If you’re homeschooling with an infant, you know how difficult it can be to get anything done. The baby is crying when the kids are struggling with a lesson, desperately wanting to be held; your kids are at their loudest just when you think you’ve finally convinced the baby to go down for a nap; and forget the idea of even a bit of peace and quiet for a sleep-deprived new mom who would give just about anything to go in her room, shut the door, and shut the world out for a little while! What felt like a manageable routine before the baby may feel like complete and utter chaos now, and that’s if your older children are trying to be reasonable and help!
What if there was a way to make a happy baby, happy older kids, and even a happier mom? What if there was a way to reduce your stress, decrease the amount of time your baby spends crying, and quite possibly even eliminate or at least reduce their fussy time later in the evening?
Try wearing your baby. There are dozens of products on the market, from an expensive Moby wrap (that you can make yourself with just a few yards of cloth—google it!) to a simple ring sling or mei tai, to the buckled carriers that you’re accustomed to seeing as baby wearing. Pop your baby in, rest her head close to your heart, and within just a few minutes, you’ll have a much happier baby. In many cases, baby will sleep just as long as you’re willing to wear her! Suddenly, your hands are free—though your reach is a bit shortened—you aren’t having to shout to be heard over tiny cries; and your stress level decreases rapidly just because things aren’t quite so chaotic.
Baby wearing also makes it possible to add field trips back into your schedule with much less stress. No need to maneuver a bulky stroller through crowds while trying to keep up with over-excited children when baby is safely attached to you! Just make sure you wear your carrier around the house for a while before you try going out so that you’ll know for sure that it’s comfortable. It may take a couple of carrier attempts before you find the one that’s best for you, and a few tries before you’re comfortable slipping baby in and out of the carrier.
Of course, baby will still need to be fed, and changed. There will still be days when he won’t stop crying. But wearing your baby might be the solution to actually accomplishing things across the course of your day again—and hey, it can’t hurt to try!