we didn’t buy a lot of stuff while waiting for ico. we just had a couple of feeding bottles as i planned to breastfeed him as long as i can, an electric breast pump for when the twins get heavy, some layettes, receiving blankets, boots, mittens, some fleece blankets and a small cabinet for his things. having two older children made me realize that babies don’t need a lot of stuff as they grow really fast. we don’t have a crib, nor stroller. one item i really wanted to buy though was a baby wrap. B, a mom-friend whom i’ve met in my previous company, recommended a boba wrap. i was sold with it already and had asked P to get it for me when he went abroad. however, he forgot about it and having heard so many stressful stories about shipping items from the US, i decided to just try looking for a local baby wrap brand.
a baby wrap was a must for me as i really intended to work as soon as i could and a wrap would be the perfect accessory for me to have my baby close to me even while typing furiously on my laptop. also, as we have always found a stroller too bulky (and expensive, too!), it’s a great way for me to lug baby around. yes, ico and i are going places. LOL. plus, eating out with a baby in tow spells indigestion as the mom would always hurry to eat so the yaya can also eat, or starvation as you cannot eat really well with a fussy baby on your lap, can you? again, we don’t like strollers. LOL. there are, of course, a lot of scientifically proven benefits to baby wearing, as the internets would tell you should you have the time to google it, and i agree with everything there. but most of all, i love how baby wearing strengthens the bond between mother and baby.
Dea, who also gave birth to a baby girl april this year, bought a Sa-Ya. so i went ahead and checked out Mama Baby Love and ordered my own Sa-Ya. i went for the Semi-Stretch Knit (SSK) in Denim as it was the only one available for my size (Small). Transaction was a breeze. Jenny Ong, a staunch advocate of breastfeeding and the awesome mom behind Chronicles of A Nursing Mom, owns the online store and after a few email exchanges, i received my own Sa-Ya.
read the instruction guide upon receiving the Sa-Ya then practiced immediately with my sister
one thing i did after placing my order is to check out blog and video tutorials about the Sa-Ya as majority of the blog reviews i read warned that using it initially can be a bit difficult. i even had a marathon facebook chat with Dea to ask her about positions and all. the most informative blogs about the Sa-Ya are the ones below:
when i finally laid my hands on my own baby wrap, i immediately asked my sister to help me try it on. lo and behold, it was actually quite manageable. getting ico in it was a bit of a task simply because he’s huge. i would say you need an extra pair of hands on your first few uses. otherwise, it gets easier as you’ll learn to maneuver your way around the wrap. i must say the videos by Sa-Ya’s creator Buding Aquino-Dee were the most helpful. also, the baby wrap comes with its very own brochure with all of the instructions you will need to use it, including how-to’s for the various ways you can wear your baby.
wore my Sa-Ya and the baby a day after getting it. see, no hands ma! pardon the picture’s background as we were in my tita’s laboratory-office. LOL.
i used it the next day as we were off to the city for ico’s check up. i loooove how i can still use my two hands while he’s snuggled close to me. i ate and walked with ease! it was funny looking at people’s reactions though when they see a little head popping out of the fabric. LOL. as ico still cannot hold his head up, i wear him wearing the yakap position (tummy-to-tummy, heart-to-heart :)) but make him lean his head on my shoulder. the cradle carry would’ve been good although as you may read in Jenny’s blog, it’s discouraged, because of the risks of hip dysplasia.
a few things about the Sa-Ya and baby wearing:
- the SSK, as the name implies, is stretch-y. that’s what i like about it. when you first use it, don’t be afraid to stretch it — stretch it to make your baby comfortable, stretch it to position him safely and conveniently, stretch it so YOU feel comfortable.
- the material, although not thick, is warm. it’s wonderful when it’s cold and your baby needs the extra warmth, otherwise, your baby might find it too stifling. i would say, if you’ll wear your baby, a pair of cotton shirt (or sando, even!) and shorts would be perfect so he won’t sweat so much.
- Mama Baby Love has a size guide to help moms choose the perfect Sa-Ya for them. if you’re not sure, you can always ask. the sizing guide for me though is fool-proof, although i had a bit of a challenge because while i’m only 5′, i am not exactly that skinny so i was bouncing between S and M. good thing i chose S because as i’ve mentioned, the fabric stretches. it’s very important to find your correct sizing as the baby wrap adheres to the wearer’s size, not the baby’s. if you’re planning to share the baby wrap with say, your husband and you’re confused what size to get, please inquire.
- please ensure that your baby is comfortable while inside the wrap — no pinched body part, etc. as ico’s legs is in the frog position when i wear him, i take him out when i have the chance just so his legs can stretch and relax. for newborns, please check that your babies can properly breathe. safety comes first and foremost.
it may not be obvious but i am wearing ico in the yakap position
i am truly happy with my Sa-Ya. i don’t use it much when i am home, except maybe if i don’t have a yaya and the baby doesn’t want to be put down. i love how it made bringing the baby around so much more convenient. yes, i still do sometimes use my hands to adjust the baby while wearing him, but it really takes off the unnecessary strain of having to constantly carry him with my own two arms, especially now that he’s heavy!
i can work or eat comfortably while ico is off to dreamland
do you also wear your babies? do share more baby wearing tips, especially those who have been doing it for a long time