I’m 28 years old and from Suffolk, VA. I currently live in Franklin. I have a 3-year old son named Wesley and a 19-month old daughter named Caroline.
How long have you been babywearing?
I have been babywearing for almost 18 months, since my daughter was born in June 2011. I joined BabyCenter when I was pregnant with my son and learned about the benefits of babywearing. I could not afford even a stretchy wrap when he was little so I never got to “wear” him. I did, however, hold him in my arms nonstop. People would tell me to put him down, but I knew that it was best for him to be close to his mommy. I never thought about making my own stretchy wrap when he was little. When my daughter came along, I knew that I would wear her. My mother-in-law got me a [Boba] SleepyWrap the Christmas before she was born, and that is how I began babywearing!
How has it helped you or changed your life as a mom?
Babywearing has made life so much easier. It made it possible for me to still spend time with my son when his baby sister was born. We were able to get out of the house and do things while she was napping happily in the wrap. Also, she was getting quality time with me at the same time. It has definitely made me more attentive to both of my children. I started wearing my son as well, once I got a nice woven wrap. The bonding you get through babywearing is so amazing. When you wear your baby so close to you all the time, you feel more connected with them. You can talk to them more and explain things. If they were sitting in a stroller the communication between the two of you would not be so frequent. So I definitely feel that babywearing has made me more bonded with both of my children and helps me to communicate with them more.
What is your favorite carrier (or carry) and why?
I love woven wraps. Girasol Tahoe is probably my favorite just because it is so soft and cuddly from being worn so much. It is not as supportive as my linen blend Didymos Rosalinde, but still, I think Tahoe is my favorite. I love my toddler Kinderpack for my 3 year old son. He loves that it has dinosaurs on it; I love that it gives wonderful knee to knee support and he feels secure.
|Sara wearing her daughter in Girasol Tahoe|
What is your biggest babywearing accomplishment?
Back wrapping. I tried for so long when my daughter was little to get her on my back and I always failed miserably. I felt like a failure, like I would never get her back there, but I just keep trying, seriously. Finally, one day I got her back there. My wrap job was awful. Seriously, it was the most ridiculous thing you will ever see, but she was back there! After that, babywearing meetings really helped me to get better with my wrap job.
What has been your biggest struggle with babywearing?
I think my biggest struggle has been to stop looking at the wraps. Ha. Really, babywearing is quite addictive and it’s hard not to want more carriers once you start buying them. I used to want tons and tons of carriers, but now I just have a few that I really use and love and I have told myself that I need to be content with what I have.
I just want everyone to know and experience the pure and intense love, joy, warmth, and just overall perfection of wearing your sweet baby close to your heart. It is the most amazing feeling to feel your little one fall asleep on your chest, listening to the sound of your heart. You know your baby is safe and close to you. It is pure perfection.
If you were on a cruise with your children heading to the country of your choice for two weeks, what carrier would you take and why?
Didymos Rosalinde. Because it is supportive enough for both kids and wraps are just pretty. We would go on an Alaskan cruise though. That would be amazing!