Tag: babywearing

Don’t get a wrap

Having read this article on the connection between business and the mommy wars, I’ve been thinking about how so many posts on parent blogs are geared towards getting people to BUY stuff. I’m therefore starting a little series called “Don’t get…” offering a light-hearted look at some of the things new parents perhaps don’t need quite so badly New parents are suckers for marketing. We buy into everything: hypnobirthing? Yes, of course I’ll have a completely…

How to use a ring sling

Ok, ok. You’ve got the message. Get a ring sling. Not a wrap, not a carrier, a ring sling. The one with the piece of material and the two rings. Now what? You’re at home with a strange piece of cloth and a crying baby and wondering why you just didn’t buy a stroller or baby bjorn. “I’m never listening to that Julie person ever again!” you mutter to yourself. Don’t…

Happy mama elsewhere…

Take it from me: never write a blog about how to write with a baby if you want to post anything ever again. Luckily I’ve had a few writing commitments that my love of deadlines wouldn’t let me miss despite the lack of sleep, next-to-nothings naps and general life upheavals. On The Moderate Mum I once again profess my love for the ring sling. While you’re there, have a look around,…

Four things I never thought I’d need (and now use every day)

It seems unbelievable that this time a year ago I was already 6 months pregnant and getting pretty excited about the arrival of my baby boy. A quick look at the archives makes it clear that one of my main concerns was what I did and didn’t need to buy for his arrival. I remember being so frustrated by the advice I found online. It was either exceedingly vague (your baby will…

How to write with a baby

“Newborn babies sleep up to 16 hours a day”. Which pregnant mum-to-be hasn’t read that, made a quick calculation and marvelled at the hours and hours of free time awaiting her once the baby arrives. Maybe she could write a novel? Or learn how to paint? Or bake homemade bread everyday. Little do we naive, first-time mums realize that for many of these hours we are either sleeping ourselves or actively…

Babywearing vs. Strollering

I didn’t want to get a stroller. I thought that three different babywearing options would be enough for our little family but I hadn’t taken into account the effect of a 10-kilo baby on my husband’s (already) bad back. So first we borrowed, then bought, a stroller. And I’m happy that we did. Papai and baby spending quality time together trumps any quirky parenting ideas I have.  But the stroller and I are…