I will first start off by mentioning that I did not haul Jackson around in a carrier very much at all when he was a baby. (Listen to me - when he was a baby... sadly, he's not one anymore!) This was mainly because the front carrier I have is so stressing to my upper back that after about 25-30 mins, I just couldn't stand it anymore. I have seen quite a few moms recently raving over the Mody Wrap and this has me reconsidering a few things.
I am considering babywearing with my second child. I know it's so much easier to get around especially when you have older children. It's a natural thing to hold your baby close. But here is my concern...
Am I going to be creating a baby who is dependant on motion sleeping?
I am not talking about infancy - newborns don't care much about where they are when they fall asleep. My experience with Jackson and his sleeping habits - was a successful tale. He started taking regular naps at 3 months which is when I started putting him in his crib for all naps. My soothing routine at that age [3 mos and for several months thereafter] was diaper change, swaddling and a song or two while I rocked him. He always went into his crib awake and fell asleep on his own - not motion dependant at all. He never liked the swing and after 2 months old - he never fell asleep in my arms again. While that made me sad to a degree - I was proud that my child was independant sleeper at such a young age. He was sleeping through the night at 2 months old.
If baby #2 gets used to falling asleep in the carrier - won't I be creating a hard habit to break? I understand that many moms will take their babes (again, not speaking about newborns here. Rather I am refering to 3 mos+) out of the carriers when they have fallen asleep so that the child can sleep with no motion and get better rest. But I know there some children out there who will wake up as soon as the motion stops. And this can cause much stress on both baby and mommy.
If I am mother who finds non motion sleep beneficial and regular nap schedules an important tool for child rearing - is babywearing not for me?