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My second child was only 1.5yo when my third child was born. When my hubby went back to work from paternity leave, I was left alone with 2 babies at home. I then realized that I had to figure out something. How will I manage 2 babies all by myself? With one wanting to play, and the other wanting to be carried was definitely a new challenge for me. I couldn’t do much work around the house either because the newborn was always crying looking for me.
To be honest, I am still so tired from my other toddler I can’t even think. That is when I jumped into my laptop to do a little research to see if there’s a solution to be found online. How can I make this work?
Babywearing! ..Hmm, it’s not like I never tried this before. My second child did not appreciate it when I used it on him and he would scream.. But now I thought, why not try it again?
I searched online to see what is the best carrier my baby would like.. My goodness, there was tons! And the cost of these items weren’t cheap either.
- Rebozo Knot Baby Sling with a Scarf
I can be so frugal at times that I went into my closet to see if I had anything I could use for practice before I go to the store and buy one. I found a large scarf of mine and I practiced to do the knot that will hold and secure my baby to my body. I practiced till I felt comfortable enough to place my baby inside the wrap.
Once comfortable enough to put my baby in the sling. I swayed and it seemed like, in seconds, I happen to look down and my baby was fast asleep. I was impressed!
I was able to put my baby down and play with my toddler and do other things around our home.
So impressed and excited that I had the urge to make different kinds of slings. I wanted to make sure that I have a clean sling available in case something spills, peed on, etc.
I borrowed my mother-in-law’s sewing machine and bought a tablecloth at Walmart to test it out. (I wish that I took more photos to do the how-tos).
2. Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC)
This wrap is 7 yards of fabric that I had purchased at Jo-ann Fabrics Store. I sewed and dyed it myself.
This carry is one of my favorites and it’s called Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC). My baby almost instantly falls asleep when I wrap him in this carry. It is what I use almost every night to rock him to sleep.
3. Ring Sling
This fabric was Linen 100% cotton that I also bought at Jo-ann Fabric Store. I also sewed and dyed it myself.
With this sling, there’s a ring added to it (instead of doing a knot). The process is just faster and it gives a different look but serves the same purpose of doing a rebozo knot in my opinion.
4. Mei Tai
I bought the Duck fabric and Batman fabric on Amazon and found the pattern online. I sewed and modified it to my liking.
My baby is about 6 months on this photo and definitely weighed more. I could no longer put him in front of me whenever I would work around our home. He was starting to get too bulky for me.
I found Ergobaby carrier that felt secure enough to place my baby on my back. So when I moved around, he would not fall.
I love babywearing!