Kat – My Carrying Journey

My Carrying Journey

by Kat Stapley-Smith

-How many children do you have?

1 child, Toby, 14 months

-How long have you been carrying for?

14 months

-How old was your child when you started carrying?

A few weeks old

-What was your first carrier?

Close Caboo.

-Why did you start carrying?

He liked to be held all the time and not be put down and I needed my hands back so I could do a few things round the house!

-What did you find were the positives of carrying?

Hands free, happier baby and mummy, baby is safer, oxytocin!

-Have you found any drawbacks to carrying?

Back carrying with a Connecta is not comfy and as my little boy gets heavier, my back aches a little on longer walks

-Which of the following types of carrier have you tried?

Stretchy Wrap, Buckled Carrier, Woven Wrap, Meh Dai, Ring Sling

-Which is your favourite type of carrier and why?

Buckled as it’s so quick and easy to put on and take off.

-Which is your least favourite type of carrier and why?

I didn’t get on well with the Close Caboo as I couldn’t fit it quick enough before my little boy got upset.

-Please tell us more about your Carrying Journey

Not sure what we would have done without carrying as our little boy likes to be close to us and loves cuddles. I think he feels more secure in the carrier too. He’s never been too keen on the buggy. It’s also been a lifesaver to have your hands free to get things done round the house. I love that my husband can wear him too.

-How has Worthing Sling Library helped you on your carrying journey?

By introducing me to buckled carriers but also making me aware of all the other amazing carriers out there. I can see how buying carriers can be an addiction for some people!

-What would be your advice to anyone wanting to start baby/toddlerwearing?

Try out as many types as possible before you buy! Go to the drop in. Do not buy a baby carrier before your baby is born!

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