Babywearing Calgary & The Elizabeth House

Over the past few months Babywearing Calgary has collected generous donations from our wonderful members. These donations were then taken to The Elizabeth House to be donated while our wonderful admin team gave some lessons to the young women and fit them with a carrier to suit their needs.

The Elizabeth house is a non-denominational residential program for at-risk pregnant or parenting youth and their babies with little or no supports and needing a safe place to live.

At Babywearing Calgary, you’ll find a lot of our members feel that carriers are a must have with a baby. Some of us can’t imagine life without one.

An update from our admins Emma and Tanya:

There were a number of moms, with children if various ages. We spoke with them about the benefits of Babywearing, and safety, then introduced them to the various carrier styles. One momma started out looking a little unimpressed and a bit frazzled. We talked about how to use a Soft Structured Carrier (SSC) and she became a lot more interested. She was so excited and couldn’t believe she got to keep it! The best part was watching them delight in the face to face connection the carriers brought. Several others were over the moon with the Mei Tais they chose (a popular choice). All in all it was a great night. Thank you all for your donations and work in this!!

We can’t thank our members enough for all their generous donations. We truly hope that the mom’s we’ve helped will continue to babywear and experience the benefits.

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12 Days of Christmas – Day 9 Lisa Matulka

Meet Lisa Matulka

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How did you get introduced to babywearing?

Honestly, up until about a week or two ago I had no idea! It just seemed so natural and so ingrained in my brain. When I found out I was pregnant there was no question about if I would baby wear or not, I just knew I was going to. It was only when I was discussing my stay with a host family in a small Quebec town, that I recalled helping my host mother wrap her

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3 days old!

infant daughter onto her so we could stroll down the Saint Lawrence River. It’s funny that something so small and insignificant at the time would become such an important aspect of my parenting bag of tricks.

How long have you been babywearing?

My oldest turns three in March, so a little over two and a half years. We started our babywearing journey fumbling around in a sized pocket sling trying to get comfortable. Boy, how far have we come!

How has it changed your life?

Baby and toddler wearing has allowed me image2 (1)to live my life. You hear all the time how having a baby changes your life, how you will never be able to do the things you enjoyed again and in those first couple of days home with your new squish it honestly felt that way. Then one day I woke up, partner at work, home alone with this tiny human I had to keep alive and decided I needed more then the walls around us and waiting on others to decide how we lived. I carefully placed her in my very first carrier and hoped for the best. That day was just a trip to the grocery store but it started what would become a daily occurrence. Now with a toddler and a young baby I would literally get nothing accomplished if it wasn’t for my stash of carriers.


Have you traveled and found babywearing helped?

As in a vacation? What’s that? All jokes aside it is so freeing to not be

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Birds of prey in Banff

restricted to a stroller. Don’t get me wrong, as a mom of two who doesn’t drive, strollers absolutely have a place in our life but if I can go stroller free I will. Most of our travelling has been around
the province, a weekend here, a day there. We take yearly trips to Banff and it’s great to be able to take in nature with the little ones safely secured to you. There is no worrying about if the stroller will fit or the rush to get back somewhere for naps as my girls took kindly to the carrier’s sleepy dust. Not to mention it’s so much more of an experience for everyone involved when you can watch your child witness the same things you do, at the same level and be able take in their facial expressions and reactions.

 

Has there been anyone in your life that has made babywearing click for you or been a big help?

My partner, 100%. As cheesy as that sounds it is so amazing to have someone in your corner backing you up and supporting your parenting decision. The day I came to him and told him I ordered a baby carrier online he calmly replied, “cool, I can’t wait to see it.” From that point in he has become more involved and supportive, from helping me adjust a carry, not complaining about the money spent on new carriers and even wearing our children himself. He has seen how important this aspect of our life is to me and has been my rock and advocate for it and I could not have asked for more.

image4What is one piece of advice you would offer about babywearing?

Not every carrier and every carry will suit you and your baby. Every baby is individual, just as every parent and their needs are individual. Just because a friend boasts about how wonderful their Tula is doesn’t mean it will be all sunshine and rainbows for you. A parent who wants a carrier for quick up and downs with an active toddler isn’t likely going to want a woven wrap! It’s all about what works best for you and your family. Take advantage of the lending library and other mom’s that may have different carriers then you. Try them out, ask questions and when you find one you like don’t feel like you need to buy new.

What is your favourite carrier?

Tough question. I don’t think I really have a favorite at the moment since it really depends on my needs. For my toddler, I’m a big fan of our Toddler Tula. It’s been our go-to for over a year. For our newest little, I would say our Wrapsody Hybrid, although with winter wearing I tend to lean more heavily on my Sakura Bloom ring sling.

What is your favourite carry?

I’m a huge fan of baby carries since they completely free up your arms. I’m a short girl who tends to make big babies. My four month old is already wearing 9 month old clothes, so in front carries we spend a good deal of times face to face or with my chin on her head, so being able to back carry becomes instantly more comfortable for all of us.

If you could have any wrap/carrier (your ultimate DISO) what would it be?

Mom brain here, the kitty wrap? It’s woven, usually black and white with geometric type cat print on it and converted into a WCMT. Hello inner cat lady!

12 Days of Christmas – Day 8 Amanda Darker

Meet Amanda DarkerIMAG1610

How did you get introduced to babywearing?

I was introduced to babywearing by a friend who gave me my first wrap, a organic sling sisters wrap.FB_IMG_1424039074782

How long have you been babywearing?

I started wearing my daughter when she was 3 weeks old (she is now two)!!

How has it changed your life?

I couldn’t nurse my daughter and that was really hard for me to accept because I always longed for that bond. Babywearing has given me that closesness with daughter that I otherwise feel I wouldn’t have had. I also have two small children (they are 17 months apart) and if I didn’t wear my kids I don’t think I would have survived the first 5 months of my sons life!

IMAG1507Have you traveled and found babywearing helped? 

I recently went to mexico and being able to put my son in the carrier and my daughter in the stroller was a huge life saver! While in mexico I was able to wear my son and not have to stress about him while letting my daughter explore and learn all about this new place!

Has there been anyone in your life that has made babywearing click for you or been a big help?

IMAG2894My good friend Angela (Angela Bliss) has been a huge life saver in my babywearing journey and I don’t know how I did it without her before!!! Since meeting her I’ve learned tons if carries, become more comfortable and have grown even more of a love for the different wraps and carriers (although my husband would call it an addiction not love lol)! And she’s ALWAYS there when I need her, messaging you to figure out how to do a back carry and managing to accomplish it on my own just from your directions, YOU ROCK! ❤

What is one piece of advice you would offer about babywearing?

If I could give anyone advice about babywearing it would be go to a meet up and don’t be afraid to ask for help and direction in learning about the carriers or a different carry. Nothing is more important than your babies safety and we all need to start somewhere!! 🙂

What is your favourite carrier? IMAG2840

My favorite carrier is my wrap. But my go to carrier is definitely my SSC, its an ergo that I’m hoping to retire for a Lenny Lamb after Christmas!

What is your favourite carry?

My favorite carry is Poppins, so comfy and my son LOVES it!!!

If you could have any wrap/carrier (your ultimate DISO) what would it be?

My ultimate DISO would most likely be a custom but if I had to pick something other than the custom I want it would be a Pelli (popart candy 😍😍😍😍)IMAG1490_1

12 Days of Christmas Day 7 – Bronwyn Butler

Meet Bronwyn11069741_10155442824215195_9219838068017501090_o

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!

11707522_10155872123635195_408595673177657695_nHow 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.

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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!
10988474_10155472677215195_4867354993590692731_oWhat 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.
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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!

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