1. Have a hungry or clingy baby and another child who wants to decorate cookies? Babywearing can give you snuggles and keep your hands free for helping to add the candy buttons.
2. Traveling? Babywearing can help you avoid the hassle of flying with a stroller or trying to fit one in the back of an overloaded car.
3. Don't want to play "pass the baby" as soon as you walk in the door? Babywearing can help with that too.
4. Feeling uncomfortable breastfeeding at your aunt's house but don't want to miss the annual UNO tournament? Babywearing can help you nurse discretely while leaving a hand free for that skip/reverse/Wild Card combo you've been waiting to unleash on your dad.
5. Baby not wanting to settle down to nap in a strange house? That familiar feeling of being cuddled down close can help your baby sleep peacefully so you can avoid a 4:00pm no-nap meltdown.
6. Does your child get overstimulated by all the family members in your house or the lights at the zoo or all the general chaos of the holidays? Babywearing gives your child security and closeness in the midst of change and unfamiliar surroundings and helps them participate at their own pace.
7. Worried about winter germ season? Keeping your baby close can keep well meaning family members or strangers out of her face.
8. Have a baby who doesn't want to be put down, but you want to eat Thanksgiving dinner? A nice hip carry can let you dig into the stuffing and cranberry sauce while still holding your baby.
9. Have last minute presents to make or wrap? Some folks have put their baby on their back (when age/developmentally appropriate for their carrier) and pulled out a Christmas miracle.
10. And don't forget that you can wear your baby to the movies, the putt putt course, arcades, and other venues where families might gather over the holidays. Just be aware of the decibel level as needed and consider buying baby ear protection if you'll be watching the annual family fireworks show.
There's no better time to cuddle with our children than during a season when we gather together with friends and family to remember, celebrate, and enjoy our good gifts.
A couple of notes: as wonderful as babywearing is, please use caution while cooking and/or wearing your baby around open flames. Be aware of what your baby can reach such as hot pans, candles, sparklers, etc. Never babywear while boating or participating in water sports such as paddle boarding or surfing, and remember that any activity requiring safety equipment is typically unsuitable for babywearing.
Natalie Short, VBE