During my trip this summer to the Pacific Northwest I got to spend some time with my sister in law, Jen. Her daughter is three months younger than my son and truly the SMILIEST baby I have ever known. I never had a sister and I really lucked out when Jen married my brother. Since I was working on this project, I couldn't wait to include her in it and hear her babywearing story.
Now I know not everyone is a wrapper, but when your daughter is named Lily and so is the wrap, it makes the experience a little sentimental. My brother, burly and covered in beard, even tried it on and little Lily fell asleep against her daddy's chest, tucked into in a warm embrace and out of the wind off the Pacific. When Jen returned the wrap to me, she had braided it and was cradling it like a newborn. I could tell that this babywearing experience was truly heartfelt.
How did you first get into babywearing? I have worn all three of my children in soft structured carriers for occasional outings. It wasn't until I was inspired by seeing you wear your son that I decided to go a little more "hard-core" and try a ring sling. I regret not starting until my third child was five months old, but better late than never.
What does babywearing mean to you? It means certain things that once seemed almost impossible are no problem at all now. I can keep something in my bag everywhere I go that will instantly make it so that my child is safe, secure, and not getting into shenanigans (if the occasion calls for it). And most importantly, it allows me to hold her closer for as long as she'll let me.