Here are some of the videos I’ve been watching in preparation for Bonnie’s arrival. Earlier in pregnancy, I was pretty fixated on watching videos that could help prepare me for the process of giving birth. But now that Bonnie is almost here, I’ve transitioned to videos that will help prepare me for actually taking care of this tiny human that is about to become a part of our lives.
We’ve chosen to cloth diaper, so in addition to some of the videos in this post, I also really like this one:
This video is the guide I’ve been following for swaddling. The original video can be found on the Moms on Call website. I actually have mixed feelings about swaddling, since I’ve read that it may contribute to hip dysplasia. But since there are so many moms who swear by it, I’m going to give it a shot, if only for the first couple months of Bonnie’s life. If she doesn’t seem to take to it, then we won’t push it.
Moms on Call also has several other very helpful videos, which you can find here.
Over the course of the past 9+ months, I’ve somehow acquired THREE slings/wraps for carrying Bonnie… All courtesy of my mom! The first is very straightforward and simple. It’s the Balboa Baby Four Position Sling, and can be found here. I like it because of how easy it is to adjust, and because it is lightweight not binding.
The second is the Baby K’tan Baby Carrier, which she found at a yard sale for $5. It came with its original packaging and instructions. But even with the instructions, it seems pretty complicated, and there are about a million different ways to wear it. So this one will take some experimenting, and some trial and error. The size she got is an extra small, which doesn’t fit me well AT ALL in my current state, so I can’t really practice much with it until I shrink back down to size a bit!
The third wrap is a Moby wrap, and this might be the one I am most excited about. It is similar to the K’tan, but seems a bit simpler. A patient at my dad’s office (where my mom works) gave it to my mom to pass along to me. She raved about it. I haven’t seen my mom since the lady gave it to her, so I don’t have it yet. This means, there again, that I can’t actually practice putting it on and off. But there are some great how-to videos for this!
I can’t wait to try all three of the wraps/slings. It bothers me when I see women constantly carrying their babies in their car seats, although I understand that it may occasionally be a necessity. I also know it is really important to select the correct kind of baby wrap, and to wear it properly so that it helps maintain Baby’s proper alignment. Surely of the three I have to choose from, one will work for Bonnie and me!
Here is a really helpful site with instructions on how to position your baby in a sling. The site addresses just about any baby-wearing question you can think of! And here is a GREAT article about the impact of the way we hold and carry our babies on their longer-term development. It’s kind of lengthy, but very informative and worth the read.
And finally, I have watched this breastfeeding video several times. I HIGHLY recommend it. I’ll probably even watch it at the hospital after we have Bonnie.