Babywearing Hampton Roads

Keeping caregivers and children close since 2013

Meet The Chapter Volunteers!

Chapter Support Volunteers (CSV)

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.”

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.”

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.”

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)

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.”

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.

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.”

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!”

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.”

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.”