This week is International Babywearing Week, and I'm honored to host this babywearing guest post from my very own partner in parenting and life: Jaymz.
Jaymz has always been an (at least) equal babywearer in our family, and he's successfully completed more bedtimes (while wearing and bouncing Daniel) than either of us could count. He's always been confident to wear our kiddo anytime—even when the only carrier we remembered to throw in the car is one covered in flowers. I really appreciate him putting a voice here to his experience as a babywearing dad of a kid with some extra-special needs.
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It's much more than just convenience for Daniel and me, however. Our acutely-loved Ergobaby carrier is a huge part of our relationship and connection. This was especially true when he was smaller because I wore him on my body all the time. Daniel's sensory difficulties often explode him into a state of hyper-high energy which has the unfortunate effect of causing his entire world to become overstimulating and excruciating. As an infant, he cried for hours on end every single day. When I wear Daniel in a baby carrier, he is able to let all of the tense energy and intense emotion within his body melt away. He actually chills out, which is a polite suggestion Amy often offers to Daniel throughout their days together. Whenever it actually happens, it's a true blessing to all three of us in this family.
Until very recently, I put Daniel to sleep every night by wearing him in the Ergo and bouncing on a yoga ball until he passed out. At that point, I would gently unhook the carrier and transfer him into bed. Amy has had more luck with rocking him on a chair swaddled in a blanket, but the carrier and the bouncy ball was really the only reliable way that I could get him to go to sleep. This is probably the main reason that I consider the Ergo a huge part of my connection with Daniel. He feels safe against my body, and that's a direct result of our frequently-used, beloved parenting tool.
Jaymz is a software engineer by day and attached papa by night. He strives to be a patient parent who practices empathy and understanding with this son Daniel. Jaymz believes that humans are human, no matter how old.
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