Baby cuddles are the cutest. The feeling of being needed 24/7 by this little vulnerable soul, that has just been thrusted into the world from their safe, warm cocoon, is just beautiful and heartwarming. And for the first two weeks when you and your husband are together in the house and can happily pass your little one back and forth and work as a tag team when it comes to eating dinner or going to the toilet, it is a joyous experience. However, the real fun and games begin when suddenly you are on your own for 10-12 hours a day and you realise you really don’t have enough hands to keep up with the baby snuggles whilst physically getting dressed and attempting to eat at least one meal a day.
Before I had Florence I had never really considered baby wearing. Maybe I was just a little naive and didn’t realise just how demanding something so small could be. Now don’t get me wrong, at no point am I saying I didn’t want to just sit around all day and soak up every precious moment and cuddle I had with my newborn, because I did and I still do every single day. But once your life slowly regains a rhythm and you realise that you do actually have to do other things than be a 24 hour cuddle and feeding machine, I was so thankful that I had the Wuti Wrap from We Made Me (£49) tucked away in her nursery, ready to be tested out. Newborns crave security and closeness so this wrap makes the transition from womb to world a lot less daunting for your little one and gives you the reassurance that they are safe, comfortable and soothed.
The Wuti Wrap is essentially a very long piece of breathable fabric which, when wrapped round you in a certain way, creates this perfectly sized pocket to pop your baby in and continue your day hands free! The wrap is super-stretchable, very long to suit all sized frames and your ever-growing baby, and ultra-breathable so no need to fear your little one will overheat. It is ideal for babies from newborn to 24 months (8-35lbs) and is available in three colours. The innovate mesh fabric is durable and breathable and can easily be washed at 40c. It also comes with a handy pouch to fold your wrap away if you are out and about, and the illustrated instructions on how to put it on are pretty straight forward and easy to follow.
The first time I tried to put this on I did find it a bit of a faff. The material is very long to begin with, before you start wrapping and crossing it around your body, and it took me a while to master the technique of getting the wrap tight or lose enough so your baby is held securely. But after two more goes I had nailed it and was able to pop it on in record time, which is essential when you have a little one letting you know they are ready to be picked up! Florence is still quite tiny at the moment so I don’t feel any aches or pressure on my back when I wear her but the ergonomically designed wrap should continue to feel comfortable and supportive for you, and your baby, as their weight increases.
Once your baby is nestled in, with the top of their head at a lovely, kissable level, the wrap feels incredibly secure and you really can go about your day to day chores without a moment’s hesitation or worry that your little one is unsafe. Due to the way it is wrapped, crossed and tied around you, there is no concern whatsoever that the wrap could become loose or unsupported. In the early days with Florence, the Wuti Wrap was a lifesaver for those moments when I just wanted to go and grab a drink or make a quick sandwich, or let her have a nap on me whilst I hung the washing out or did a spot of blogging. As Florence has grown up and my confidence has progressed, I’ve also realised how great the wrap is when you just want to pop out and don’t want the hassle of unfolding and navigating a heavy stroller around town. When it is a nice day and I just want to go and get some milk from my local shop or meet a friend for a coffee in town, it is ideal to just pop the wrap on and go. Florence much prefers the feeling of being carried rather than lying down flat in her pram so it is a win win situation for us both!
I have definitely caught the baby wearing bug and I am really looking forward to using the We Made Me Pao Papoose carrier when Florence is the right age as it looks super fun and being the little inquisitive thing she is, she will love the forward-facing position so she can see what is going on in the world.
Are you a baby wearing fan? What wrap or carrier do you use?
*this post contains samples gifted for review purposes