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?
Why wear your baby in a woven wrap? After all isn't it just a simple piece of cloth (or SPOCs as we call them in BWing world)?
I'm not going to get into the history or anthropology of babywearing, but if you want more information, here's a great article I came across by Parenting with Presence.
What I want to get into is why these SPOCs absolutely ROCK!
- Versatility: There is an endless supply of carries one can do with a woven wrap, (front, back, hip, tandem, etc.,) YouTube is an excellent source for tutorials on learning new carries. Babywearing Faith, Tanya Tugas and Wrapping Rachel are a few of my favorite YouTube gals. Additionally, there are numerous social media forums on Facebook and TBW (the babywearer.com) available where you can post pictures and discuss #allthingsBABYWEARING!
- Custom Fit: Have you ever met another woman whose body is the exact same shape and size as yours? And on the same note, have you ever been able to slap on a soft structured carrier, and not have to adjust a single strap or buckle? With a woven wrap you get a custom fit every time. Custom to the contours of your body. To your wardrobe de jour. To the weather. To your baby. To your mood. And if you're like me, to your level of patience at any given moment.
- Options: You find me one woman who owns one pair of shoes, one pair of jeans, one handbag, ONE. My husband will be the first to tell you, that the elusive "she", is certainly not me. A woven wrap is more customizable than your Starbucks coffee. Most woven wraps are available in 6-8 different lengths, (sizes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 are the most common), boom; long wrap for multi-pass carries, shorter wraps for quick up-and-down one-layer carries. You like color? We got color. What about thickness, yarn, fiber content, pattern, design, softness, stretchiness? Done and done. Woven wraps have oodles of options, fact.
- Comfort: Not going to name names at this juncture, but certain carriers were not always comfortable for me over the years. Some held the baby far too low on my torso. *Note: your baby should always be visible and kissable, hence the lips in the logo!* Some caused back pain. Some had straps prone to digging into my shoulders. I have boyish hips and some carriers sported a waist-band I could never get to sit just right. And don't even get me started on the muffin top! A properly adjusted & tightened woven wrap, (due to its aforementioned inherent ability to mold to every curve of you and your baby's body), evenly distributes the weight of your baby, in such an ergonomic fashion so as not to cause pain or discomfort.
- Beauty: Woven textiles are beautiful. Woven wraps are stunning in fact, warp and weft intermingling in their own rhythm and cadence, yummy. Weaving is poetry after all...
Ok, so back to business. Why am I here?
Because I fell in love, perhaps even lust in the beginning, with a fabulous form of carrying my baby that is as versatile as I am. One that delivered a custom fit every time, had options galore, was comfortable to carry my growing baby, and was beautiful to boot.
Admittedly there was a bit of a learning curve, but thanks to organizations like Babywearing International, babywearing groups with certified Volunteer Babywearing Educators, (VBEs) are popping up all over the country and increasing the availability of local hands-on training.
Even across the pond the trend is gaining ground. In fact, the Europeans have a good 15 to 25 year jump on us Yankees. Take industry leader Didymos for example, they've been in the game since 1972! Here's the thing, having woven wraps milled on our own shores, right here in the good 'ole USA, is still in its infancy. There are simply not enough wraps to go around. Poésie Tissée intends to change that. One wrap at a time...
Starting this company brought me to a crossroads. Or rather, to a synergistic opportunity to realize all of my dreams simultaneously.
Everyday I get to:
- Spread the babywearing love
- Be home with my family
- Accept a challenge
- Put my business degree to work
- Support the local economy
- Chat on Facebook with all my babywearing peeps, (shhh, don't tell my husband I said that)
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