I had been trying to juggle Charlie's desire to be held with things like showering, cleaning up, and getting something to eat, but there is only so much you can do with one hand. There had to be a better way.
A few months ago, we had registered for and received a Moby wrap as a gift, but returned it when we couldn't figure it out for the life of us and instead got an Infantino Back to Front carrier. We like the Infantino, but its more of an out and about carrier, not an around the house type of thing. Plus, its super hard to get Charlie in and out of - especially if he's sleeping. After seeing a video on YouTube about using a baby wrap and getting a little in person help it suddenly all made sense and I had to have one! It was exactly what we needed! Luckily, a friend of mine had one on hand that she was no longer using and lent it to me. I can't believe I was confused by this before. I guess I'm just a visual learner. I'm able to get Charlie in and out by myself, so there's no need to have someone else around to help.
I really enjoy having him so close and he really seems to enjoy being snuggled up (he's in the newborn hug hold in the pictures). It helps me cuddle with him while still being able to have my hands free to do other things. Since its just one long piece of fabric, when he gets older there are other ways to tie the wrap to continue carrying him either on the front or back. And for those of you thinking it, no - carrying him around will not spoil him. You can't spoil someone by giving them what they need! Think of all the times a parent either struggles to push a stroller through a crowded place or over rocky ground or ends up carrying a child in their arms, on their hip, or up on their shoulders...those are all perfect times to use a wrap!
So lets see, we've got breastfeeding, cloth diapering, the occasional bed sharing, and now baby wearing. Yup, I think I'm a hippie Mom. Ya know what though, I absolutely love it.