14 months and 14 weeks - Love in Motion - Babywearing Photography - Ebb and Flow Photography

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!

Wrapsody Lily Breeze - Treasure Coast Babywearing Photographer - Ebb and Flow Photography
Wrapsody Lily Breeze - Treasure Coast Babywearing Photographer - Ebb and Flow Photography
Wrapsody Lily Breeze - Treasure Coast Babywearing Photographer - Ebb and Flow Photography

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!

Wrapsody Lily Breeze - Treasure Coast Babywearing Photographer - Ebb and Flow Photography

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!

Wrapsody Lily Breeze - Treasure Coast Babywearing Photographer - Ebb and Flow Photography
Wrapsody Lily Breeze - Treasure Coast Babywearing Photographer - Ebb and Flow Photography


Lily in Lily - Love in Motion - Babywearing Photography

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.

Wrapsody Lily - Oregon Coast - Babywearing Photography - Ebb and Flow Photography

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.

Wrapsody Lily - Oregon Coast - Babywearing Photography - Ebb and Flow Photography
Wrapsody Lily - Oregon Coast - Babywearing Photography - Ebb and Flow Photography

Orion at the park - Love in Motion - Babywearing Photography

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This little guy was, for the record, the happiest baby I have ever met to date. And his smile was outrageously contagious. With two older sisters he better enjoy it while he can! ;)

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How did you first get into babywearing? I wore my first child in a borrowed ergo at about 18 months old while on vacation in Ga.  We were doing lots of hiking and she loved it.  However, my second child was the one that really got me into babywearing.   She was a colicky baby that was only happy being held, especially in the evenings.  She would scream for at least 4 hours a night with little to no relief.  I tried everything; squats, rocking, chiropractor, probiotics, nursing.  Nothing helped!  A friend of mine said, “Try wrapping her.”  She handed me a hybrid stretch Wrapsody Rowan wrap and showed me how to use it.  That night when she started screaming I got the wrap out and once she was wrapped she immediately fell asleep.  This was our routine every evening and it was a totally life saver for me and my sweet baby.

What does babywearing mean to you? Babywearing carries so many different meanings for me.  It means knowing my baby is safe, comfortable and comforted.   It means still being able to be productive while not having to jeopardize any of my baby bonding time.  It also means being able to include my baby/toddler in activities I love that they might not otherwise get to be a part of.  My favorite time to wear is when we are outside of the house allowing my small children to be apart of our adventures.  Babywearing also means being able to keep up with my older child helping her grow and explore while still getting to cherish every minute with my baby.

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Kerry's Orion - Love in Motion - babywearing photography

When I first talked with Kerry to decide on a location for her shoot she shared with me that she wore her son during barn chores had a "photogenic donkey." From that moment I was enthralled. I had to meet this momma and see this donkey.

Her long and winding driveway took me past a small barn, an adorable pond, and sprawling fields of shaded grass for her (now) two year old son to run around and adventure in. He greeted me when I pulled up by introducing me to the yard equipment. Such a friendly and talkative little man! Clearly he loved to be outdoors, and he loved being close to his momma. He clung tightly to her hip so she slipped a hip carry around him right where he was and off we went to enjoy the last fleeting moments of what coolness was left of a Florida spring morning.

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How did you get into babywearing?  I own a business and knew I wouldn't be able to take much maternity leave when I had my son. I wanted to breastfeed, so I also knew I couldn't be away from him for very long, especially in the beginning. Taking him to work with me was the only solution. I ended up taking a two week maternity leave. After that, he came to work with e in a ring sling. It worked like a charm until he became mobile and wanted to move around more.

What does babywearing mean to you?  Everything really. I wouldn't have been able to work without it. I don't even know what we would've done without it. I love the closeness and the snuggles just as much as anybody else. But for me, it was really a matter of necessity.

What aspects of Wrapsody wraps do you like the most? The first wrap I bought was a Bali Breeze. My son was born in the summer. I work mainly outside. Staying cool was very important. When we were in the office I used a ring sling for ease of in/out when he needed to nurse. When we had to meat with a dog walking client, we used the Bali Breeze to stay cooler.

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