Back when I was pregnant, I dreamt of the days of being able to wear my little baby all day long. It sounded like an absolute dream. I'm a cuddler, and the idea of keeping my baby close to me while also being able to use my hands sounded awesome. Snuggling with my baby while also being able to crochet?? Whaaaat? Yes please! Sign me up!
But money is real tight around these parts so even though I really wanted a wrap, I wasn't sure if it was going to happen. I kept asking for one whenever someone wanted to know what I still needed for when the baby arrived, but for some reason, it didn't happen. I had come to peace with the fact that maybe it wasn't something I needed, and I could do without it.
Then the sweetest angel lady ever, miss Beth from Happy Baby Wrap, reached out to me and offered me this beautiful striped wrap. It's the most lovely design, and I was so excited to use it I did a happy dance when it arrived in the mail.
Me being the nerd I am, I practiced using it with a stuffed animal. I wanted to be ready. I couldn't wait for Madison to get here and was so excited to use it with her.
Fast forward to when Madison was born. The wrap recommends baby's weight be at least 8 lbs before using, and my Madison was slightly under at 6 lbs and 7 oz. I'm a little worry wart so I figured I'd just wait a while before trying out the wrap. I was in so much pain anyway (I tore really bad and am just barely almost healed three months later) that walking around and using the wrap, didn't seem like something I was up for yet.
Then the colic set in. Madison would just scream for hours almost no matter what I did. I read that colicky babies love being in wraps, snuggled close to mom, but my little Madison just wasn't having it. I tried over and over to get her in the wrap just right, but she'd be fighting to get out just about as soon as I got her in.
I was in tears and so bummed. I so badly wanted her to love it. I knew it could make both our lives so much easier if we could just figure it out. I don't know if just some babies don't enjoy being carried like this right away, or if I was doing something wrong. I'm guessing it was a slight combination of both. Maybe I didn't try it soon enough. If I had used it when she was still just a few weeks old maybe she would have been able to get used to it easier. Or maybe I just have a super feisty baby that loves to keep me constantly guessing ha ha regardless, I was determined to get this wrap thing to work.
Everything I read online was that if your baby didn't seem to like the wrap, it probably meant you were doing something wrong. I'm a new first time mom, and I don't really have anyone to talk to about this stuff so even though everything seemed right to me, I knew it must be something I was doing that was affecting how Madison felt in the wrap.
I read many articles and watched many youtube videos and nothing really seemed to click until I stumbled across WrappingRachel's channel. She's awesome and so helpful. Her channel is full of how to baby carry videos for just about every style of carrier you can think of and how to carry newborns up to toddlers.
So on a really colicky day, when Madison was tired, refused to nap, and was fussy no matter what I tried, I decided to follow WrappingRachel's steps. I watched everything so carefully and followed each and every little step and piece of advice, loaded my sassy baby in, and immediately went for a walk.
And when I say when for a walk, I mean walked around in a small loop in my backyard so we could keep to the shade because it takes forever for Southern Utah to cool down ha ha. For once she seemed relaxed, and my little mama heart was so relieved. Even though we were basically just walking back and forth over and over, Madison was as content as could be.
I'm thinking that was part of my original problem when first trying out the wrap, I wasn't mobile enough. I can't just mosey about the house. I need to be walking with a bit of speed.
The second I start walking, Madison now calms down and takes the world in. She's a finicky little princess I tell ya ha ha we joke all the time that she's the princess from Princess and the Pea story. All conditions need to be just right for my little miss to be pleased.
Now that I figured out this baby wrap thing, I feel like my whole world has opened up. I can now successfully go grocery shopping again and easily use both my hands throughout the entire store. Madison loves being carried. I walk real fast to the back of the store because it takes her a little while to snuggle in, and at the beginning of the shopping trip she loves to look around and see everything. By the end of my shopping, she's usually asleep on my chest, as content as can be.
My Happy Baby Wrap is awesome, and I see it being more and more useful as the weather starts to cool. I love having Madison so close and having the ability to carry her while still being able to use my hands. This baby wrap is so stylish and matches with everything I own. Plus Madison looks absolutely adorable. I love it. I'm in heaven. My baby carrying dreams are finally coming true!
I am so grateful to Happy Baby Wrap for gifting me this beautiful baby carrier and especially for being so patient with me while I figured out the best way for me and my baby to use it. It's a piece that is so useful, and I see me using it more and more with not only Madison but any future siblings she may have. I feel like this is the kind of thing that gets more handy and necessary the more kids you have.
P.S. In case you were wondering, Madison's bow came from Bumbelou! Another shop that I'm obsessed with :)
Hope you're all having a lovely Monday!