When he was a newborn, he loved to be held close to me all of the time (as newborns tend to do). That was very lovely, but could be a bit awkward when going to the loo or cooking dinner. One day I decided to try a wrap and lo and behold, he was as happy as Larry. I could cook dinner hands free! I could go to the loo hands free! I could even do my hair and make up! All the while, Alfred was calm and relaxed and sometimes asleep.
As he got bigger, I started using a silk sling from Mezaya Baby, as the silk felt more supportive for bigger babies. Even now, at the age of one, I can comfortably carry him around in it.
I love how relaxed he can be while being worn and how it can make him see things at my height. It is very interactive for him and gives him the confidence to explore new things. When he is having a clingy day, because he is unwell or teething, I can pop him in and busy myself around the house still.
When looking for new wraps and slings, I have a few things that I look out for.
First and foremost, they have to be safe (when babywearing, please remember TICKS). But for me, they also have to look nice. If I am going to wear one all the time, I want it to be a part of my outfit.
In my collection, I have a couple of beautiful Mezaya Baby slings. The slings are made of silk, so are very supportive and easy to clean. They also look really pretty! The colour that I am wearing in the photos is Mint.
I will keep wearing Alfred as long as I can and will then keep the slings for, hopefully, future babies. He won't want me to hold him forever (sob), so I'm loving it while I can.
Photography by Dan Raynham