Many women from all over the world have been carrying their baby’s close to them. For ages. In their arms, on their hips, on their back… When I had the chance to try a Calin Bleu sling, a woven sling, to carry Mason close to me, I could only get enthusiastic and say yes!
Calin Bleu slings were recommended to me by a good friend of mine, Floor. She’s a midwife and carried her two children in slings as well. I was always interested in carrying our newborn son in a sling, when he would be born, but I never knew where to start. It looked difficult at first and I didn’t know which brand would be good.
Calin Bleu was interested in sending me a woven wrap, so I could try it out and review it on my blog. When I received the package and the sling, it felt a bit rough still. So what I did with the sling was braiding it, just to get the sling softer. I washed it on 30 degrees as well. Floor gave me the advice to sleep on it, in bed, so the material gets softer. I was a bit scared to do so, because what if my water would break in the middle of the night all over the sling?
Close to me
Now that Mason is born, he was one month the 22nd of July, there is nothing better than to carry him! I watched some YouTube video’s about how to carry your newborn baby and Calin Bleu sent me instructions with pictures too. As well as safety instructions too! Carrying your baby is great, but you need to do it in a safe way!
The safety rules according to Calin Bleu can be found here. Shortly, this is important:
Tight (wrap the sling tight enough around your body).
In view (you have to see your baby at all times)
Close enough (the baby’s head should be close enough to kiss).
Keep chin of chest (this in order for the baby to breathe proper).
Supported back (when you press gently on the baby’s back, the baby should not uncurl or become closer to you).
Easy to remember by remembering the first letters; T.I.C.K.S.
What I find really important, is to always support the neck; use one hand or put the head inside the sling for support. This is most important with a newborn baby of course. Later on, the baby can hang more free in the sling.
The benefits (according to several studies and to my experience) of carrying a baby close to you are:
1. It’s good for the mental health of the mother and baby.
2. It’s good for the development of the baby’s brain to be close to the mother (or father) as much as possible.
3. The baby feels safe with the mother, since he or she smells the breasts, hears the heartbeat and feels warm and cosy inside the slings, like being in the mothers womb.
4. Mason doesn’t get effected by noise, people, wind, sounds or anything like that when he’s in the sling. However outside, he gets much more effected by it and starts crying much faster.
5. I have my hands free when he’s in the sling, writing this blog, he’s in the sling with me. I can go upstairs, put a wash in the machine, I can fix a breakfast, eat lunch, walk the dogs, walk with him in a shopping mall, I can do whatever I want, without waking him up and having him in my sight at all times.
6. Whenever Mason has cramps in his belly, gas, or is sleepy, I hang him close to me. Most of the times he sleeps within 5 minutes. He loves it and because of his position (head up, bottom down), the gas will go out and because of the warmth of my chest against his tummy, it’s pain relieving for his cramps. Carrying your baby is the best solution for this!
7. It’s much easier to do some groceries or go into the nature carrying him on me, than to bring the stroller. It’s quick, fast and so easy. I just bring a backpack and I’m good to go!
I have been carried by my mom and dad when I was young. My husband has been carried by his mom too. Slings have been existed for long time. It’s natural to have your child close. It’s the best feeling for me. It calms me and it calms Mason.
There are much more benefits, I’m sure, but these are the most important ones to me. I am very satisfied and I would surely recommend everyone to start carrying their newborn. Even dads! There are many slings out there, but if you want a good one, go for Calin Bleu as you can use it long time (up to 15 kg).
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Did you carry your baby in a sling? Were you carried as a child?
I’m going to take a walk now, since he’s still sleeping!