On the 2nd of July 2012, a new bundle of joy entered our lives at Chaos HQ.
We welcomed Elijah with open arms as he warmed our hearts with big smooshy snuggles.
It wasn’t long though before I realised that ‘open arms’ would become harder and harder whilst also wrangling 5 other little Monster Squad Members.
No matter how much time I had to dedicate to my newborn little man, I needed the use of my arms.
Not only were there 5 other little people dependent on me, I also needed to cook, clean and play and everything else involved with raising a family.
That’s how it was and I needed to find a solution. QUICK!
The solution arrived in the form of a HUG-A-BUB WRAP CARRIER.
Never heard of it?
OK, basically the Hug-a-bub is a long piece of material, that tapers off towards the ends, that you tie around your body in different ways to support your baby, leaving you with your arms free!
Awesome. Big happy smiley face 🙂
Now, to master the art of wrapping and tying it up…
After watching the ‘How To’ videos on You Tube a couple of times, I had a fair idea of what I was supposed to do with the wrap and which bits went where.
It only took a few practice goes to get the tension right and before I knew it, I had my arms back.
I could feel Elijah’s heartbeat on my chest, his breathing and his warmth. I knew he was safe and secure and I wasn’t missing out on a single snuggle.
We use it around the house, at the shops and we’ve even used it on a train trip and a day out in Melbourne! Too easy!
There are 2 main things that won me over in the decision to take up baby wearing with the Hug-a-bub, and they are:
1. It comes in various sizes, (mine is the extra-huggable) and being a wrap, allows for fluctuations in size and grows with your baby.
Finding a carrier to fit both myself and MonsterSquad Dad has always been a challenge. Many of the seat style carriers aren’t made big enough, so the wrap is perfect for us both.
2. It can be tied up in many different ways, allowing for flexibility when carrying an older child.
As Elijah grows we will learn to tie it up in different ways to let him sit where he is comfortable.
There are so many benefits to ‘wearing’ your baby, for me it’s a closeness thing and also a convenience thing.
Whatever your reasons are, I highly recommend The Hug-a-Bub Wrap.
If you’re interested in checking them out you can find them over at www.hugabub.com
This week is International Baby Wearing Week and to celebrate, head over to the Hug-a-bub Facebook page and check out all the photos proud parents have been sharing!
Write on their wall and let them know that Jac @ Common Chaos Chronicle sent you to check out those gorgeous pics!
Prepare yourself for mega-cuteness people, mega cuteness!!!
**Hug-a-Bub heard me moaning and kindly donated this wrap for me to review, which in no way altered my opinion of it any way, shape or form. These opinions are my own and I am mighty grateful to Hug-a-Bub for allowing me the use of my arms once again!**