“He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart;  he gently leads those that have young.”

-Isaiah 40:11

About a month ago God led me to that verse in the bible. I was struggling and really needed to hear from God. I was feeling discouraged as a mother and had a variety of different questions and insecurities filling my head, “Am I a good Mom?” “A bad Mom?” “Do I hold my baby too much?” “Should I force him to sleep in his own room… in that crib?” “Should I let him cry it out?”

I have chosen to try to parent Caleb gently. To let him take the lead and attempt to overcome my cultural views of what baby care should be and to let him, and my instincts, be my guide. Its not always easy.. but it works for us.  And for now I feel like its the right thing for him.. and for me.

Caleb has a high need for physical closeness. And that need has led me to “baby wearing.” I have a variety of baby carriers that I use to keep him close as often as we mutually desire. The one in the photos in my newest carrier, my ring sling. Honestly, it’s probably the only one I really need but it took a few other carriers to figure that out. The benefits of baby wearing are quite extensive.

I get a lot of comments from people when I have Caleb in the carriers, especially the sling. Some of the most common comments I hear are:

“What a neat baby carrier!”

“He looks so happy/peaceful/content in there.”

“I wish they had those when my kids were babies.”

“I want someone to carry me around in one of those.”

Someday I hope to be able to educate  new moms about the benefits, and how to’s, of babywearing, as well as co-sleeping and other attachment promoting behaviors. But for now I’m just a student.. learning from my baby, from others and from the only perfect parent, God.

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