Name/ages of children: Adelaide (Ada), 11 months
When/with what did you start wearing? I started wearing Adelaide shortly after she was born in a Sakura Bloom linen ring sling that was a baby gift from one of my closest friends.
How did you first hear about/what first brought you to BWI B’ham? Several friends told me about the group...and I finally came to a meeting in December of 2014. Adelaide was four months old and just starting to fit in our Ergo. I came to the meeting because I wanted to try a different soft structured carrier than the Ergo, and I also wanted to make sure she was properly positioned when hip carrying in our ring sling.
Favorite part of volunteering with BWI? I truly enjoy meeting all of our members and their adorable babies! But, I have to say that my favorite part of volunteering has been getting to know my fellow volunteers. Never have I worked in such a drama free group of women! Everyone honestly has such a genuine heart for our community...it's so incredible to be a part of it.
What’s one thing you wish you could tell all new babywearers? Don't just try one type of carrier and decide babywearing isn't for you. (If having the ability to hold your baby AND do anything else is for you, then babywearing is for you.) Most likely we can either help you get comfortable with what you have, or we can help you figure out what type of carrier would best suit you. Every caregiver/baby duo is unique...and what works for your sister or BFF may hurt your shoulder or make you stress-sweat trying to figure out how to get it adjusted. My advice is to keep an open mind and try new things until something clicks.
If you could only have one carrier what would it be? Hands down my Risaroo Wovens wrap conversion ring sling. Nothing beats the ease of a ring sling for quick in and outs...and it's also my favorite type of carrier for baby snuggles. I found the single layer linen to not be supportive enough once Ada reached a certain weight, but the wrap conversion ring sling is perfection.
Most, in your opinion, underrated carrier in our library? It'a not necessarily "underrated"...but, I'd love to see more people giving woven wraps a try. That's funny for me to say because I am still somewhat intimidated by them. But, when I have managed to get everything tightened properly in a wrap, there is nothing quite like it as far as weight distribution and overall comfort go. I particularly love the Natibaby Miloris (3 & 5) and the Pavo Swallowtail (4) that we have in the library.
What's the most memorable thing you've done while babywearing? My husband's grandmother passed away in March, and I was anxious about how my (then 7 month old) little one would be during the memorial service and throughout that day. She got restless almost the moment we arrived. I put her in our sling, swayed for a bit in the back of the room and she fell fast asleep for almost two hours. There was something about that moment...the feeling of having my daughter sleeping so peacefully on my chest during such an emotional day...it was comforting in a way that I will never forget.
Care to give a shout out to someone (doesn’t have to be part of our group) who inspired you or helped you find the babywearing love? My irreplaceable friend, Katy McCay. She gifted me our Sakura Bloom, and made sure I felt comfortable using it. She is the mother of five incredible kids, one of whom can most often be found snuggled close to her in a silk ring sling. Katy makes motherhood look almost effortless, and still somehow finds the time to be the most encouraging, present and authentic friend to me. Everyone needs a Katy.
What was your funniest BC (before children) misconception about raising kids? I think I underestimated the amount of energy it takes to take care of a baby and also get all the other "life" things done. I've learned to focus on the most important things and give myself grace with the others.