When it comes to things you CANNOT live without after you’ve had a baby, a stretchy baby wrap is high on my list.
It gives you an opportunity to give your baby the closeness that they so desire during the fourth trimester while giving you free hands to do whatever it is that you need to do.
You can wear a stretchy baby wrap overtop of your shirt or put it on shirtless and put your nearly naked (only diapered) baby inside to maximize skin to skin. You can read all about why I recommend baby wearing your newborn in this post.
While a stretchy baby wrap is a fantastically wonderful tool in the world of motherhood it does takes some getting used to. It’s essentially a really long piece of stretchy fabric that you wrap around your body and then put your baby into. It’ll seem difficult at first, but I promise you that it will get easier the more times you use it!
I recommend the Solly Baby stretchy wrap. There are loads of colours and patterns to choose from and they’re sustainably sourced and made in the USA! You can use my affiliate link here to get yours!
How to tie a stretchy baby wrap
Remember T.I.C.K.S. once you have your baby in the carrier:
TIGHT-Is the carrier snug enough to keep your baby secure?
IN VIEW-Can you see your baby’s face?
CLOSE ENOUGH TO KISS-Can you lean down and kiss your baby’s head?
KEEP CHIN OFF CHEST– Make sure that your baby’s air passage isn’t restricted by keeping a two fingers width between their chin and chest
SUPPORTED-Your baby’s back should be supported and uncurled. Try pressing gently into their back and make sure that their position doesn’t get closer to you or uncurl once you release.