“Grow, my little catbird.”
When you first become a parent you have this vision on how you will raise the baby, what they will eat, where they will sleep and possibly babywearing has crossed your mind. I wish I would have thought more about putting my first child in the catbird seat.
Unfamiliar with the term “sitting in the catbird seat”? So was I, but once I became familiar with it I could see the connections to babywearing. Putting your baby in the carrier you immediately give them the advantage over children who are on the ground or in strollers. Now they can see at the same level as you, they are closer to you and they are connected with you. And they are visible and kissable at all times.
With my first child I had moments of babywearing pass through my thoughts, but when he arrived at 9lbs 6oz I figured that he would start getting too heavy and uncomfortable for me in a carrier so I brushed it off. Well this time with my second child, who weighed even more at birth, I’m giving babywearing a go.
The first two weeks of Kyler’s life was mainly spent sleeping on my arms or resting on my chest. Every time someone asked if I wanted him moved I would just whisper ‘no’. There is nothing like the closeness of your child, being able to smell their hair, hear their breath is magical. I want to continue that bond we are establishing and I’m choosing to do that through babywearing.
I am excited to see the difference if any between wearing my second. He is currently quite the vocalizer so hopefully this closeness will allow him to be more calm and in turn allow me to be calm as well.
Have you ever tried or wanted to try babywearing?
My baby wearing experience is sponsored by Catbird Baby. I was provided two carriers in exchange for my opinions.
I was laying next to my sleeping baby boy today and, as I often do, I was thinking how perfect his little face was. Overflowing with love, I thought of all of the hopes and dreams I have for him just as all mothers have for their babies. We try so hard to give them the best of everything to the best of our ability.
When I first had my daughter almost 5 years ago, babywearing appealed to me purely from a practical standpoint. When I was pregnant, the idea of a big bulky stroller and the equally bulky bucket infant car seats did not appeal to me as a way to carry my child, yet I knew I wouldn’t be able to always carry my baby in arms either. But what started out as a practical means to carry my child became so much more.
Babywearing puts my baby right in the catbird seat. The term means “advantageous” or “an enviable position”. The catbird (so named because of it’s ability to mimic a cat’s meow) perch themselves on the highest branches. This reminds me of the difference between being down low to the ground like a baby in a stroller or car seat is versus being up high while being held or worn in a baby carrier. Up high is where all the action is so my child can be part of what everyone else is. He can see all of the faces and watch, and I can show him the world. He truly is “sitting pretty,” another definition of being in the catbird seat.
The benefits of babywearing are many, and Catbird Baby has 2 perfect carriers for giving your baby that special edge. The bonding and cuddles are priceless for the wearer, too and the caregiver also reaps many benefits as well. I love that the Catbird Baby Pikkolo and Mei Tai can both be worn from newborn. I loved wearing my snuggly newborn! With both of these carriers there is no fussing with inserts which makes it is so wonderfully easy. Of course, only children, like my sweet 18 month old son, fit in them great as well. Win-win!
Help your baby see the world from the awesome vantage point babywearing gives them and keep dreaming big dreams for them, too!