Trying out my new mei tai!
I have always thought it would be fun to "wear" my babies in slings, carriers, backpacks, etc... I tried two different carriers with Yehoshua, and neither was successful as far as long-term wear.
We had the most success with a homemade "ring sling". Yehohsua hated it when he was a newborn, but by the time he was old enough to sit up, he enjoyed being carried in it, upright, facing me, helping me do my grocery shopping. :) I got a lot of comments when I did my grocery shopping with him in the sling ;) It was nice not having my cart taken up with an infant car seat, too! :)
I used the sling when I needed to vacuum, or occasionally for very short walks. It wasn't extremely comfortable and I honestly couldn't seem to get it into a good position where I would have good use of my arms. Bending over while wearing it wasn't exactly convenient, either, and most of my activities involved bending over. Standing and doing dishes or cooking... well, it wasn't exactly easy with a chubby baby who was constantly grabbing for whatever was in my hand and trying to turn around to see what was going on. ;)
Eliyahu has been a very content, sweet little baby and I haven't really felt a need to try to have him in a carrier. However, when my friend Ruth offered me a mei tai carrier that she had made, I quickly accepted! :D
I haven't used my mei tai for very long yet, but it's definitely comfortable to wear. Eliyahu weighs about 20 pounds, but the wide, cushioned straps disperse the weight well, even better than the ultra-padded straps of some of the name-brand carriers.
I can't seem to get Eliyahu into the mei tai on my back without assistance, but I can put him facing me in front. (There are a variety of different carries one can do with a mei tai, but I have not tried most of them yet!) He seemed to like riding in it. :) I'm anxious to try more activities and positions with this carrier!
One thing I really love is how it folds up nice and small. It's just soft fabric, unlike the commercial carriers that are full of snaps, buckles, straps, etc., so it's easily washed, stored, or tucked into the diaper bag.
But truth be known, what I really REALLY love about this carrier is that it's homemade, and was a gift from a very sweet friend. There are some people who are such great examples of Godliness, and so encouraging towards holiness, and they quietly seek to bless and minister to others. I'm blessed to have a friend like that in Ruth!
Whether we're talking about being content, cloth diapering, our little boys, loving others, home birthing, or what God's been doing in our lives, Ruth's virtues shine through.
As you can see from the pictures, Yehoshua loves to help. He also loves to run off, and make me chase him down... but some days he really does cooperate! :)