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:
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”!