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5 Reasons for Babywearing During the Holidays

Babywearing can be a lifesaver during the most wonderful time of the year.

5 Reasons for Babywearing During the Holidays

*We’ve partnered with Baby Tula to help you get through the holiday season.

Don't the holidays always seem to come at the most inconvenient times? Last year, I gave birth to my daughter in September. Immediately after, I found myself traveling for birthdays, weddings (three in one week!), my husband's business—and as soon as the dust cleared, it was the holiday season. We were able to do all this with a newborn-in-tow because we embraced babywearing.

At first, I was afraid to entrust my tiny precious newborn to a piece of fabric (what if I did it wrong and she fell?) but once we got the hang of it it became our go-to way of soothing and traveling with our little one. Here are five reasons why babywearing is a lifesaver during the holidays.

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1. Not everywhere is stroller friendly.

As far as I'm concerned, most strollers have two major drawbacks: no matter how compact they are, they still take up a significant amount of space, and they keep you at a distance from your baby. Whenever we're in a crowded space, from holiday shopping to a crowded holiday party, I love to pop baby into a carrier. It's easier to get around, and people aren't as likely to try to touch her or kiss her if they have to bump heads with me to do it.

2. Carriers help keep baby comfortable and at ease.

The world is brand-new to babies, and over the holidays it can seem particularly loud and overwhelming. Keeping baby close to you in a carrier allows them to use you as a safe space from which to check out their surroundings. If they're too overwhelmed, most often, they'll just rest their head on your chest and go to sleep.

3. Breastfeed on the low (and on the go).

If you're nursing, it's very easy to breastfeed discreetly in a baby carrier, with or without a cover. This is especially nice when you’re visiting family and friends during the holidays and public nursing can be uncomfortable or even hotly debated. The carrier is also helpful if you want to keep nursing while you leave your hands free to attend to other fun holiday things (or your other kids!).

4. It keeps you and baby extra-toasty.

You'll find this out rather quickly if you haven't already, but a sleeping baby on your chest is like a space heater--except much more cuddly. When wearing baby, your body chemistry helps to regulate your child's temperature, and the carrier itself provides an extra layer of warmth. It's a perfect way to make sure your little one is always just warm enough when those cold holiday guests come through.

5. It's simple enough to tap out if you need a break.

The best thing about babywearing is that anyone can do it! If you get tired and need a break, dad can easily wear baby around instead, taking them off your hands while you take some time to yourself. If dad's busy too, grandparents, aunts and even sometimes an older, responsible sibling can step in. It's a great way to get trusted family members involved during holiday visits. They'll enjoy being asked to help, and baby will get to bond with them, too.

*This post is sponsored by Baby Tula. All images via Baby Tula.

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These challenges from Nike PLAYlist are exactly what my child needs to stay active

Plus a fall family bucket list to keep everyone moving all season long.

While it's hard to name anything that the pandemic hasn't affected, one thing that is constantly on my mind is how to keep my family active despite spending more time indoors. Normally, this time of year would be spent at dance and gymnastics lessons, meeting up with friends for games and field trips, and long afternoon playdates where we can all let off a little steam. Instead, we find ourselves inside more often than ever before—and facing down a long winter of a lot more of the same.

I started to search for an outlet that would get my girls moving safely while we social distance, but at first I didn't find a lot of solutions. Online videos either weren't terribly engaging for my active kids, or the messaging wasn't as positive around the power of movement as I would like. Then I found the Nike PLAYlist.

I always knew that Nike could get me moving, but I was so impressed to discover this simple resource for parents. PLAYlist is an episodic sports show on YouTube that's made for kids and designed to teach them the power of expressing themselves through movement. The enthusiastic kid hosts immediately captured my daughter's attention, and I love how the physical activity is organically incorporated in fun activities without ever being specifically called out as anything other than play. For example, this segment where the kids turn yoga into a game of Paper Scissors Rock? Totally genius. The challenges from #TheReplays even get my husband and me moving more when our daughter turns it into a friendly family competition. (Plus, I love the play-inspired sportswear made just for kids!)

My daughter loves the simple Shake Ups at the beginning of the episode and is usually hopping off the couch to jump, dance and play within seconds. One of her favorites is this Sock Flinger Shake Up activity from the Nike PLAYlist that's easy for me to get in on too. Even after we've put away the tablet, the show inspires her to create her own challenges throughout the day.

The best part? The episodes are all under 5 minutes, so they're easy to sprinkle throughout the day whenever we need to work out some wiggles (without adding a lot of screen time to our schedule).

Whether you're looking for simple alternatives to P.E. and sports or simply need fun ways to help your child burn off energy after a day of socially distanced school, Nike's PLAYlist is a fun, kid-friendly way to get everyone moving.

Need more movement inspiration for fall? Here are 5 ways my family is getting up and getting active this season:

1. Go apple picking.

Truly, it doesn't really feel like fall until we've picked our first apple. (Or had our first bite of apple cider donut!) Need to burn off that extra cinnamon-sugar energy? Declare a quick relay race up the orchard aisle—winner gets first to pick of apples at home.

To wear: These Printed Training Tights are perfect for when even a casual walk turns into a race (and they help my daughter scurry up a branch for the big apples).

2. Visit a pumpkin patch.

We love to pick up a few locally grown pumpkins to decorate or cook with each year. Challenge your child to a "strongman" contest and see who can lift the heaviest pumpkin while you're there.

To wear: Suit up your little one in comfort with this Baby Full Zip Coverall so you're ready for whatever adventures the day brings.

3. Have a nature scavenger hunt.

Scavenger hunts are one of my favorite ways to keep my daughter preoccupied all year long. We love to get outside and search for acorns, leaves and pinecones as part of our homeschool, but it's also just a great way to get her exercising those gross motor skills whenever the wiggles start to build up.

To wear: It's not truly fall until you break out a hoodie. This cozy Therma Elite Kids Hoodie features a mesh overlay to release heat while your child plays.

4. Have a touch-football game.

Tip for parents with very little kids: It doesn't have to last as long as a real football game. 😂 In fact, staging our own mini-games is one of our favorite ways to get everyone up and moving in between quarters during Sunday football, and I promise we all sleep better that night.

To wear: From impromptu games of tag to running through our favorite trails, these kids' Nike Air Zoom Speed running shoes are made to cover ground all season long.

5. Create an indoor obstacle course.

Pretending the floor is lava was just the beginning. See how elaborate your personal course can get, from jumping on the couch to rolling under the coffee table to hopping down the hallway on one foot.

To wear: These ready-for-any-activity Dri-FIT Tempo Shorts are perfect for crawling, hopping and racing—and cuddling up when it's time to rest.

This article was sponsored by Nike. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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