Babywearing of Hampton Roads

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Babywearer of the Month: Kate

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 Meet Kate!

Please provide a brief bio on yourself (name, age, where you’re from, how long you’ve lived here, how many children you have (their ages)…)
Hi! I am a 31-year-old California native. I was raised in the Santa Cruz/Monterey area and went to a private ‘hippy’ school in the Santa Cruz mountains from 2nd grade through graduation. I say hippy, because there was no meat allowed in the school microwaves (hence, I am a vegetarian), we took our shoes off when we entered classrooms, had a school horse, dogs and cats, had optional Sanskrit names (mine was Prabha), and spent many lunch hours swimming in the lake on campus or hiking in the woods. I went to college at the University of California, Davis near Sacramento, CA where I met my future husband.  After graduating, we moved to San Francisco where I worked as a graphic designer at an advertising agency and my hubby went to grad school for his doctorate in Psychology. After that, we moved down to San Diego for a year of navy psychology training and then got married and moved here! We’ve been here for 4 years and love it! I work from home as a graphic designer and two years ago we had our son, Henry. We’ll be here for another year until we move up to Bethesda, Maryland so my husband can go to medical school. It will be hard for me to move because I’ve made so many great friends here.

How long have you been babywearing? Share how you learned about it or got involved.

I have been babywearing since Henry was born, although I wasn’t very educated in it at first. My mother actually gave me my first carrier (that she carried me in). It’s a vintage corduroy Snugli that surprisingly has a proper seat, although it wasn’t super comfortable for me and it wasn’t very stylish JWe also got a Bjorn at a consignment store that I wore for about a month before it started hurting; and I had some Hotsling pouches that I used. I found out about the babywearing group from my breastfeeding group and after that got into wrapping and trying out a lot of different SSC’s.
How has it helped you or changed your life as a mom (dad/caregiver)?
Babywearing has helped out tremendously in practical ways, like going through the airport by myself and shopping, but it also has helped create a really wonderful bond between my son and I. I think it’s helping me raise a caring, secure, affectionate little person.

What is your favorite carrier (or carry) and why? Feel free to chat about what carriers you like best, which ones you’ve tried, anything pertaining to carriers.

My favorite carriers right now are my Kinderpacks because they really help support a toddler’s weight. I have tried a lot of carriers though and have owned some wraps, ring slings, pouches, and a lot of SSCs. I was really into getting customs for awhile, and had Dream Carriers, Bamberoos, Kangas, and an Olive & Applesauce as well as a Beco Butterfly and Babies in Space. The carriers I still have besides my Kinderpacks are a SBP Ring sling, a few wraps, a couple Dream Carriers, a Kanga and a Bamberoo. I love them all, but mostly I’m saving them for my next baby and just using the Kinderpacks now.

What is your biggest babywearing accomplishment?

My biggest accomplishment would be wrapping for awhile. I never got the hang of wrapping Henry on my back, but I got good at wrapping him on my front when he was smaller, and felt proud of myself for that because wrapping was hard for me.

What has been your biggest struggle with babywearing?

My biggest struggle has actually been some of the negativity I’ve gotten from some of my friends. I have a lot of friends who don’t babywear and don’t understand why I do, or why I need so many carriers. I try not to let it bother me but I do find myself avoiding wearing new carriers around them because I know I’ll get a comment about it.

What do you want others to know about babywearing?

I want others to know that babywearing is the most natural thing in the world and that strollers are a relatively new thing.  We could all use a little more affection and love in our lives and babywearing is an easy and natural way to give that to our children.
If you were on a cruise with your children heading to Europe for two weeks, what carrier would you take and why?
I would take a Kinderpack because it is the most comfortable for long periods of time while exploring, and I would also maybe take a ring sling in case I needed any quick up and downs for short trips.
Anything else you’d like to share about babywearing?
It is so short-lived! Whenever I feel guilty about buying another carrier or hoarding some of the smaller-sized carriers I have, I realize that my babies are only going to be babies for a nanosecond of my life and babywearing will be over before I know it. So, I’m getting all the snuggles that I can in all the pretty carriers that I can, while I still can! Lol.

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