(mama talk) my love for babywearing

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Boba. The opinions and text are all mine.

My first child arrived, true to his strong willed personality, a whole month early. From the moment Logan was born, he locked eyes with me and it’s like he just knew that I was his mama. I made a silent deal with him at that moment that I would love him unconditionally and boy did he put those conditions to the test. I don’t think my preterm baby was ready to be out in the world yet. He just cried and cried and cried some more for the first 3 months. Between colic, breastfeeding issues, reoccurring mastitis, having to pump around the clock, severe insomnia and postpartum depression/anxiety, I’m not quite sure how I survived those newborn days.

Some days, most days, I cried right alongside my little guy. The only time he was semi-content was when I wore him in the sleepy wrap (which is now the Boba wrap). I’d put him in the wrap and sit on an exercise ball and just bounce until it lulled him to sleep, and then I bounced some more to keep him asleep. All. Day. Long. My husband joked that I was like a mama kangaroo. Something happened when I wore him. In those rare moments of peace, I was able to soak in motherhood and truly enjoy it – even if it was just for a brief moment.

Some parents would find it difficult to bond with a baby in those conditions. I credit babywearing for helping to strengthen my bond with my baby. Now that I’m able to breastfeed my second baby, I see what a strong bond that creates and I’m sad I didn’t get to experience that with my first. In hindsight, babywearing was a close second to breastfeeding and I’m so glad that I wore him as much as I did.

As a previous social worker, who worked with children in the foster care system, I’ve seen firsthand how those first few moments in life can leave a lasting impact on a child. Those early memories are lasting ones. Even before our babies are born, we start building lifelong bonds with them. I’m grateful that I found a way to connect with my colicky baby through babywearing.

My second baby, just 2 months old, isn’t (knock on wood) colicky but she likes to be held. A LOT. My first kiddo, now 3, still requires a lot of attention and most days I feel like I’m being pulled in too many directions. I don’t know what I would do without my Boba wrap! I stick Amelia in the wrap and my hands are free to care for Logan. Babywearing continues to strengthen my bond with Logan while he adjusts to being a big brother.

I get asked all the time what my favorite baby carrier is and, hands down, the Boba wrap is by far my favorite carrier for the newborn stage. I’ve used many wraps and the Boba is the stretchiest, making it so that it snuggly holds your baby and still gives it the bounce that lulls them to sleep. Many new moms are worried about how complicated wraps looks, but I promise you that it’s really easy to learn how to do and Boba has all of these awesome instructional videos on their website. I have yet to try the Boba Carrier 3G, but the Lila is on my wish list!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Boba. The opinions and text are all mine. Comments submitted may be displayed on other websites owned by the sponsoring brand.

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Welcome to See Vanessa Craft! I’m Vanessa, an MSSW and mom of two in Arizona, and I’m happy you’re here to get inspired with me. It’s my mission in life to spread creativity through crafts, recipes, travel and more in order to live a life well lived.