Country Mouse, City Mouse

Unlike in Aesop’s Fable, no one will be attacked by dogs, and we will not debate which venue is preferable, (city or country). As a rural country-dweller myself, I was excited to feature ways I have found babywearing to be beneficial.

But that only tells half of the story. I was also curious to note ways in which babywearing uniquely assists caregivers in the city, or as Aesop calls it, “the town”. Each has its own challenges, and each has its own majesty.

And so without further ado, I present, “City Mouse, Country Mouse, a Babywearing Tale”:

Country Mouse:

Living miles and miles from a metropolis presents its own set of roadblocks when it comes to child rearing.

One such dilemma for me are the winding and narrow dirt roads surrounding my home.  Many a jogging stroller has tried to traverse these trails, I assure you, but my conclusion is that wearing my baby on my back is highly preferable to the constant jostling hither and to of a stroller. There are only so many potholes one can deftly maneuver around, and there can be only so many stops to adjust and realign wheels before this mama’s patience has run out.

Leaving the stroller home allows me to easily watch the road and wander into the pasture to visit the cows, or to meander into a meadow to pick wild flowers much more easily than with a stroller in tow. As opposed to the very limited view from most strollers, in a high back carry my little one can see all that I see with a simple gaze over mama’s shoulder, (unless of course he has been lulled to sleep by the rhythm and motion of the walk as pictured at right). What child doesn't long to experience the world as their parent?

When I do “go to town” with my brood of five, it’s usually a jam-packed itinerary filled with errands, shopping, stopping and going. Gas is not cheap, and time is money. If I’m going to drive 30-40 minutes to town, I want to accomplish as much as I can in that one trip. After about the third stop of wrestling with a stroller in and out of the trunk of the car or van, I’m about ready to add the thing to my husband’s metal scrap heap back at the farm. Babywearing while running errands allows me to move quickly in and out of the car, of parking lots, etc.

One more benefit of babywearing in the country, hanging clothes to dry. Ah yes, my least-favorite bore-of-a-chore turns into a fresh air escapade with flair in the summer months. My back yard has quite a slope (or grade), to it. Lining the rear of the yard is a cedar post fence with a strand, (or three), of barbed wire separating my lawn from the pasture, and a steep hill leading to a creek in the valley.

When I’m hanging clothes to dry on the line or taking them down, the last thing I want to concern myself with is where my tot is traipsing off to. With his intense love of trucks, tractors and balls, the farm can be all too enticing for an ambling toddler. Babywearing allows me to keep my bundle of joy safe and secure while I go about my chores. A stroller, I’m afraid might tip over or roll down the hill. They don’t call my husband’s farm “Rolling Acres” for nothing you know!

So there you have it, three ways this country mouse has found babywearing to be beneficial for both mama and baby.

City Mouse:

Welcome to New York! (our one and only cab ride)

New York Post contributor MacKenzie Dawson claims New York City is a terrible place to raise a baby, as a result, mainly of the difficulty in navigating the city with a stroller. On my limited trips to the city with a baby under the age of two, I maneuvered subways, sidewalks and even a statue of liberty ferry, all using woven wraps. I received nothing but complements and sweet looks, on my baby being wrapped, from both men and women alike, and across generations and cultures.  (Pictured above is my son Beau and I on our one and only cab ride of the trip. Can you tell he was happy to be off the airplane?)

The subway system is for the most part, underground, hence the name. Therefore, to access the majority of the subway station one must traverse many a staircase and hallway. Elevators are a sparse and infrequent luxury. Our hotel was in the financial district, and all of my meetings were on 34th Street. Cab fare was, for the most part, out of my budget. Having my son wrapped up and secure either on my front or back, left me hands free and confident.

Though this was a business trip, we still did manage to squeeze in some sightseeing. A guided bus tour took us across the city, to the top of 30 Rock, and around the harbor to see the great lady herself. I was unencumbered by a clunky stroller and free to move about effortlessly, (and also to take ALL of the obligatory tourist pictures and selfie shots).

From JFK airport, and back to our little farmhouse, babywearing allowed me not only to go places I might not have gone before with my baby, but to build confidence in my ability as a mother to safely navigate just about any terrain and town, both country and city.



Where has babywearing brought you? Share your urban, suburban, rural, tame and wild journeys with us in the comments! {We will choose a random winner to recieve a Poe wrap scarf!}


26 Responses

Lindsey Coffin
Lindsey Coffin

February 03, 2015

Babywearing has given me the opportunity to connect with a lot of truly amazing moms around the world. I met some of my closest friends through babywearing and feel truly blessed.

Michelle T
Michelle T

January 30, 2015

Babywearing has taken me tearfree shoe shopping! It usually takes a while to find just the right pair of running shoes, but babywearing keeps my little man happy!

Morgan
Morgan

January 29, 2015

Babywearing has brought us peace and happiness as we carry our tot through the hills of Vermont and a variety of local events. We love how it has helped her see the world from our perspective.

Deanna Lee
Deanna Lee

January 29, 2015

We Babywear, everywhere, with my mr.3 on my back and my 6mo on front. It allows me to interact, bond and go on adventures with my children all while knowing they’re safe. After having tough pregnancies, a traumatic birth and both my boys in NICU it has bought us the closeness that we longed for in the early days. It’s helped with ppd, breastfeeding and is awesome fun for exercise!

Sandra
Sandra

January 29, 2015

Not only in the house and on walks in the park or neighborhood, we wear all the time, shopping, bringing older siblings to their school and afterwards to sports, meeting friends, going out.
To be honest, it makes me feel better to know baby is safer from germs during flu season and no one will ask if they can hold baby ;)

Stephanie
Stephanie

January 28, 2015

everywhere! We live outside the city but love to travel and babywearing is a life saver! We live in Massachusetts and have traveled (and baby wore) to Aruba, Florida, Chicago, Colorado, Missisippi, NYC, Virginia, and many more smaller driveable places in New England

Emily
Emily

January 28, 2015

We babywear everywhere! Love it for naps!

blaire noble
blaire noble

January 28, 2015

My friend presented babywearing to me. I tell you it is a God-send. I am blessed enough to wear my baby to work we even took down part of a wall together with her on my back lol. We have gone to theme parks and long days of shopping and i never would have been able to do it without my wrap. Tallahassee babywearing was a fun trip . Now im having another one and cant wait to wear this little bundle from the beginning now that i have discoved this wonderful life.

lace
lace

January 28, 2015

Babywearing has taken me to countless trips to the grocery store, walks in the park, local festivals and parades, hammocks under the kitchen table, playing horsey with the wraps, and lots of snuggles.

Alison
Alison

January 28, 2015

Babywearing has given me a closeness with my newborn son that I thought I was going to lose when breastfeeding became unsuccessful. I felt like such a failure and feared that I would not have that sort of closeness with him again until we started babywearing. I feel so close to my baby and together we are able to do so much. I am so thankful for babywearing!

Paula Buzgau
Paula Buzgau

January 28, 2015

I’m not wearing Simon now because I’m pregnant and he’s 13 kg,my husband is wearing him,especially at the mall or supermarket becausr he likes to run atound and rearrange stufff?

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

January 28, 2015

Babywearing has taken us on hikes, on walks to the library and farmer’s market, all around our house for naps or just quiet time together . My favorite memories of such a wonderful part of our journey.

joanna
joanna

January 28, 2015

I am Joanna,from Poland.I’m pregnant and in 55 days we gonna have a doughter. I still dont have a wrap.We love yours :)
best regards

Melanie
Melanie

January 28, 2015

I love baby wearing, I was able to keep my infant close while I was at home with her while I took care of the house etc. I hated leaving her down in a crib or bassinet. Now that she is older it is just nice to not have to cart a stroller around. Most recently we had our first ikea visit. My 14mo th old loved being high up, secure and able to see everything! Yay for baby wearing!

Kristina
Kristina

January 28, 2015

Hello :) I am from Czech republic and I love babywearing so much! I can be everywhere with my son and do everything because the life without stroller is easier.

Meghan Morris
Meghan Morris

January 28, 2015

I had three babies in 4 years, so I have had countless adventures while babywearing. Probably my favorite one was climbing the dunes at sleeping bear dunes in northern Michigan. My two year old was happy to climb, but there was no way a stroller was going to make the trek with my 4 month old. Woven wrap to the rescue!

Zdena Janečková
Zdena Janečková

January 28, 2015

I live in Czech Republic and a like babywearing ?
because it is LOVE :-)

Jaime Reich
Jaime Reich

January 28, 2015

Although I don’t travel all over the world, babywearing takes my kids and I to some of my favorite places, especially the Farmer’s Market every Saturday.

Renata Hervertová
Renata Hervertová

January 28, 2015

my sister has babywearing brought me

#babywearing #Giveaway #

leyla ummels
leyla ummels

January 28, 2015

We went to London and Japan!!!!
Japan was amazing <3

Raeanne
Raeanne

January 28, 2015

Oh so many hiking and shopping adventures! I love that having kiddos doesn’t slow us down, but makes the experiences so much more beautiful because we have sweet little minds to share then with!

Michelle Stephens
Michelle Stephens

January 28, 2015

Babywearing has brought us EVERYWHERE! We love to visit Boston and made the mistake of bringing the stroller the first time. Never again. We only do carriers for both our 4 year old and our baby.

In our youngest’s short 3 months she has been to a couple children’s museums, a science museum, art museum, the ballet, shopping at a giant mall, to meet Santa, and everywhere else all wrapped up on me.

Nicole S
Nicole S

January 28, 2015

Babywearing got us through a lot, but probably the biggest was our move/job change/new baby. I don’t reccomend doing those things all together. Ever. Lol. Babywearing made it possible for me to pack boxes, load the car, ship boxes, nurse the baby while nursing the preschooler before she weaned, or just otherwise take care of her while also meeting the constant needs of our then newborn. Did I mention I did all this while my husband was already 700 miles away at his new job, house hunting? Babywearing saved my life.

Marissa
Marissa

January 25, 2015

Babywearing has allowed me to show back up in picture with my family and connect more with my children and become closer to the best mom I want to be :)

Julie
Julie

January 25, 2015

Babywearing has allowed for naps while on busy vacations. LO slept through most of the San Diego zoo and I got to enjoy it with family instead of just sitting somewhere for him to sleep on me.

Kacey
Kacey

January 25, 2015

It has certainly got me all across the country! Our families all live on opposite sides of the country so we have to fly north or east 1500 miles to get to any grandparents. Our first trip was before we learned about babywearing so we had the stroller and all that maddness and it was just awful getting through security smoothly. The next trip I had my wrap and everything was a breeze!

Not to mention it makes everyday shopping with a toddler A LOT easier!

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