Babywearing, co-sleeping, breastfeeding and washable nappies.

While looking for a third baby carrier, I thought it could be useful to write down here how we choose to raise Louisa in harmony with us.

Babywearing.
From the beginning we only bought a Maya padded ring sling at Little Possums. We then bought a second one, a Kari-me wrap style carrier. These two have been fantastic, I particularly enjoy the Kari-me. It is so nice to walk around and travel with Louisa! No buggy hassle! We went to a slingmeet in Cambridge to exchange tips and ideas. We are now looking to our third one… Beco, Ergo, Yamo, Mei Tai carrier… At the same time, we are thinking of a light buggy like the MacLaren Volo… but we are so happy of wearing Louisa that we may never need this buggy! And so we may better invest in a more comfortable carrier for heavier baby.

Co-sleeping.
While being pregnant, we read Three in a Bed: The Benefits of Sleeping with Your Baby” and have been convinced that would be the best option for us. At 8 months and a half, we are still sleeping well all together!
We bought a cot and a mattress at IKEA in case, but we even didn’t mount the cot and are thinking of selling it! We just used the mattress as a protection next to our changing table 😉 By the way, we just used an existing IKEA INGO table that we transformed into a changing table by covering it with a waterproof fabric! No extra useless cost 🙂

Breastfeeding.
For me it has been since Louisa’s day one the most enjoyable thing to do. I think we have also been successful thanks to Alan’s wonderful support. But also by carrying her and sleeping with her, I am able to really breast feed on demand and I really think it is really a wonderful thing to do on top of being the best food that I could ever give to her. I have exclusively breast fed Louisa for the first six months and we introduced slowly some other foods like bananas, puree and compotes. I am still breastfeeding for our happiness.

Washable nappies.
We got a free real nappy kit from Cambridge City Council containing a really good numbers of washable nappies to start with (terries, one-life and pre-folded). We also have waterproof wraps, fleece, fleece wipes, Nappi Nippas, nappy bucket and waterproof bags. We wash and dry them every two days and use disposable nappies when traveling. For us it works very well. Since few weeks, we are now try to catch the morning poo to have less dirty nappies. We have been quite successful so far!

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