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Babywearing: A Gateway Drug

By May 27, 2018Babywearing2 min read
Ubuntu Baba Baby Carriers | South Africa

The thing about babywearing, is that it’s kind of like a gateway drug to attachment parenting. You can’t help but continue to cuddle them… and then all of a sudden they’re big and it’s too late… you’re in too deep and you just can’t stop the cuddles!

This photo was taken over 2 years ago now, and although he’s too big to babywear, I still cuddle him to sleep every night.

Sometimes people ask: “But he’s almost 4 years old, when will you just say goodnight and he’ll go to bed?” I don’t think they understand that I actually like cuddling him to sleep. Like, why wouldn’t I? It takes 10 minutes and he’s out for the night, why would I fight for him to go to sleep on his own?

We spend our whole lives trying to find someone to sleep in our beds with us, but then when we have a baby for some reason there’s this mad rush to get them out? How exactly does that make sense? I say #cuddlesforeverplease ❤

Ubuntu Baba Baby Carriers | South Africa

Shannon McLaughlin

Shannon is the Founder of Ubuntu Baba baby carriers. She is passionate about helping new parents adjust to 'life with baby' through the art of babywearing and talking about the reality of motherhood in the 21st century.


  • Daleen Ehlers says:

    I love my cuddles with my lg of almost 2! Although she hardly ever allows me to wear her anymore, and she is not at all big on cuddles, we do share cuddle time in the evening after her bath. We are extremely lucky with regards to having a sleeper, but when she does wake up and cry I pick her up and for 5 mins she goes into her safe space and cuddle into my neck. She clings for dear life and I can immediately feel when it is OK to put her back down as her body relax and she lets go. But for that 5 mins she knew where the safest place was and she knows I’ll be there!

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