I accumulated most of my baby slings, wraps and carriers after my daughter was three or four months old, so the past few months have been my first adventure wearing a newborn in a variety of carriers. As many of you may recall I slipped a disc in my back last month and have had some back issues on occasion over the past four or five years, so I need to be especially picky about what carriers I wear for what occasions.
It is called Heart2Heart, because the insert still allows baby’s tummy to be against yours, but it cocoon’s baby to properly support their spine and elevate them in the carrier so they don’t get swallowed. They literally look like they’re in a cocoon when you set them in the Heart2Heart and then you place your little bundle inside the carrier. You can see us in the blustering cold in the parking lot of the hospital on our way to his 2 week appointment (I still have my preggo cheeks, lol) and I also loved that it kept him bundled up and warm in the freezing January weather.
I tried wearing him without the insert this past week when we went to grab some groceries to tie us over until I made my Commissary run this week and he seems large and sturdy enough to be OK without it now. I think I may still use the insert from time to time this month until the weather warms up a bit since it does keep him nice and warm as well as keep him stable and properly aligned. If you notice (see picture, left) he has “froggy legs” which is more comfortable for a young infant and it also keeps him higher up in the carrier so he doesn’t get swallowed.