Having young babies and homeschooling certainly can pose challenges. One of those challenges is simply that young babies take so much time. Babies seem to be born with a radar that wakes them the moment you sit down to do something like work on math or reading with a child, or sit down to eat a meal while it is still warm. Right that minute is when they decide they need you to feed them, change their diaper, or just hold them.
At my house it also is safest for baby if they are not laid down on the floor when they are content or sleeping, unless I can be in the same room. I have discovered with past babies that my toddlers love to try and help by picking up the baby or sharing a their pretzels. Sometimes toddlers just want to explore this neat baby – you know, open the eyes, poke fingers in the mouth, and generally pester what could have been a calm or sleeping baby.
So what is a homeschooling mom with a young baby to do? While taking a break from homeschool is always an option for a while, you can’t do it forever. Around my house it also pushes everyone’s sanity when we take too long a break from the homeschool routine. When I had Oliver in 2009 I discovered a wonderful solution, one I am using with baby Caleb now. It is called a Moby Wrap.
Just what is a Moby Wrap? Well, it is a long piece of breathable fabric that mom wraps around herself to make a cozy place to hold baby. I have tried many different baby carriers and slings over the years, but the Moby Wrap is my favorite for young babies. It is comfortable for mom and baby. Wearing your baby frees up your hands to cook, clean, or homeschool your older children.
Wearing your baby also simulates life in the womb. Remember, for months before birth your baby was all snuggled up in this warm, noisy, near constantly moving place. When they are born they suddenly have too much room to move and can’t control those arms and legs yet, so they startle themselves. They’re not snuggled up, warm, and being moved around. They will sleep better in the wrap as you go about your day. The noise of a busy family is not too much for a baby, they’re used to it being noisy.
Another neat feature of the Moby Wrap is that I can wear it all day long, whether baby is in it or asleep in his crib. It feels just like I’ve got a shirt on. I go about my day and when those baby interruptions happen, I am all set to snuggle baby back into the wrap after a quick diaper change or bottle, then continue what the family was doing.
One question I have had from new moms, usually on their first baby or two, is “Can you hold your baby too much?” Let me be extremely clear: NO! You can’t hold your baby too much. When baby has had enough holding and is ready to explore their world he will make it known, often quite loudly.
I have also often heard the comment, “They’re asleep, you should lay them down now.” To that my response is why? You can’t hold a baby too much. And with a baby sling or wrap, there is no need to put the baby down so mom can do housework or take care of the rest of the family members. Your hands are already free.