For many months, babywearing involves a snuggly sleepy little baby and then one day… BAM- Grabby hands!
I first experienced grabby hands when my son was about 7 months old. I was wearing him on my back and we were shopping at a small store and when I got to the counter to pay, I realized he had picked out another shirt from the rack and had been carrying it around the store! I had to start paying attention, so we would not be arrested for shoplifting.
Things will take you by surprise. For example, I cannot walk by the refrigerator door without my son grabbing it tightly and stopping me in my tracks and opening the refrigerator results in him grabbing the ketchup bottle every time (even though you would think I have learned my lesson!). Just the other day, I was shopping in a store with breakable items, thinking to myself how awesome babywearing allows me to go to such a place with my 18 month old, when he grabbed a vase of flowers off a table behind me that I hadn’t noticed. You get so used to your child being with you, that you often forget their burning desire to explore their world will happen whether they are being worn or walking!
Once the grabby hands phase starts, it becomes important to monitor your environment for safety hazards, just like you do when your child is crawling or walking. Notice what is in their reach from the carrier and make sure it is safe. You will be amazed what your child can reach, even from your back, so make sure sharp objects, cleaning supplies, and other hazardous items are out of grasp. You can also limit grabbing by giving your child a safe object to hold such as a toy, nursing necklace or even food. (hint: this also cuts down on hair pulling!)
Enjoy your babywearing journey and let us know if you have an interesting “grabby hands” stories!
We posted this info on our Facebook page, but, in case you missed it, I’ll talk about it again.
We are so very excited to be involved with the Olives and Applesauce promotional photo shoot. This is something I was personally involved with last year. All of the pics on the main page are local parents.
O&A isn’t in the Peoria area, but the photographer that they use, Treasured Images by Sara, is.
She’s super talented and this is so much fun to be a part of! Olives and Applesauce carriers are near and dear to me. It was the very first soft structured carrier I bought to use with my son.
I still own it and wear him in it from time to time, at 4 1/2. Caren of O&A provided one of the first carrier donations when we were starting up BWI of Peoria. So, I’m very jazzed to be invited to participate again!
This year, they are having a contest to help find models for the shoot. To enter, follow this link. You’ll need to write a short essay about how babywearing has impacted your life and submit a photo of you and your child in an O&A carrier. If you do not own an Olives and Applesauce carrier, you are welcome to borrow a friend’s, come to a meeting and try on one from the lending library or meet up with Anna Hubbard of Once Upon A Sling. Applicants are encouraged to come try on a carrier and take a snapshot of yourselves.
If you choose this route, please also bring someone along with you to take the photo for submission as we can’t be trusted to take your pic for this submission.
If you’re chosen, you’ll be a part of the Olives and Applesauce promotional photo shoot. Your photo will grace the website, their Facebook page, maybe their printed material. You could be a famous babywearing model! You’ll get to choose a photo from your shoot to keep. You’ll WIN a FREE Olives and Applesauce carrier!!! And, you’ll get to have an awesome “authentic Peoria” lunch with all us gals. The photo shoot is Saturday, October 13th, 2012 from approximately noon – 5p.m, in Peoria. Sessions will last 60-90 minutes, so no need to be there the whole day. You will need to travel here at your expense if you are chosen.
The contest is open until midnight on September 15th. BWI of Peoria has 2 meeting before then if you need to try on an O&A, one on the 10th and one on the 15th. Obviously, the O&A will not be available for lending until after the contest deadline.
I can’t wait to meet the winner!