Time savers: baby wearing

Assalaamu alaikum sisters

Alhamdulillah I have been using this time saver for a few months now and can vouch for its effectiveness!

I have often complained about my one year old Sakeenah’s presence in our homeschool environment and I find this is one of the tools I use to accomplish things, save time and keep her close to me all at the same time.

Photo Credit Alessia de Marco

If it comes to Sakeenah’s nap time which is usually right in the middle of school time I just wrap her on my back and carry on with whatever I was busy with.  She is so used to it that when I ask her if she wants to nap she comes to me and I put her on my back and she lays her head down and holds me round my waist while I secure her with her fuzzy blanket. You can use any fabric which suits you, it is winter here in South Africa, so the warm fuzzy blanket makes it extra cozy for her and she usually falls asleep in a few minutes.  Once she is asleep I lay her down and get back to what I was doing.

There are many ways which you can secure the baby and many fabrics you can use.

If you are on Pinterest there is a baby wearing board that you can browse through.

I use a verrry simple method which works well. It is very common amongst the more traditional African women and you can see it everywhere on the streets here. This site has a picture guide using a large piece of fabric like a sarong or large shayla.

If you just do a cursory search online you will find ample information on the merits of baby wearing and even though Sakeenah is 17 months masha Allah I hardly feel the weight at all.

Hope this benefits some one insha Allah

Image sources:

http://9davids.blogspot.com/2011/02/babywearing-through-ages.html

http://www.flickr.com/photos/alesdemar/5051222873/in/[email protected]

http://oliviapendergast.com

http://www.photoree.com/photos/uprated_basic/4802/3

Comments

  1. Umm Suhailah says:

    Bismillaah

    As salaamu alaikum!!!

    Love this post! Im in the process of writing a post on my store bought carrier vs homemade sling. I’m sooooo gonna check out ur links :). Inshaa’Allaah. I know it helps me to wear Abdullaah around when I’m dealing with all the girls. He likes it and goes right to sleep! Mashaa’Allaah! U and I have a lot in common Mashaa’Allaah 🙂

    • Umm Imaan says:

      Wa alaikum Salaam ukhti 🙂

      I am so pleased you found some benefit in it wal hamdulillah 🙂 I also had a store bought carrier but this felt so much more comfortable for me especially the age she is currently. Her weight is balanced on my hips, it never hurts my back at all. She’s safe and secure tied on my back with her arms and legs hugging my waist.

      Alhamdulillah ukhti you are doing so well with your kids masha Allah, I am so glad you have a method which works. Its such a peaceful way to calm them without us getting frazzled that we have to get them sleeping so we can get on with the show!

      Yes we do have lots on common masha Allah 🙂 Our girlies would have had such fun playing 🙂

  2. As salaamu ‘alaykum 🙂

    I tried using the slings but I was rubbish at them. I use a Manduca – love it to bits as it let me gallivant like mad 🙂 I do wish I could master the ring sling – it would be lovely now that summer is at its peak.

  3. Asalamualaikum sister,
    How early on can you use these slings? my baby’s 2 months old…i’d be so scared of her falling out of them or something!

  4. Assalamu alaikum
    Thank You for a really nice post!

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