We’re so excited about a big event coming up, the World Breastfeeding Week Celebration!
This event is near and dear to me. This will be the fifth year for me to attend this event, the fourth as a babywearing educator. (Well, last year, someone got carsick on the way there, so I had to miss out, but anyway.) This is one of the first events I attended as an educator, when my son was just a toddler. As a nursing mama, I love this event. I know how babywearing can make nursing soooo much easier, so it’s awesome for me to be able to share that with mamas who need the help. Being able to nurse hands free, especially when you have older children, is fantastic. Being able to nurse discreetly in public, when you are nervous about being overexposed, is invaluable.
If you’d like more info about nursing in a carrier, nursing not in a carrier, using a carrier while not nursing, if you are a breastfeeding mom, were a breastfeeding mom, are a partner to a breastfeeding mom, even if you just want to support breastfeeding moms, come out to this great event!
See the part in the flier that mentions “babywearing style show”? That’s us! In addition to having a booth with all the carriers in our library, plus great info and our fabulous certified Volunteer Babywearing Educators, we’ll be putting on the Babywearing Style Show. Come see some of our beautiful carriers in action. We’ll also be providing some great items for the giveaways, including a few terrific items donated by Olives and Applesauce!
The BB Slen is a well-traveled wrap! It came with my little family on a trip to north central Colorado. Only a mere 30 miles south of the most destructive wildfire in Colorado’s history, we went on a mile long hike in the Front Range foothills of the Rocky Mountains at Heil Valley Ranch. I tossed my 18-lb, 14-month old on my back in a rucksack carry.
It was a comfortable 70-something degree, overcast day at the beginning of our hike, which was an improvement from 99 degrees the day before! By the end of the hike, the sun had come out, and I could feel the sweat was rolling.
What I love most about this wrap and rucksack carry is the even distribution of weight on my back. There aren’t any pressure points, and when tied tightly (with the help of my lovely husband), Baby felt snug and secure. I could jiggle side to side, and she wasn’t going to go anywhere. Safety was a big factor here, especially considering the rocky and uneven terrain we were hiking on. Thank goodness, I did not end up getting winded, as it was a nice, leisurely hike, even considering the altitude.
The absolute best part of all…having your sweet little one fall asleep while being worn. To me, as a mother, nothing is more validating than having a happy, content, SLEEPING baby while I get to enjoy mother nature. To keep her sleeping, bobble-head secure, I just had my husband help pull the sides of the wrap up on either side of her, while making sure her face was still visible and her airways free.
Overall, we had a fantastic hike. Thank you so much to Babywearing International of Peoria for letting us borrow this beautiful wrap for our trip!!!!
I’ll be honest. I love this carrier. It fits my body just right and I love it.
A little about Tula carriers, from our correspondence with the owner, Ula, who generously sold us the carrier at cost for the library:
This weekend we went up to the lake. My 14 month old was anxious to explore and I was anxious about him being near the water.
He is at the age where he isn’t able to control his actions and we have to always stay close by. Babywearing allowed us to walk down to the water and on the docks and feel secure. My son could see the water, the boats and the fish but he wasn’t tempted to run into the water or lean over the dock.
We went boating and I kept him in the carrier while walking to the boat and loading (where he then put on his lifejacket). Wearing him also made it easier to help my 3 year old around the water. The carrier pictured here is the Pognae from the BWI library!
On June 19, 2012, my little brother was injured during a grenade attack in Afghanistan while serving in the US Army. He was flown to Germany, then finally back to Walter Reed Hospital in Washington DC.
He had shrapnel pieces from the grenade in his back, legs, butt, and feet, and also a concussion. It was a scary call to get, and so my sister and I, along with my two small children, decided to drive the 14 hours from our home in Illinois to see him in our nation’s capitol. My girls are 6 and 22 months, so we knew this trip was going to be a long and tiring adventure for them. The car ride seemed to stretch on forever and limited my physical contact with my baby; something we aren’t used to! Thank goodness for babywearing. During the 4 days we were there, I constantly wore my almost 2 year old in a soft structured Boba. She napped in it each day and fell asleep in it at night when we were still out and about at bedtime. We used public transportation a lot (Metro, bus, trolley)
and also walked many places. I was so grateful to put her on my back and have her safe and close by, without having to lug a stroller around. I was also able to hold my big girl’s hand and make sure she was always accounted for as well. The biggest bonus to wearing her was that I think it truly gave her a sense of security and comfort. We were in many unfamiliar places and saw many sad and scary things, but she was on mama’s back, a place she knows so well, and a place that she loves. It was a whirlwind of a trip, but one we won’t forget.
My brother is doing much better now. He still cannot walk on his left ankle, as it was damaged by shrapnel. He’ll be in Washington DC for awhile, receiving therapy, both physical and emotional. Many of his fellow service members were not as lucky as he was.
I am so thankful for babywearing and also so grateful for men and women like my brother, willing to give the greatest sacrifice so that we can live free in America.
Now to show you how to wear the pouch with a twist. This way is really nice if the sling is slightly too large.