There are times in mothering when you do things because you know they are best, but you aren’t sure how accepting your child is of it. Then, you question if without acceptance is it really good for your child. With an infant, sometimes enjoying something and tolerating it because there isn’t a much better choice, can look like the same thing. I’ve wondered often if my Ivy really likes being carried in our mei-tai carrier. We use the carrier everyday. She has only been in a stroller one time in her life. Strollers just aren’t practical off-grid.
Anytime she wants to be held and I have to do physical work, I put her in the pack. More recently, she has started back riding. It is convenient and allows her to be close to me when she wants to be. It makes shopping so much easier when she is tired or cranky. I’ve read that it is a soothing thing. But, I’ve always wondered if it was just a fact of life for her or something she truly enjoyed. It was Saturday that I got my answer.
Ivy will be celebrating her first birthday at the end of the month, and is becoming more and more able to express herself in a way that we all readily understand. It is so sweet to watch. Saturday, I got the mei-tai and started strapping it on my waist. John and I were going to check on one of the cabins down the creek to make sure it would be ready for our landlord’s upcoming visit. We were walking down as it was a sunny day and something to do. When Ivy saw me preparing the mei-tai she got excited. She clapped her hands and made joyful “uh-uh” sounds. She was leaning toward me from her daddy’s arms before I even had the first knot tied. It felt great to see a cute smile on her sick little face.
She really does like it! She not only likes it – she loves it. Ivy has had the croup the last 4 days and I know now that being worn is comfortable for her. Not just tolerated, but a nurturing thing. It feels good to do something right.
You can find mei-tai carriers at the following websites:
Baby Hawk – www.babyhawk.com
Two Hearts Carriers – www.two-hearts-carrier.com
Ebay – www.ebay.com