Babywearing in India — Getting Started

What’s the first thing you hear when you give birth? Your baby’s first cry…. Aah, the sweetest sound that you’ll ever hear!

What’s the only thing you hear over the next few days, weeks… baby’s ‘constant’ crying, uh-huh, correction, the sweetest sound is now a ‘wailing’! No, it is not because your baby is clingy, and it most definitely is not because ‘your milk is not enough’!!

Your baby rightfully is crying for you, for you to hold him, comfort him, keep him safe like you have all these past 9 months. While it’s an aww moment the first few times, it really does tend to break your arms after some time. It did for the first 2.5 months for me.

And then I discovered Baby-wearing (no it is not a fashion term!). I was trolling Facebook when I followed a friend into a Baby-wearing page and thought of giving it a shot. We haven’t looked back since and LO is now 15 months old.

What is Baby-wearing? 

According to Wikipedia, it is the practice of wearing or carrying your baby in a sling or in another form of carrier. In short, it is keeping your baby close helping him transition to a life outside the womb.

Why should I wear my baby?

Contrary to popular belief that the womb was the quiet environment that a baby has been used to, a womb is probably the noisiest place, what with the constant motion in the amniotic fluid, moms beating heart, stomach churning, etc., which is why when baby-wearing, the baby quietens soon as you start walking. The motion helps calm him.

Research shows that keeping your baby close is crucial to his health and development. Such infants produce more immunoglobin protecting them against respiratory infections. The constant touch also improves intellectual and motor development immediately. The benefits are many! The image below drives home the essence of keeping your baby close.


How should I wear my baby?

There are various ways to wear your baby. While Google can easily assist in finding brands, it is not essential to spend a bomb on a carrier. A sari or even a dupatta can double up as a carrier.

There are a few safety rules that one has to be absolutely thorough about, irrespective of the carrier that you choose.



Image Courtesy: schoolofbabywearing

Carrier Categories:

Ergonomic carriers are the way to go. Sounds scientific? Well, it is. A carrier is designed not just to carry your baby, it does also help in baby’s development- physical included. The way your baby’s hip is positioned in the carrier will help or harm the hip development. Perfecting the M position is as important a part of baby-wearing as is TICKS.


Okay, now that the research is out of the way, we can greedily discuss the various types of carriers and what they do and how:


When should I baby-wear?

What started off as a necessity for me almost a year back, is now something I am passionate about. Especially since I’ve seen up close how it transformed my clingy, cranky, always ‘hungry’ infant into a confident, independent, creative, intelligent and social toddler.

I highly recommend wearing your baby soon as you hear, read or see about it. And do not be surprised if you bump into me giving someone a download of it in a mall… I really do feel strongly about it. Whether am in the kitchen, traveling (plane, train, anything), even window shopping and the most when the baby has been under the weather, baby-wearing has come to the rescue time and again.

Until what age can I wear my baby?

It does not stop when the baby starts walking. Most carriers allow for a 15-18 kg weight limit and will also allow you to carry a child of up-to 4 years of age.


Why do I recommend baby-wearing?

Baby-wearing has opened up a whole new world for me. Keeps my baby close AND keeps me hands free. It has helped us in soooo many ways including traveling without any hassles.

I do hope you are able to enjoy and explore baby-wearing as much as we have been. The pic below is of the first time ever that I wore my baby. You can see how peaceful we both look.



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Preparing for the Baby ~ Quick Tips

Ouch! A thud on my abdomen woke me from my deep sleep in the middle of the night. With my half open eyes, I glanced towards the table clock and it read 3:00. I noticed a cute little baby on my lap with his tiny palm clasping my night dress.


Gosh! One kick took me back 6 months reminding me of his kicks and punches inside the tummy while I was pregnant. Oh my god! I was a mother and just few months back, I was carrying my little one not knowing how he would look, how he would crave for me, how he would giggle.

After the First five months of giddiness and puking, here I was busy shopping for my soon-to-be-born baby. Trust me, I was enjoying every second of it. But, because I didn’t know the gender of the baby, everything I was buying was of neutral shade or unisex be it rompers or a bedding set.

TIP: If you don’t know whether you are having a boy or a girl, the safest colours are white, and any colour other than blue, pink or black. But, trust me and am sure you all would agree with me, babies look cute nevertheless.

Wondering if it is a Baby Boy or girl?

With the new arrival on the way, I got the freedom to go on a shopping spree. At one instance, my hubby thought I would buy the entire Liverpool city center for I would return home after spending 6-8 hours roaming around. But my hubby did appreciate my smart buying. I would visit city centre searching for sale in good stores. This way we got some really good dresses of good quality at a bargain.

TIP: Plan in advance and look for bargains on dresses and especially nappies. Babies use nappies at the speed of light. They drink, poo, drink, wee, drink poo and the cycle goes on. Hence, stocking nappies is never a bad idea.

Also, buy very few dresses for the age group of 0-3 months because babies grow like hulk. Blink of an eye and the first few dresses would fail to fit. Try to go for 3-9 months, if you ask me.

Next on the list was getting the hospital bag ready. Finally my hubby started understanding the fact that you cannot do things at the last minute. Hence, 2 months before delivery, we started to pack our bags. With our little one busy punching me like a punching bag, I thought he was eager to pop out as quickly as possible. He was so wildly active inside the tummy, that if few minutes passed by without any movement, we would get worried and go to the hospital to get things checked.

TIP: We used the NHS site to get the list of items to pack and it proved to be really handy.

So now we were done preparing for the hospital, after delivery care and future. But, the most important preparation was yet to be done.

Yes, preparing for delivering my little one. I was scared to death. How am I going to deliver a 3 pound baby out of my tiny body. Will it be painful? Should I go for a normal delivery or a C-section. I spent hours and hours Googling and it would confuse me more than lessening my apprehension.

Hence, I resorted to watching videos of couples who had shared their experience of delivering a baby normally. Finally, I decided to go for a normal delivery.

But, despite our well laid plans, I ended up having multiple tears and stuck to bed for 2 months.

But, now when I look at my dear son, I ask myself; was it worth it? Well, hell YES!

I was a mother to a little boy for whom I hope I’ll always be the First Valentine.

Anmol Wrap Baby Carrier Review

A lot has happened since I last blogged. An on-going roller coaster of emotions, falling ill and recovering, a family holiday and an increased writing commitments. I’m so glad that I’m finally back to work and super excited to share a bunch of lovely products that I have been using. So stay tuned all you mommies and daddies, loads of reviews are coming your way! 🙂


I clearly remember when I had my first daughter, the Big Thing, the ONLY baby carriers I knew about were the few I could find at major retailers in and around the city. And I was introduced to slings and wraps for babies and toddlers when we had our second, the Little Thing. She was about 8 months old when I wore her in a ‘sling’ for the first time. And I was more than overwhelmed when I  finally got my first ‘wrap’ when she was about 12 months old. WOW, what a difference! I was immediately sold on wrapping up my baby!

So for those of you who don’t know what a wrap’s basically a long, very long piece of cloth mostly made out of stretchy soft fabric that is to be “wrapped” around you and the baby sits in the loop that you create while wrapping. If you don’t understand what I mean then don’t worry I will do a separate post on types and styles of baby carriers for you and how you can choose them.


This lovely wrap is named ‘Anmol’ which means ‘precious’. It came in a beautiful pouch with the brand logo switched in the center. The first thing I noticed was the super super soft material of the wrap. I could only say WWOWW! And I realized right away how amazing it would be to have a newborn wrapped up around me. And I have decided to use this wrap right from birth whenever we have our next baby 😉

However wearing a baby in a wrap for the first time may be intimidating for many mums and so it was for me but thanks to Rashmee, the founder of Anmol Wrap for being patient enough and sharing the videos that demonstrated various techniques, that’s where I learnt load of styles and tips of wrapping. And in no time I started feeling super comfy in it and now wrapping up the baby is actually the ‘most’ fun part! Yayy! 🙂


Now let’s talk fabric. The one used to make this wrap is extremely soft and organic, made out of 100% organic cotton! And it came in this pretty flowery print named ‘Blooms’ if I can recollect correctly. 🙂

This print just suits us perfectly given that we have two lovely girls. And flowers is such a girly thing. Thanks Anmol Wrap!


(Please note that the baby isn’t in the deep M-position in the above picture. I later adjusted it to make her more comfortable and ergonomic).

This wrap can be used right from birth and up until your baby is around the walking age. One thing that I particularly like about this wrap is it doesn’t have clips, fasteners or buckles of any sorts. It’s just one long long piece of super soft fabric which your baby will love being snuggled it. Do whatever and whichever way you like it! Awesome isn’t it? 🙂


I’m linking a video channel that I have recently discovered and fallen in love with it. It’s WrapYouInLove so if you are like me and wouldn’t mind experimenting with your style of baby wearing then do check it out. And I promise you will only love your wrap more! 🙂

My Rating:  4.5/5

And for you to stay updated with all the latest happenings at Anmol Wrap, don’t forget to check out Anmol Wrap on Facebook.

So what more are you waiting for?? Grab your favorite wrap and let us know how you like it?? And in case you have any questions related to Anmol Wrap, you can always feel free to join their closed Facebook group.

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**We were sent Anmol Wrap for the purpose of a fair and honest review. All the opinions and images are my own.