I first met Lauren over a conversation about a Southern Maryland BWI exclusive wrap on our local babywearing Facebook group. Even though Maryland never truly felt like home, it was so comforting to know someone else from the Old Line State down here in Florida.
Our first face-to-face meeting was at a babywearing fashion show; we were both models! That's when I learned that she had a Wrapsody Lily Breeze for her little Lily. Of course I asked if she would model for me and share her babywearing story. Seriously, how sweet is it to have a wrap with your child's name?
Fast forward to the date of our session. We were welcomed with a low tide, able to walk into the ocean without wetting our knees all the way to a nearshore reef. And, as it also happened, we were fortunate in our timing in that she was holding two babes: a 14 month old in her wrap and a 14 week old in her womb. How serendipitous our meetings have been. :) Congrats momma!
How did you first get into babywearing? A friend of mine from high school is a babywearing leader for Babywearing International Southern Maryland chapter. After seeing her many posts and pictures on Facebook about babywearing, I asked her about it when my daughter was about 2 months old. My daughter was cluster feeding and always wanting to be held, and I felt like I was trapped on the couch constantly! I also knew the dangers of placing her car seat on top of the shopping cart, and with her seat in the basket of the cart I was limited to small shopping trips. I knew babywearing would be a safe alternative and give me more options when out and about. It also helped because Lily fell asleep every time I wore her!
What does babywearing mean to you? Now, babywearing is not only a matter of convenience, but a bonding experience. I believe babies were meant to be held. It is an instinct. Looking at history, and how mothers managed to live their lives before all the modern strollers, seats, and other things that have only been around recently, they have been getting it done without any of those modern "conveniences". I also totally believe a held baby is a calm, soothed, happy baby. It helped me continue breastfeeding, and enabled me to bond with my daughter while also being able to continue my life. Even going to the beach is possibility and all the beach gear we need to take, is not a big deal because I still have two hands free and can hold and comfort my daughter as needed. And now with another one on that way, I am very glad I have this skill that will help me to take care of my toddler and newborn at the same time!