It's almost spring! The weather has improved over the last few days and my toddler and I have had some fun walks looking at the new flowers and blossoms that seem to have sprung up everywhere. Recently I decided to make a mei tai in a bigger size for my toddler before all my solarveil is gone. Last summer was exceptionally cool and wet so I never needed a summer mei tai. Here is my toddler trying out the mei tai and snuggling with Daddy recently when she had a cold. More information about solarveil mei tai's can be found here. The mei tai is reversible. I used a doll to model the other side (with hood rolled) - as my toddler doesn't have much patience for being a model!
I don't generally babywear while pregnant but sometimes I find it very useful. I live only a short distance from my older daughter's kindergarten so my two and a half year old finds it an easy walk and is usually happy to do so. Recently she went through a stage where she refused to let me put on her shoes and I was not willing to let her walk in her socks! She was also refusing to hold my hand when we crossed the road meaning I had to pick her up, which made it difficult to hold her sister's hand. At first I wrestled her into the stroller (which for some reason she also objected to - normally she doesn't mind as long she can get out and walk sometimes). She cried all the way to the kindergarten and back. I didn't like that so I decided to try babywearing next time she was being difficult - which wasn't long! I chose to use a wrap conversion ring sling. She didn't want to go in but calmed down quickly once she was there. I wore her for about 30 minutes and found it comfortable. Once we said goodbye to her sister she wanted down and happily walked back with me to our house. The next time I tried a mei tai with the straps tied over my bump. I normally only wear mei tai's at my waist as that's what I find most comfortable but with a baby bump that's a bit hard! With the straps tied high I felt there was too much weight on my upper body (it might work better with a smaller baby) which I didn't like - but her weight was distributed well as I didn't have any aches or pains afterwards.
My daughter has liked walking since then. She even lies down voluntarily so I can put a nappy on her (just in case) and puts her arms out for me to put on her jacket and she is happy to put on her shoes - as long as she can choose. I haven't worn her since but I think next time I will try tying the straps under my bump and see if I like that better. What have your experiences of babywearing while pregnant been? I'd love to hear your stories!
I love to sew. I have five curious and active kids who keep me busy!