The Gift of Meira - Love in Motion - Babywearing Photography

One thing I love about this project is meeting such wonderful and fabulous babywearers. Getting to know their babywearing stories is just a glimpse into the lives I get to be a part of, if only for a tiny bit.

Every session, to me, is memorable. Bridget's session was particularly memorable: it began with the usual handshake and ended with a hug.

We were welcomed this evening by the sea breeze and  a mist of sea spray. Her wrap, which fluttered in the wind, was a prize from Bee, another Wrapsody Brand Ambassador (actually more like Queen Ambassador) and had established itself as a go-to in her carrier stash. She wasn't afraid to get a little wet or scramble down rocks to the lagoon. She lived and breathed Love in Motion.

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How did you first get into babywearing? I got into babywearing while I was pregnant with my second son, Callen, my 8 month old. I knew Callen was going to be our last baby and I wanted to enjoy everything and every moment to the fullest extent. When I started researching babywearing, I knew right away that this was going to give me all the things I was looking for - lots of bonding, closeness, and comfort.

What does babywearing mean to you? Since Callen has been born, babywearing has meant more to me than I ever thought possible. I suffered with postpartum anxiety after Callen and couldn't breastfeed him. Then, at three weeks old, Callen was rushed into surgery for pyloric stenosis. With all of the turmoil in his first few weeks, babywearing pulled us through some trying times. I could keep Callen close and bond with him even though we couldn't breastfeed, we did lots of wrap skin-to-skin. And after Callen's surgery all I wanted to do was wear him and keep him safe and close and feel him breathe. Now, at 8 months old and life being back to normal, we babywear still for the bond and closeness, but also because I have a busy 4 year old. Babywearing makes life's daily tasks easier, and he loves to be worn!

What aspects of Wrapsody wraps do you like most? I like Wrapsody hybrid-stretch wraps because they have just the right amount of stretch to make my baby comfortable and me as well. The hybrid-stretch has the right amount of bounce and give to it. I also love hybrid-stretch wraps because they are a "go everywhere" wrap. Whether on the boat, at the beach, or just out for a stroll, I never have to worry about my Wrapsody or having it get a little dirt on it. It washes so easily and it's super easy to take care of. Wrapsody hybrid-stretch wraps are also AMAZING for Florida heat and humidity. My baby never gets hot and sticky because the wrap is so light and incredibly soft. The air flows right through it, making wrapping in the Florida summer much more bearable.

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Finding Harbor - Love in Motion - Babywearing Photography

This was an unplanned addition to my project. I was shooting a Mommy and Me session with Jen and her daughter Annabelle and I offered up my Harbor hybrid-stretch for a few shots. Unintentionally, I may have converted another babywearer to Wrapsody wraps.

How did you get into babywearing? My midwife first introduced me to babywearing at a prenatal appointment. I went to a Treasure Coast Babywearing 101 class while I was pregnant and fell in love with the idea of having my baby so close after she was born. I also began to see that many of these other babywearing moms and dads had great parenting styles that I wanted to emulate. I ordered a used sling on The Babywearing Swap and found a used Moby at a consignment store. The rest is history! I am totally hooked on babywearing forever. My childhood friend had her first baby a month ago. I brought her a wrap today and introduced her to babywearing. Her tiny little squish was instantly cozy in the wrap, and she was in love and excited to begin babywearing!

What does babywearing mean to you?  To me, babywearing is the epitome of gentle, loving, consistent parenting. I am able to follow the cues of my infant instantly when she is nestled in a cozy wrap on my chest. As an infant, my daughter rarely cried. The upright position kept her from spitting up after eating, she had a stellar latch and was fabulous at breastfeeding, and I felt a strong bond with my baby, all of which I contribute to the extended skin to skin time while babywearing. As a toddler, babywearing means I am always able to hold my daughter in the late afternoons and evenings when she is tired and wants to be carried, regardless of the dinner that I am cooking or the dishes that I am washing. Babywearing means I can go on long walks with my family and let my daughter walk when she wants to walk and ride when she gets tired and wants to be wrapped. This just means I have a really pretty scarf to wear when she is walking. ;) Babywearing has always been a way for my husband to bond with our daughter as well. He can take her along while doing all kinds of manly tasks. Our baby is learning how to enjoy this fabulous world by watching her parents closely everyday.

What aspects of Wrapsody wraps do you like the most? I like the way the Wrapsody Hybrid evenly distributes the weight of my 35lb toddler. I use the double hammock while I am pregnant, but have trouble with the shoulder straps digging into my neck. While using the Wrapsody Hybrid, I found it easier to tighten the chest strap and the shoulder straps were comfortable. When my second child is born in a few months, I am sure the Wrapsody will be wonderful with an infant in Florida! I am looking for a beautiful, airy wrap with stretch, and the Wrapsody is all of those.