Pregnant or have a baby? The ONE thing I think you should buy
When you first get pregnant, you are full of joy and overwhelmed with emotion. We had been trying for more than 14 months to conceive our first and had our first fertility centre consult when we found out we were pregnant. I was so excited I could burst. Sick, yes. But that was nothing compared to my happiness.
My first pregnancy was before the rise of popular social media sites. I was on forums but they certainly aren’t the same instant support and information that Twitter (and even Facebook) now provide me. Think about what my nursery decorating would have been like it I had Pinterest then!
Naturally, you shop. We didn’t find out the gender of our first, so everything swam in yellows and greens. We bought the crib, received strollers and bedding and more for gifts.
But there is one thing that I didn’t use nearly enough with my first, and in retrospect I would have all the time (and certainly did much more with my daughter): A baby carrier.
We had gotten one at Winners to have as a ‘just in case’ thing. But I was hardly comfortable with the buckles and straps to use it as often as I did with my daughter. It wasn’t the best one, I found it uncomfortable and awkward. My husband used it far more than I did.
Fast forward 3 years to when I bought one for my daughter. I went to a shop that sells them and offers workshops – Extraordinary Baby Shoppe. I received personal service explaining the different ones, trying them on and so on. I ended up buying a Babyhawk Mei Tai carrier that frankly, I ended up worshipping.
She was a few months old when I bought it, but had I really known then what I shortly learned after, I likely would have had a few carriers/wraps.
The comfort a baby carrier offered her was perfect. The flexibility it offered me was amazing. Shopping, travelling, walking, and soothing made the investment pay for itself almost instantly.
I wore her (at a year and a half) at my sister’s wedding. I wore her when travelling Niagara (and she fell asleep in it while ON the Maid of the Mis). I wore her when entertaining. I loved it.
Piece of advice for those who are pregnant or have a new born. Buy a carrier. But go to a place that will help you find the best one (or few) for you. Try them on to see how they work with your body shape and comfort levels. But get one. You won’t be disappointed.
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