Babywearing for Babysitters (and Other Childcare Providers)

Child caregivers are so pivotal and definitely underappreciated. (Is there any way to possibly over-appreciate a person who keeps your babies alive and happy?) Unlike parenting, where it’s accepted that we all mess up, nannies and other childcare workers are seen as Professionals Who Must Always Do It Right. It’s a heavy responsibility! Just like a pacifier or a bottle is a tool that makes childcare simpler, a baby carrier can lighten that load too.

Small babies need to be held, but it can be hard to do all day—especially if you’re watching more than one child or if you have other duties. Holding the baby in a ring sling comforts her with no extra effort for you, so you can help a big kid with their homework.

Carriers are especially helpful for multiples. Even if you’re only babywearing one infant, it’s so helpful to have two hands free to carry or care for the other! As twins grow, you can leave the bulky double stroller at home and just take a small umbrella stroller on your outings.

Nannying with your own child along is a balancing act with any age group, but especially when small children are involved. Wearing your baby lets you give them all the comfort they need without sacrificing your quality of care for either child.

Baby slings are indispensable for little runners. Harnesses or leashes still require you to have a hand free, but carriers let you keep safe by wearing one kid and having your hands free for two more!

Finally, any profession that involves multiple kids makes for a lot of germ swapping. There’s only so much you can do when it comes to germs in the air, but wearing a baby or child on you means that you can minimize the amount of direct contact with dirty surfaces or with a sick sibling. Sick children find the swaying motion and physical contact soothing as well.

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Becky Patouhas, social media specialist, has been a babywearing educator since 2013. Her favorite part of her job is a tie between seeing all the cute baby pictures and helping parents get that “I can’t believe I can hold my baby AND eat!” moment. A first-generation American and mom of two small boys, she and her family live in Michigan, where she enjoys volunteering with her local babywearing group. Becky loves her Zypora meh dais (she has two!) because they’re so cushy on her shoulders. She always has a Lightly Padded ring sling in her purse because she loves the soft padding, and she thinks Isle of Skye is the best colorway out there!

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