How were you introduced to Babywearing?
I was introduced to babywearing mostly when I was pregnant. I had seen others before out and about wearing their kids and I thought I need to do that for my little bundle. I liked the hands free and no stroller aspect. So I researched babywearing lots and talked to my mom about it to. Luckily, I was gifted an ergo and a chimparoo woven wrap at my baby shower!
How long have you been babywearing?
I have been baby wearing for 16 and a half months!
How has babywearing changed your life?
Babywearing has changed my life so much I think! It’s made caring for and calming my son so much easier. He is so much happier and content when being worn. We get around the city in a much more comfortable way. I don’t have a car and I find using a stroller difficult on transit. Thankfully I can just wear my son and get everywhere I need to go without him fussing and without taking up so much space! Babywearing also changed my life because it created a sense of community and friendship I didn’t have before. Talking to and meeting other moms who babywear really brings you closer together and allows you to bond without even speaking or knowing each other. It helps open up lines of communicating and creates friendships you might not have created otherwise.
Have you traveled and found babywearing helped?
In July my son, husband and I traveled to Hawaii for my son’s first birthday, stroller free! This was all made possible by my trusty Luna Lenny Lamb SSC. My son was happy on the plane, airport and walking around all day being up on my chest. He was able to nap when he needed to and get that connection with me that he needed while in a foreign place. We also go on quite a few hikes that we wouldn’t have been able to do without wearing! Wearing my son while travelling and hiking also allows for an easy hands free way to discreetly nurse on the go, which is a definite must for me!
Has there been anyone in your life that has made babywearing click for you or been a big help?
The one person who has been the biggest help and support in my babywearing journey has to be my husband. He is great, so supportive of getting and trying new carriers and always helping me tie wraps or do up my carriers. He even got up early for me one day to participate in a Lenny Lamb stocking! He’s always been there to help when I get frustrated with babywearing and ground me and make it work! So kudos to him!
What is one piece of advice you would offer about babywearing?
One piece of baby wearing advice is to always practice the 3 P’s. Practice, patience and perseverance. Baby wearing isn’t always easy, especially when trying to deal with a baby or toddler on a difficult day. But practice makes perfect! Keep trying and it will work and it will all be worth it when you can kiss that sleeping baby on the forehead. Always remember why you’re baby wearing, simply for love of your child and connection. You may not always wear perfectly or have your diso or the fanciest wrap, but as long as you’re wearing your baby you have that amazing connection and love of baby’s closest to your heart and that’s all that matters.
What is your favourite carrier?
My favorite carrier is my Lenny lamb Luna SSC.
What is your favourite carry?
My favourite carry is probably just an easy front cross carry. I don’t like wearing on my back too much as I miss my guy too much!
If you could have any wrap/carrier (your ultimate DISO) what would it be?
I love all my carriers. I guess my ultimate DISO would have to be a Lenny Lamb plum lace SSC, or size 5 wrap!