Carry Them Close: Let’s Begin… (part 1)

Early on in my months of research, I learned about the wonderful world of babywearing. The thought that I could do something with one or both of my hands while snuggling with my child sounded like a win-win! But let me just say that I was not prepared for the layers upon layers of information available for babywearing. I was overwhelmed. What type of baby carrier should I get? I learned there were five types of carriers: Wraps, Ring Slings, Pouch Slings, Mei Tais—not to be confused with a Mai Tai (yum!)—and Buckle Carriers or Soft Structured Carriers (SSCs). So where should I begin?!

Thanks to my friend Google, I found Babywearing International (BWI) which proved to be an excellent resource. BWI led me to a couple Facebook groups, which in turn led me to my first babywearing playdate! If you’re even the slightest bit interested in babywearing, I could not urge you enough to go to a playdate. Seriously. Do it. It doesn’t matter if you’re newly pregnant, about to pop, or pushing your tiny love in a stroller. If you want to learn about babywearing, this is the place to start. You will be wrapped in love (did I mention I love puns?) and support at these gatherings.

The moment I arrived at the playdate I saw what the fuss was all about. There is so much beauty in babywearing. Babywearing is more than a convenience. It provides an incredible bonding experience between mothers and their tiny loves. Mamas were nursing, snuggling and enjoying the park while babywearing. These Mamas were happy, and their babies were calm, comfortable and content. I wanted to cry (darn hormones). I couldn’t wait for the moment my sweet boy and I could enjoy this experience. And the icing on the cake: there are some truly gorgeous carriers! As someone who is easily enamored by pretty things, I knew this was going to be dangerous. I left my first playdate feeling more informed and excited about this path towards learning my mommy style.

So for those not following, let me give you the TL;DR:

  • Find your local BWI chapter and join as many Facebook groups as possible!
  • Attend a playdate. If you’re shy, grab a friend, or message the Babywearing educators before the playdate to break the ice.
  • If you’re pregnant, definitely ask them educators to wrap your belly! It’s dreamy.
  • If your baby is earthside, try on as many carriers as possible. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t immediately understand how to do fancy wrap job, or nurse in the ring sling. There is a learning curve for some carriers, and the more you practice the better you’ll get!

Here are some of my favorite resources for getting started in babywearing:

Photo by: Salt+Light Photography

Snuggling in a Lenny Lamb SSC at a PAX Playdate in Corona Del Mar, CA.

Photo by: by Salt+Light Photography


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