One thing I am finding indispensable with baby Rufus is our Moby wrap. It is priceless. It has made tricky situations…less tricky. I do have a double buggy which I love, and use for our missions into town, but a lot of the time a sling and a fold down buggy is so much easier; particularly when Rufus is still so small and light. I use it most days and paid £14 from eBay including postage and packaging. Bargain. Quite often I put it on before getting in the car, so I can pop Rufus straight in when we reach our destination.
Here are some scenarios I have used it for:
– An impromptu train journey is possible when you see the absolute horror (you would have thought Thomas the Tank Engine had been murdered) on your toddlers face as he realises he is not getting on the train with his Dad…so we all got on. The two boys and I had been on a train ride, into town and returned home by 10:30am! Thank goodness I was organised that morning – certainly not the norm. I never want to see that look on his face ever again. He looked absolutely broken.
– Food shopping with two (or one) is so much easier if I have two hands free and can guarantee Rufus is settled. All Winston needs is a punnet of blueberries or tomatoes to keep him quiet. I don’t consider that bribery.
– It makes the London Underground manageable…although we won’t be doing that again for a while! It was rather mad and you do get strange looks.
– At the park when you want to supervise your older child and don’t really want to leave your baby miles away in a buggy.
– When you’re there at the soft play area solo, because you didn’t think through the practicalities of going alone with two. I must admit there were a few awkward situations. Needless to say I won’t be going alone again. Let’s just say the sling meant there were far fewer awkward situations.
– Rufus sleeps for much longer in a sling than he would in a pram, which means it is easier to stick to his routine when we’re out and about.
– We’ve used it at night time to settle Rufus to sleep if he’s been particularly wakeful.
– Dinner time can sometimes stressful – both boys are hungry so quite often I cook with Rufus in the sling. I’m not sure it is recommended but it works a treat.
– When Rufus is in it, he keeps me so warm!
Yes – it is just a long piece of thick jersey fabric but it is seriously brilliant. I wish I’d used one with Winston – the things I could have done! I love it so much that I’m thinking of buying another to keep in the car. I’m scared one day I will forget it and I’m not sure I want to deal with the consequences.