Amanda Ellis Rice, BWI Mentor
Name(s)/Age(s) of children
Maiz: 6 Eliott: 6 months
When/with what did you start wearing?
I started wearing when my 6 year old was just a few days old. We used a ring sling from the library!
How did you first hear about us or what first brought you to BWI B'ham?
A friend recommended BWI to me while I was pregnant with Maiz.
Favorite part of volunteering with BWI B'ham?
I love meeting members and finding out why and how they benefit or need to benefit from baby wearing.
What's one thing you wish you could tell all new babywearers?
Try carriers until you find something you love. Just because one style doesn't work for you doesn't mean that with a little help, you can't find something that you and baby love and benefit from.
If you could only use one carrier, what would it be?
Only one?!?! I guess it would be a light and airy mei tai that is versatile in carries and seasonal use!
Most, in your opinion, underrated carrier in our library?
The orange and flowery pod! I loved it as Maiz got a little bigger and will definitely use it as Eliott grows!
Favorite thing to do while babywearing?
I love to hike while baby wearing!
Care to give a shout out to someone who inspired or helped you to find the babywearing love?
Susie Spence and Mandy Welch! They were both volunteers when I first joined BWI years ago and helped me fall in love with wearing!
You have two weeks' vacation with the kids - where do you go?
We would travel Southeast Asia and India!
If a friend suddenly dropped by to watch the kids for the rest of the day, what would you end up doing?
Find an all day yoga class and dive in!