure a baby with me while having both hands free (because let’s be honest – young babies do that flailing thing and can’t be trusted to be held with one hand or even one hand and a chin/cheek/forehead) to act as bartender.
My attempt failed.
Toby was scrunched up, his chin was resting on his chest – it was just miz.
So I’ll head back to the interwebz to see what I’m doing wrong, why I can’t figure out how to wear a baby in this product that so many love and swear by.
I don’t know. Maybe babywearing is a natural talent. Maybe you have to have a knack for it kind of like how you need to be athletic to succeed in sports. I can see why so many try and give up. I cannot see why so many try and end up with 40 different babywearing accessories.
I’m determined to keep trying to work with what I have. I just don’t have the time or money to constantly buy/try different products. I have a Moby, now I have a Hotsling, and I have an Ergo for when they’re bigger (but not the infant insert. Sigh.)
It’s a good thing I’m stubborn enough to keep trying. It’s a good thing I’m soft enough to want to cuddle my trio as much as I can, even when I need to be doing other tasks.
These things really need support groups and in-home demonstrations. Someone get on making that happen, OK?