Why You Do It (Part 1)

Why do we do what we do? Why do I do what I do? Why wear your babies on your body instead of toting them in a stroller or infant car seat?

Though my journey into babywearing began almost 15 years ago after the birth of my first daughter, not much has changed.

As a mother, a parent, a caregiver to a tiny, completely dependent and utterly adorable human being; I want to love that baby. I want that baby to feel loved by me. I want to soothe, calm, and reassure my baby that all is well in the world, in our world. You are safe. Mama is here. I will hold you.

Unfortunately, reality kicks in and the demands of life begin to pull us this way and that, that way and this. When all we want is to smell our baby’s hair and steal one more kiss. And unless you have arms like my farmer husband, who’s been tossing fifty pound bales around like loaves of bread since he was seven, your arms get tired. Your back aches. Your other responsibilities beckon.

What started out as an alternative to busting my back, lugging around the infant car seat, and struggling with the “travel system”, (why do they call it that by the way? The only place the travel system ever brought me was from the trunk of my car to rampant frustration in about 60 seconds. Likely not the type of acceleration they were hoping for), morphed into a journey back to the basics, back to instinct.

Multitasking is more than a trendy catch-phrase. Parents from all times and across the globe have been devising and innovating various methods of multitasking child-rearing in the name of efficiency and necessity.

And so, with the birth of each new child to bless our home, I continued to march down the path of babywearing, discovering a new carrier and/or babywearing method at each bend and bow along the road.

I’ve been advised against name-dropping, but in the spirit of saving time, I shall be bold and rebellious for a brief moment, as I divulge my baby carrier progression:

  1. Teal Blue Pin-Stripped Baby Bjorn, with toggle closures
  2. Navy Blue Baby Bjorn, with slidy thingy closures
  3. Black pouch sling borrowed from sister
  4. Hot pink Sprout Pouch sling
  5. Babyhawk Mei Tai (MT)
  6. Baby Beco soft structured carrier (SSC)
  7. Ergo SSC
  8. Slinglings Pouch Sling
  9. Zolowear Ring Sling
  10. Sleepy Wrap (now Boba Wrap), stretchy wrap
  11. Girasol Woven Wrap, Tahoe was the name of the colorway, it was beautiful stripes of blue and green, hand woven in Guatemala in a plain twill weave. I miss this wrap often and wish I had held on to it for sentimental reasons…
  12. BBSlen Wrap Conversion Ring Sling (WCRS) in "Turkish Delight", a gorgeous, light cotton robins egg aqua blue
  13. Didymos Caribe Fish, a rich and luscious turquoise cotton/linen blend, with fish motif, jacquard machine woven wrap that I still have and will never leave. (Caribe is pictured above)

I’m going to stop there, because I like to let my sweet farmer husband think the majority of my collection, (or “stash” as we call it in the babywearing world), is part of "inventory" and/or "research and development". Yeah, research, that sounds plausible, let's roll with it.

Any-who, I quickly became addicted to woven wraps.

Stay tuned for Part 2 “Why you do it”!


6 Responses

Katie Connolly-Staffelbach
Katie Connolly-Staffelbach

January 03, 2014

I do it because NOT doing it would have driven me insane. I rarely left the house for the first few months after my son was born because lugging him around in his car seat, or having to get out a stroller, and ESPECIALLY sticking him in a shopping cart where I had to turn my back on him was just too much for a shell-shocked new mom to handle. Once I got the hang of the woven wraps (and especially ring slings), everything fell into place and I could take my place out in the world again, knowing he was close where I could watch and protect him.

Crunchy Con Mom
Crunchy Con Mom

January 03, 2014

Haha that’s almost exactly how I ventured into babywearing: from baby bjorn to woven wraps by way of ssc :)

Anna
Anna

January 02, 2014

I babywear because I love having my little one close and my hands free for my big one, it feels natural and easy. My little one loves being carried, as does my big boy, we all enjoy it and find it gives our family freedom to have fun and keep active!

Amber Murdock
Amber Murdock

January 02, 2014

I wore my first son (now 8 yrs old) in the oh so lovely, bjorn (with lumbar support) for 6 months. I loved keeping him close and not having to lug all the stroller+ with me. Someone had also given me a ring sling but at the time I had no idea how to wear it comfortably.
I started learning about using wraps while I was pregnant with my second (now 5.5months old) and KNEW this was going to be a new love of mine! I tried a moby once, and quickly jumped onto the woven bandwagon.
I love that wrapping makes keeping your baby close a fashionable thing to do, and knowing she is content and where she wants to be, while allowing me to beautifully get all my other tasks done.
Living close to a downtown area, and taking public transit, every single ride I think “thank God I don’t have to lug the stroller with me!!”

I’ve been really enjoying learning about (and trying) various brands, weaves and lengths if wraps, and the versatility that comes with them.

Callie Reweti
Callie Reweti

January 02, 2014

I started out needing to find some way to get things done around the house because my baby refused to be put down in the early days. I loved the snuggles and cuddles, but my house didn’t. My wonderful husband is actually the one that got me into babywearing. He showed me pictures because I had not seen anyone babywearing before, and then he bought me a stretchy wrap to start with. All of the fabric was intimidating, initially, but I quickly figured it out! Life became so much easier. I was able to get everything done at home PLUS my baby got the cuddles she needed. Since then, I’ve found the benefits of having a more settled and content baby, and it’s way more convenient when you’re out of the house. I don’t have to worry about lugging around a stroller, I don’t have to worry about navigating crowds with a stroller, and I’m not confined to only being able to go where the stroller will go. Babywearing has made being a mom easier!!

Angie Miller
Angie Miller

January 02, 2014

I found babywearing when I got pregnant with our twins the same month our son turned 1. There were no ideal triple stroller options out there so I knew I had to find a way to carry/wear one of them so we could get away with a double stroller. I ventured into the babywearing groups on BBC and that was the end of it. I wanted to try each type of carrier (woven, RS, SSC and MT) to determine what type worked best for us. What it really did was make me realize was there was a preference for each baby and circumstance. Since then I have become a VBE of our local BWI chapter and are taking the BI course next month. This has become something I really love just as much if not more than a way of survival with 3 kids under 2. We now have 4 kids under 5 (for 4 more days) and I couldnt imagine my life without every one of them or how I’d do it without Babywearing.

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