How does one make dinner with a cranky 25 pound baby who wants to be picked up?
A few months ago (okay more like 7), I found the Moby wrap stopped working. I love the long stretchy fabric and it works so well for newborns and small infants. It just doesn’t hold up to 20lb monkeys.
I asked tons of other Moms what they use to carry bigger babies and so many of them said Ergo Baby carriers that I had to try. One of my kind friends let me borrow one that she never used and I fell in love. They are definitely not cheap but worth every penny. I use it almost every day for at least half an hour. I hike often for one to two hours with him on my back and no back pain. I barely feel him. My biggest complaint is we both sweat a lot but all carriers create extra heat.
The monkey on my back in this photo is one busy boy. He never stops moving when he’s awake. He’s always climbing on everything and getting into everything he shouldn’t.
A few weeks ago we went on a hike and had a picnic with friends and all the people there kept saying it was so crazy to see how content he is in his carrier. He loves it. He’s been carried in a wrap since day one.
Carrying a foster baby is so important. It creates comfort, trust and a strong bond. They need the physical closeness. Some fosters we have had in the past have literally spent their first months in a crib, playpen or stroller. Their development can be delayed by the lack of physical closeness. When we get a new baby under 2 we try to carry them much more than we did our own children. The benefits for the children are huge.
If I had to give one piece of advice for new moms, foster moms and adoptive moms of any babies under 2, it would be to wrap that baby! You can find cheaper ones at used children’s clothing stores or on buy and sell groups.