Eighteen years ago, I started my first nanny position. One of the first questions I was asked is if I had any experience baby wearing. I had to admit that I didn’t, because up until that point I had only babysat for date nights. My new boss handed me a Baby Bjorn carrier and it’s manual. I read that manual cover to cover and soaked up all the information I could find.
At the time, I had no idea how much that day would change my life. Shortly thereafter, I came to the realization that babywearing as a child care professional is a must for the following two main reasons:
- Less Crying A study by a team of pediatricians found that babies who are carried/worn cry 43% less than babies who are not. As a nanny, the first few days can be the hardest. Mom has just gone back to work, so the new baby cries more than normal. During these times, I strap on my carrier. It helps calm the baby and makes them feel safe.
- Hands Free Using a carrier gives you use of both hands. As a nanny, I may have multiple children under my care that are different ages. I may have twins, triplets, or even take part in a nanny share. Putting one of the children into a carrier gives me the opportunity to be sure the needs of all children are taken care of. I am still able to change diapers, prepare meals, clean up, give baths, etc.
Choosing a carrier can be daunting. There are many different brands to choose from, and even more styles. Some of the types of carriers include a soft structured carrier (SSC), wraps, and ring slings. As a nanny, I find ring slings the easiest to use. I am able to put it on easily, quickly, and adjust according to the child’s size. Ring slings will fit newborns all the way up to five year olds, making them a great long term investment for nannies.
Studio Tekhni is the ring sling used in all pictures. They have recently released a very affordable ring sling carrier.
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A Special thanks to The DiDomenico Family for allowing me to love, care and Babywear their baby girl the last 2 years.