Monday, May 30, 2005
Going for a Ride
I've been racking my brain to figure out why Noah is so much more restless than most babies. He's always "on," wanting to move, talk, grab, and bounce. This can make for lots of fun, but at other times, frustration and exhaustion. This week, I realized that he is what many pediatricians call a "spirited baby." "Spirited babies and children," as they put it, are just "more." More energy, more movement, more noise..... but oh yeah, less sleep. The leading expert in raising a "spirited child" is Dr. Sears. I borrowed his book from Sarah. (Thanks) Dr. Sears believes in "babywearing". He thinks that parents, especially those of "spirited babies" should wear their babies around, everywhere they go. So, I have taken to plopping Noah in his backpack or Baby Bjorn or on my hip. I even made my own baby wrap/baby sling after I saw the "Ella Roo" on this site: Peppermint. It's great! I made the wrap for only $6 and it took about 5 minutes. Noah loves ride around. It's quite hard to carry 20lbs. around for a long time but as long as I do, Noah seems very happy and becomes a more relaxed baby just happy to watch the world go by.