A Dad's View on Babywearing
It’s a very fun time right now as Elisey was just recently born as I got a chance to share with everyone a little over a week now. I’m partnering with BabyBjörn today to share a few of my experiences being a new father again for their #dadstories Campaign.
There isn’t anything that can fully describe what it is like when you hold your child for the first time. You realize that this little person is now a part of your life and your world is changed forever in a wonderful way. Our newest son is here, and already it seems like he has always been a part of our lives, and while I can’t say what it is like for a mother to feel that one to one connection like Olya has with him, being able to carry the baby right close to you in the baby carrier is probably the next best thing.
14 years ago when we found out that we were having our first child, we began to explore this wide world of baby products. We really knew absolutely nothing about what to expect and what was available on the market, and this was before the social media revolution, so info and advice really were quite limited. It’s crazy to think that Facebook was only in its infancy back then. On one of our excursions to the store to put our registry together we saw our first baby carrier and it was like a light bulb went off in our heads. This was something that we needed! This would be perfect. It was the very first BabyBjörn carrier, and even though at the time we would have to wait a few months before we could put Nikola into the carrier (Only outward carrying was possible back then with the carrier designs), we were very excited to be able to use it. Back then babywearing was just starting to be a “thing,” in fact I don’t even think the term really existed yet. :)
As a Dad, the baby carrier has been my way to really connect with each of our kids and now with our newest, I get to experience that newborn phase all over again. With the new Baby Carrier One, though it has been so nice that I can carry Elisey right away. I have really loved going from carrying him, and then with a few quick adjustments, I’m off to carry our two-year-old to head out to explore with her. Being able to go and engage with them in the world and to see their delight as they get to experience things close up with me, it is what makes being a dad worth it more and more each day.
Nowadays, I find myself spending time with our teenager talking about girls and college, but I will always remember and cherish the memories and especially the feeling of having a small little chubster sleeping soundly against my chest or a mischievous two-year-old tugging on my hair from behind my back.