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Babywearer of the Month: Meet Kayla!

Hello I’m Kayla, 25 years old, I’m originally from South Carolina, but moved to Virginia when I joined the Navy in 2008 and haven’t left yet. I have three boys Carson (5), Evan (4), and Charleston (1).
Despite having three offspring I’ve only been baby wearing for a little under two years. I was pregnant with my third and my husband (also Navy) transferred back to sea duty, I realized I needed something to hold my baby in so I would be able to chase my runner (Evan) and not leave the baby behind in a stroller. I also decided a couple months later to jump in the hiking community where I learned so much more about baby wearing and really “dove” into the babywearing community and all its different options.
Babywearing has given me the confidence as a mom of three to get out there. It has really made my life easier and I feel like I have no limits when it comes to being active in my community. I often joke that I will wear my youngest to college.
My favorite carrier would have to be Tula. I’ve had various brands throughout my journey in baby wearing but Tula has given me the most comfort in the terms of my growing boys. I literally can carry my 46lb four year old in my toddler Tula and feel nothing. I’m also partial to my Olives and Applesauce baby carrier. It has infant insert in it which was super convenient when he was little.
I feel like my biggest babywearing accomplishment is spreading the love. I have extra carriers that I loan out on my hikes, at soccer practice, or to my everyday friends.
My biggest struggle is by far the judgement that comes with it. “Isn’t he a little big to be in there?” “He’s crying because you’re hurting him in that contraption” “Why don’t you just let me take him down”. I try to ignore the ignorance but it’s hard to be judged.
I want others to know that baby wearing is awesome. It doesn’t matter what you wear them in just hold them close. They won’t be little forever.

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Babywearer of the Month: Meet Donna!

Hi Everyone! My name is Donna, I am 32. I moved down to Virginia Beach ten years ago from Arlington to move in with my husband Paul. I have one baby named Maggie, she is almost 15 months old! I’ve been wearing Maggie since she was 4 days old. I learned about babywearing from watching a dear friend wear her kids and seeing the strong bond of trust and attachment between them. I went to my first BWIofHR meeting the month before Maggie was born, I just could not wait. 
Babywearing got me through that first difficult month of learning to live with a newborn when we struggled quite a bit. We weren’t breastfeeding well, nobody was sleeping, I didn’t know what to do and I had very little confidence in myself. There was one thing I did know how to do and that was popping my baby in a sling and going out for a walk. Somehow that kept us both calm enough to get through the day. That helped me feel confident and capable as a mother and caregiver and that’s what made me want to become a Volunteer Babywearing Educator (VBE) with BWIofHR. There is no feeling more satisfying to me than helping a caregiver adjust their carrier just right and suddenly it all makes sense. 
My favorite carriers are wraps and ring slings. I love trying different brands and I especially love discovering high quality wraps at budget-friendly prices. In the short time that I’ve known about babywearing it feels like there has been so much progress made toward providing better quality and value in wraps. My favorite brands lately are Ethos, Kokoskaa, Bijou, and I have my eyes on a company in India called Soul Slings which I hope to try out soon. 
Something I struggle with sometimes is deciding which carrier I want to bring with me. There are so many factors to consider! Will Maggie want to nurse? Will she want to nap? Are we going to be out for a long time? Should I bring a long wrap or short? Maybe the meitai? I don’t really want to carry a lot with me so maybe a ring sling? The solution, clearly, is to bring them all with me.
One thing I want others to know about babywearing is that it is a valuable parenting tool that helps us meet our babies’ biological and physiological need to be held as well as cope with the demands of our modern lives. It’s become such a huge part of how I parent and I hope one day Maggie will remember how it felt to be carried by me.
Do you know someone who should be Babywearer of the Month? Nominate them!