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Published: Wed, January 04, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

Babasling | Sophie is ...

Babasling | Sophie is ...

Alongside breastfeeding, I think the most significant choice I've made as a mother is to wear my baby. A lot. I am not sure how I would have achieved otherwise.

One of the first books I I would like to read some of the advice I would have made if I scared myself silly on internet forums, was 'The Baby Book' by William and Martha Sears. I had a hunch that I might be leaning towards an attachment parenting approach - not something I'd really considered before Arthur was born - and reading this book seemed to help everything fall into place.

Of course in the I did not have much choice but to be attached to my baby. Our struggles to get breastfeeding established meant spending an awful lot of time snuggled up in bed, and even when Arthur was not feeding I found I rarely wanted to put him down. We had bought a Babasling before he was born, but I used it for our first family. When Arthur was only a few days old, neither of us really got comfortable with it.

figured I'd probably try again when I was a bit bigger, and consigned myself to spending my days stuck on the sofa. The turning point came when I had a visit from a neighbor. She'd just come across to check up on me really - make sure I was not struggling on my own. I remember saying that I was fine, that I was loving being a mum, but I just could not imagine how I would ever get anything done when I was permanently attached to Arthur on the sofa. And she asked whether I'd tried wearing him.

By the time Leigh got home that evening I'd already been wearing Arthur for a few hours and was loving my new found freedom! It's safe to say we never looked back.

At home, I wore Arthur to settle him and to reduce the wind he suffered after feeds. It soon became apparent that it was the best place for him to nap, too, leaving me free to get on with things round the house. It was soon after my babywearing revelation that I got started on my first novel. With Arthur safely strapped to me I did not need to worry about him - we were physically attached, so a little while at least I could allow my mind to wander elsewhere. Leigh got in on the game too: it was a lovely way for them to develop their bond, even when they had work to do.

It also gave us the freedom to get out and about. Our local terrain is not best suited to prams, but wearing Arthur meant we could go for walks on the beaches and up to Berry Head - even just going into town was easier without needing to negotiate a pram up steps and round cafes. >

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The first big test came when we took a trip to see my brother in Paris when Arthur was three months old. We were traveling by Eurostar, and as well as the usual sightseeing we would be taking Arthur to his first gig. We decided that babywearing was the way to go, and it made everything so easy.

As summer approached we were looking forward to lots more adventures, but it became clear that Moby might no longer be up to the Job Arthur was growing fast, and I found his weight made the stretchy wrap sag after I had been wearing him for a while. It was time to find a new solution, and the best solution we could find was the ERGObaby. Leigh tried it out first, and both him and Arthur loved it.

But despite the convenience of the Ergo, I was longing for something a bit - well, prettier. Arthur and his carrier had become my most commonly worn accessory, and I was getting a bit bored of sensible khaki. I thought about dabbling with woven wraps, lusted after some online in beautiful fabrics, but after the ease of the buckles it seemed like such a hassle. And then I came across the Connecta.

We were actually asked to do some modeling shots for them through a friend and were given a couple of carriers in return. The Connecta shared the ease of the Ergo with its simple straps and buckles, and was just as comfy if not more So despite using much less padding. I find now that Arthur's getting heavier by the day that the Connecta holds him high and close really helps protect my back - I can wear him for hours at a time without so much as a twinge. The Connecta is really easy to breastfeed in, which is definitely a bonus. And, even better, the Connecta is available in a huge array of fabrics!

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