Meet The Chapter Volunteers!

Chapter Support Volunteers (CSV)

14470656_10154702527494258_4504169989135036995_nAshlee B has been Babywearing since February 2016. “My first carrier was an Ergo Galaxy that I found as a great deal while I was pregnant! My favorite carrier is still a Soft-Structured Carrier because it distributes my son’s weight perfectly every time without much effort, which greatly helps my bad back, knees, and hips. Babywearing has helped me the most by creating an environment where I can keep skin contact with my son and even nurse on-the-go while cleaning the house, cooking, or walking around anywhere. My strengths are definitely mostly in SSC’s over all others because I love them all, but I also love wrapping! My most challenging part of Babywearing so far has been learning to back wrap with a woven wrap. I am still learning to overcome this challenge by coming to meetings, working at it, and watching videos to learn new tips and tricks every day!”

 

Ashley B has been babywearing since November 2015. “My first carrier was a stretchy wrap I bought from etsy called a womb wrap which doubled as haramaki prenatal support belly band and then was perfect for me as I could tie it all in place and then just pop him in. My friends would probably say ring slings are my favorite because they always see me with one, and it is my favorite for quick trips and short wears but I love wovens for their versatility and comfort. Wearing has been crucial for me as we worked hard to establish our breastfeeding relationship. It helped me to confidently feed him wherever and whenever necessary. When it comes to babywearing I am willing to try anything once. I think this is my strength. It has allowed us to experiment and figure out what works for me and what works for the little. The initial challenge for me with wearing was understanding all the options that are out there. When I was just casually learning about babywearing it seemed like all the sites implied that 7 would be my base. So initially I didn’t know wraps came larger than a 7. I struggled until figuring out different carries/tying options and that I could buy an 8 or even a 9. Now I just need to find a way to fund all the wovens on my wish list.”

Bobbi M started babywearing in February 2011 with a Moby wrap. “I really like wraps. However, with 3 boys under 6 and our active lifestyle, SSCs are the usual go to when we are out and about. I feel the most comfortable and secure running around with a SSC. Babywearing has helped our family through the many hurdles in infancy, toddlerhood and preschool. My strengths are tandem wearing and toddler wearing. Yes, I even still wear my 5 year old occasionally! Baby #3 has brought about my biggest baby wearing challenge: wiggle-proof carries but a ring sling seems to be just what he likes.”

 

Cheyanne I has been babywearing since July of 2014. “The first carriers that I used were my marley woven wrap and a rainbow woven ring sling. My favorite carrier is my Tula because for me it is the fastest and easiest carrier that I can get right and not hurt my back or shoulders. Babywearing has saved my sanity the most. I watched my sister with twins babywearing, and I saw how much it helped her do everything. I knew I would need the help of babywearing when my child arrived. Babywearing helps me while I am home alone with the baby. I am able to do all of the chores around the house and I’m even able to go shopping easily. My strengths are being able to help new and expecting families find the help they need the most and giving tips to help make their days of babywearing easier. What challenges me the most are front carries because of my hip problems. Back wrapping is hard for me as well because I can’t get my arms reach high enough to get a good seat. I have worked on overcoming this challenge by finding ways to help myself get the seat correct by doing a little hop and sometimes I even ask for help from other educators.”
17022003_1411128502239045_512433862181418940_nElizabeth V started babywearing in February 2015 when her son was about 3 weeks old. “I started out with a moby wrap and a ring sling. Once I figured out the sweet spot with the ring sling, I loved it! I tried several SSCs at first but have found woven wraps to be most comfortable for me, I love the versatility of wrapping. My strengths are wrapping and ring slings. Babywearing has been a great tool for me to snuggle my Velcro baby, get things done around the house and be able to run errands without my cumbersome large stroller! My biggest challenge with babywearing was getting confident at back carries especially feeling like I was getting baby high enough. I like the challenge of learning new carries, so I improved my wrapping skills by practicing regularly.”

16991988_10158167434250184_321291678702792988_oHallie S started babywearing in May of 2014 after the birth of her baby boy! “My very first carrier was a Maya Wrap Ring Sling and I was hooked. My favorite carrier would have to be a SSC just because I feel like I have more stability for a wriggling toddler and its easy to get him up quickly. Babywearing has helped me bond with my son while dealing with PPD and now is helping me be a mom to both of my kids while Daddy is away. I dont think I have any babywearing strengths just yet as everytime I wear either of my children its another opportunity to learn and improve. The most challenging aspect of babywearing for me was back wrapping my son. Lots and lots of tears and quitting just to go back and try again. I am happy I never gave up because it was an amazing sense of accomplishment to finally get it.”

 

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Jessica Z has been babywearing since her son was 2 days old. “We had an urgent cardiologist appointment so we had to be discharged in quite a rush. I was able to wear him at that appointment and it really helped because I was a ball of emotions! My very first carrier was given to me by a friend and it was a Moby wrap. Perfect for newborn wearing! However my most favorite carrier is the Lilibaby. It is super comfortable and it can be worn so many different ways that are safe for baby. Babywearing has helped me by just being convenient. Working full time and keeping a household is tough and babywearing helps me get things done as soon as I get home and baby feels attached to me as well giving us both comfort. My strengths are most definitely soft structured carriers. I feel the most comfortable in them and I love showing new mommas how to use them and make it comfortable for them too! The most challenging part of babywearing is learning a new position in a carrier and or wrap. My toughest challenge was the back carry. It took me so long to gain confidence to wear him without my husbands help! But now we back carry like a champ!”

Joe M started Babywearing in November 2013. “My first carrier was a Maya Wraps ring sling. My favorite carrier is still a ring sling. I like the quick up and downs and how easy they are to use once you get past the initial learning curve. Babywearing has helped me bond with my son; I’m at work most of the day and wearing him when we are out and about or at nap times helps me reconnect with him. My Babywearing strength is that I learn quickly and am able to quickly adapt to new carriers/carries. The most challenging aspect of Babywearing has been my sons wearing “strike.” I’ve found it easiest to just be patient with him and to try a few different carriers as sometimes he would just rather be in the Onbu rather than the ring sling.”

 

16807063_10102139756477973_6688965153343412237_nKaitlinL has been babywearing since March 2014 when her first son was born. “We started with a Baby K’Tan stretchy wrap and fell in love with babywearing! My son had severe reflux and some feeding intolerances that made him super fussy when not held. Babywearing allowed me to meet his needs and get things done around the house, or even just eat a meal. When my second son was born, babywearing became even more of a necessity; I needed to keep up with my busy toddler! My favorite carriers are woven wraps; I love their versatility and trying all the different kinds. I’m knowledgeable about wrapping and SSCs. My biggest babywearing challenge has been working with my wild and sometimes non-cooperative wearees, but I’ve learned some great tricks along the way.” 


Marneé E has babywearing since her daughter was born in October 2015. “Our first carriers were a moby wrap and we were gifted an original ergo. We loved the idea of wrapping and babywearing so much that we quickly started adding to our collection by purchasing a tula. I enjoy using soft structured carriers and ring slings because they are so quick but I’m slowly learning to love woven wraps. I think all of the fancy finishes with woven wraps are so fun! Babywearing has helped me to decrease my postpartum depression so much! Being able to do skin to skin contact with our daughter and learn how to nurse her in a carrier has been one of my biggest motivating factors in helping others learn how to babywear. It is so empowering to be able to feed your baby and be able to get out of the house, especially when they are in the newborn stages. I think one of my strengths, when it comes to babywearing, is my passion for learning new techniques. I’m not scared to try new things and I love mastering different skills. I was terrified of learning how to back wrap with a woven wrap and a mei tai but after practicing, it wasn’t nearly as scary as I thought it would be!”

 

14333569_10209249980959347_1256700183901090408_nNicole L has been babywearing since February 2016. “My first carrier was a moby wrap that I bought on clearance! My favorite carrier (so far) is my lime woven wrap because It was a very generous gift and I have been able learn so many different carries with it. I think one of my strengths in babywearing is spreading the word about the benefits of it, many people ask me about my wraps and I’m happy to assure them their baby is highly unlikely to fall out if they try it. My favorite challenge in babywearing was back carrying in a woven. Its so exciting for both of us for him to have the best seat in the house!”

Paul C has been babywearing since February 2015. His first carrier was a moby wrap. Paul’s favorite carrier is his beloved Mei Dai. Babywearing has helped him the most by helping his baby go to sleep while he codes or plays video games. His biggest strength when it comes to babywearing is making is totally ok for anyone to just pick up and learn a new carrier. Learning to be open to new types of carries has been one of the most challenging aspects to babywearing for him.
16905079_1879273492357904_4243334768278220812_oVeronica V first attempted to babywear in Summer 2012 with her second daughter, but successfully started wearing full time in 2014, right before her son’s first birthday. “I’ve since worn him and my youngest daughter.My first carrier was a gently used SSC I had purchased from a friend, my collection of styles and types of carriers has grown since. In my experimentation of different carrier types, I’ve learned that I like SSC best, specifically the meh dai. They are much more comfortable on my back and and I feel more in control or the carrier when wearing them as opposed to slings or wraps. Babywearing has been immensely helpful. Not only does it bring my closer to my younger children, but as a mommy of 4, I find I can do things I couldn’t really do while holding my kids. It also have given me a more sense of freedom since I now do more outdoor activities with my family without worrying if I have the right equipment to travel with. I always keep a carrier in the car! I believe SSC’s are my strongest subject since its what I’ve used longest and learn quickest. It’s given me confidence to learn how to use new styles and types of SSCs, and I love showing my fellow mommy friends how easy it is to wear their babies. My most challenging has definitely been wrapping, I have learned and gotten the hang of basic carries, thanks to groups like ours, BWIofHR.”
Zee H has babywearing since September 2015. “The first carrier I ever used was the Boba wrap. My favorite carrier is a woven wrap because it provides me with many carry options. Babywearing has helped me multitask and keep my little one close. So far I feel confident in the wrapping department, I’m working on the SSCs. The most challenging thing about baby wearing for me was getting my daughter on my back. I was initially scared to “superman” her onto my back. I went to a meeting and got some great advice and help. I was determined to back carry so… here we are…shes on my back any opportunity I get.”



Volunteer Babywearing Educators (VBE)

Amy B started babywearing in May 2011. “My first carrier was a Moby that I used as soon as my son weighed 5 lbs. My favorite carrier is a woven wrap because of its versatility, but I love all carriers depending on the circumstance. Babywearing has helped me in so many ways. My first was colicky and demanded constant carrying, babywearing made that easier. It’s also made chasing a 3 year old with a newborn possible. I would say my strengths are wrapping and soft structured carriers. The most challenging for me was wrapping, but lots of practice and tips from VBEs has helped.”

Anne D has been babywearing since August 2013. “I began my babywearing journey when my daughter was a few days old. I had serious and rare postpartum complications. A dear friend who was an experienced babywearer came to my home and taught me how to use my carriers. She was a lifesaver! We started with a Moby wrap and a pouch sling. Babywearing allowed me to hold and care for my baby during those tough early days. Eventually, we went on to try other carriers. My preference leans more towards woven wraps and ring slings. Although, I have experience with SSCs and Onbuhimos. Babywearing has allowed my husband and I to travel and continue our active lifestyle with our daughter. Now, I volunteer to share the babywearing love and pay forward the help that was given to me.”


Brittany M has been babywearing since October 2013. “My first carrier was a boba wrap, then shortly after a boba 3G soft structured carrier. My favorite carrier is a ring sling because it is quick and easy for ups, downs, and naps. Babywearing has helped me most by allowing me to get back out and about which helped me feel like my old self again. My strengths are wraps and ring slings. The most challenging thing for me was wrapping and with practice and a lot of determination, I overcame it.”

09bbe-catherineCatherine V started babywearing in September 2015. “My best friend (and fellow BWI member) was wearing her youngest and my interest was piqued. By the time little boy came along I could hardly wait to begin. My first wrap was a Pavo Duet and woven wraps are still my favorites — I like the way they hold baby so close and the satisfaction of learning a new intricate carry appeals to the academic in me. I love how babywearing makes it possible to run around after my active four-year-old without sacrificing snuggle time with my baby. I feel like wrapping is my strength, though I still have a lot to learn. But what I lack in slipknot skill I make up for with heaps of enthusiasm!”

Christine M been babywearing since November 2014. “I fell in love with babywearing on vacation in 2008 watching a random mom in a park wrap her baby, so once I was pregnant I bought a used Moby and registered for an Ergo 360. They were great but I wanted to learn more so I came to a BWIofHR meeting when my son was 4 months old. My favorite carriers vary for the task I need to do. Ring slings are so convenient for quick tasks, soft structured carriers are an easy way to get baby up for grocery trips and walks, and woven wraps are amazing for support, artistry, and skill. I consider babywearing one of the top parenting tools I have. It keeps my son safe, happy, and close, it fosters a strong nursing relationship, and it is the best thing I can do if I have a tired toddler who needs a nap. I also find that the pride I have in successfully completing a new wrap carry helps me overcome my shyness and some of my body image issues. Simply put, I feel happier and smile bigger when wearing my kiddo. My biggest challenge has been mastering back carries with a woven wrap, but now that I’m becoming more confident with it I’m planning to become a VBE soon so that I can help other moms and dads feel the babywearing confidence too.”


Concha M has been babywearing since November 2013. My first carrier was a ring sling, there was a bit of a learning curve initially, but once a VBE at the first meeting I attended showed me how to use it it was my go-to carrier my son’s first year. My current favorite carrier is a woven wrap. My son is not very patient and has only started really enjoying being wrapped the last couple of months. When he doesn’t have the patience for a wrap, we use a Mei Tai. When my son was born we had a lot of trouble breastfeeding. Babywearing helped us to establish and maintain our breastfeeding relationship as I was able to easily feed him whenever and wherever we were. My main strength is with a Mei Dai but I am finding I use wraps more often and am getting to be more confident with them as my son gets older. Wrapping has definitely been a challenge. My son has always been very wiggly and he easily pops his seat in most carries. As he has gotten older, he is much more patient and I have found that making sure he has a toy to play with while wrapping him keeps him busy. I’ve also found I have to keep moving as he is very curious and likes to people watch. If I stop for too long he gets frustrated and wants down so he can explore by himself. Babywearing can be challenging at times, but seeing my son happy and relaxed (or completely passed out) in his carrier makes all the practice worth it.



Dani D has been wearing since her little brother was born, but has been more actively wearing since her daughter was born in August 2013. “My first carrier was a KoKaDi Erna im Wunderland woven wrap and we still use it often. I like woven wraps the best because of how versatile and diverse they are. You can do any carry and they come in so many pretty patterns. I also love that they come in a wide range of price points so I can be budget conscious while wearing. I live a very active life and needed a way to enjoy close time with my baby and still be able to accomplish what I need to. I enjoy wrapping and learning new ways to do it and feel it is my strength. I practice practice practice until I get it right and LOVE to share wrapping with friends. In the beginning, getting a deep seat was SO hard. I still struggle with my little seat popper, but I’ve enjoyed learning to troubleshoot while dealing with a wiggly baby.”


Deidre J started wearing in 2009 with her first son. “We started with a Babyhawk mei dai before getting an SSC (Angelpack). It wasn’t until my second son was born in 2012 that I discovered wrapping. Now I prefer wraps for their versatility and comfort. Babywearing has helped me stay connected with my babies while caring for my older children, as well as doing basic tasks like eating and cleaning. I would say my strengths are using mid-length wraps, talking about fibers and warm weather wearing. I found it challenging to keep up with our changing needs as my second son grew from baby to toddler but I’m hoping it will be easier with my third son. The babywearing community has always been a great resource for me, whether it was finding out about different carries or which wraps fit our needs.”

Donna C has been babywearing since February 2015. “I came to my first Babywearing International meeting while I was still pregnant. I was so happy to practice using a ring sling with a floppy beanbag baby before attempting it with a floppy newborn baby. Our first carrier was a DIY tablecloth shortie in a front rebozo carry. That wrap is still in heavy rotation with us now, we use it in a simple hip carry, Half Jordan Back Carry, or wrapped around us like a shawl to keep the wind off. My favorite carriers are woven wraps because they are so versatile and flexible. My go-to carrier is a Mei Dai to quickly toss my baby up in the front or in the back, for shopping, nursing, or napping. I love that they can be an inexpensive option that fits a variety of needs. I love that they are multitaskers and able to fulfill many different needs. I became more confident in my parenting choices as a result of wearing my baby. You can’t help but be visible when there’s a baby strapped to your body, so I wear my baby with pride and delight. When I first started wearing my baby out in public, I struggled with feelings of self consciousness and fear of criticism. Thanks to the wonderful babywearing community and VBEs who helped me wear my baby safely and comfortably, I overcame my uncertainty and I am 100% confident it’s the right fit for me and my baby.”

Jacquie B has been babywearing since August 2013. “My first carrier was a Moby wrap, which I quickly traded for a Baby K’Tan. My favorite carrier is Soft Structured Carrier because it is quick and easy. Babywearing has help me in so many ways but most I can keep baby close while still having my hands free to get things done. My strengths are using Soft Structured Carrier because we use it every day! My most challenging aspect of babywearing for me is wrapping, I am overcoming it by practicing all the time! Practice makes progress!!!”

Jade P has been babywearing since 2012. “My first carrier was a Moby Wrap. Although in each situation one carrier type may be better than others, I find woven wraps suit me best in most situations. I am able to customize wraps to provide the best support for my body. In my nine months of babywearing, my husband has been gone for two-thirds of them. Babywearing has provided me with the tools necessary to get through each day, such as hands to clean or cook with or a tool to make naps happen. When it comes to babywearing, I feel I’m most comfortable with wrapping. The biggest challenge I find with babywearing is getting everything just right the first time. I tend to go back and take out slack or spread passes after the job is done. Plenty of practice is helping me overcome this issue.”

 

Jaime J has been babywearing since February 2014. “My first carrier was a Moby, which I loved at the time. My favorite carrier is a woven wrap because it is so versatile. Babywearing allows me to get things done, keeps me from lugging a huge car seat around, and allows me continuous snuggles. I would say my strengths are wrapping, specifically back carries, ring slings, and SSC back carries. Babywearing can be very challenging and overwhelming, but practice, practice, practice, through the sweat and tears, and you can get it. I have a hard time watching videos and getting a carry, so finding someone to take a couple minutes to walk me through a carry has really helped, then I can go home and practice.”

 

Katie H has been babywearing since 2012. “My first carrier was a borrowed Moby and shortly after I purchased an Ergo Sport. It is arguably my favorite carrier but I think one reason I love it so much is because it was my first and drew me into the love of babywearing. I really don’t have a favorite carrier but a favorite carrier for every occasion. I love having the opportunity to spend time on a intricate wrap for a long stroll with the family or a quick hip carry in the ring sling for walking in and out of stores. Babywearing has given me the opportunity to share closeness, comfort and development with both of my children from the comfortable environment of my body. It has also given my the ability to get things accomplished with my little ones at hand ( or back). I feel most confident in ring slings , mei tais and ssc’s. While I love to wrap I think my biggest challenge has been finding a position that is comfortable for my little one and myself. I just have to choose the appropriate time when he’s feeling patient enough for me to really take my time to get a deep seat and secure carry. I love babywearing international and am so please to be able to share my knowledge and love of babywearing!”

f912c-rochelleRochelle W started babywearing in October 2014. “My son was late preterm, tiny, and had to be held all the time and I desperately needed a solution that would allow me the use of both hands. My first carrier was a Moby. After some research I came across the Moby as being the best for small babies and decided to give it a try, figuring it couldn’t hurt. My favorite carrier/carry has changed to accommodate my needs and as my son has gotten older but currently I am all about woven wraps. I like the versatility of them and I have found that it’s really the one thing that keeps my kid still (assuming I can get him up in the first place). Babywearing has helped me maintain closeness with my growing little person. There is also the added benefit that it keeps my runner from running off. I think my strength when it comes to babywearing is SSC’s. They are what I have the most experience with. The most challenging aspect of babywearing has been woven wraps. There are more components to wrapping than SSC’s and I’m just beginning to figure it out. Consistent practice to become familiar with the different carries has helped me overcome the challenges.”

587cf-13507045_10157027370690032_4282894858952832643_n Samantha R has been wearing since March of 2009 with a pouch sling. “It was our first carrier and I loved having him close. My favorite carrier would probably be a soft structured carrier, I feel very confident getting it on and baby placed securely. For me Babywearing has helped me the most as our family grew. I felt very awkward going out with two kids alone and even more with three. I always feel like I need to have a hand on them all. Since growing a third hand wasn’t possible, I rely heavily on baby wearing! I think a strength of mine is tandem wearing. I do it quite a bit with both of my little girls. Wrapping has definitely been a challenge for me, but I am so excited to finally be able to get it now!! It took going to meetings and lots of YouTube. I feel like I am really getting it now!”

14264182_10154120462452881_2138436299859622648_nStephanie C-M has been babywearing since her oldest was born in May 2004. “My first carrier was a Maya Wrap ring sling, and second was my husband’s Baby Bjorn front pack. It is hard for me to pick one favorite style of carrier because they each serve a useful purpose, but if pressed, my favorite is a ring sling. Ring slings are perfect for tiny newborns and also for big toddlers who need to be up and down frequently. Ironically, learning to use a ring sling properly was probably my biggest challenge! It was quite a long learning curve for me, and it finally *really* clicked after getting some great pointers from babywearing educators, years after I had started to teach myself. One of my strengths is working with new caregivers to help them get comfortable with using their carriers. Babywearing has been most helpful to me by letting me meet the needs of multiple children at once. Wearing a newborn and learning to breastfeed in a carrier enabled me to keep up with my active toddler and school aged kids, and keep us all happier. Babywearing is one of my favorite parenting tools and I love to share the skill with others.”

Suzanne W has been babywearing since January 2012. “My first carrier was a Ring Sling. It was difficult to use at the time mainly because I didn’t have the proper instruction or guidance in its proper use. My favorite carrier is different depending on the age of the child. For small infants I prefer a Ring Sling. When children grow a bit and start to sit up, I prefer a Mei Dai, and for older children I prefer a Soft Structured Carrier. Babywearing has helped me give my son the extra comfort and security he needs when he feels especially anxious. It also helps keep him safe when we are out doing errands because he likes to explore. My strengths in babywearing are Soft Structured Carriers and Mei Dais. My biggest struggle with babywearing came in the form of self esteem. Being a bigger mom, I was constantly worried I wouldn’t find a carrier to fit me properly. It was harder to learn some carries because of my body type. I didn’t give up; I kept asking around for different types of carriers and how to do different carries so I could adapt them slightly to fit my body. That is the beauty of babywearing: it is adaptable for every parent, every child, and every body.”