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


Safe Harbor - Love in Motion - Babywearing Photography

Sandi is in love with all things ocean and nautical and had a great idea that I couldn't pass up: why don't we take pictures of Harbor at the marina? So smart, so brilliant, and so loving. I could tell that this busy mom took in every single moment that her daughter was snuggled close up in her arms with joy and adoration. Babywearing is the perfect way to connect for this beautiful duo.

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How did you first get into babywearing? As a baby, my mom wore me. She told me all about how much she was able to do hands free. I always knew about carriers but had no idea how many options there were! I wanted to try them all! And I did! From mei tais to woven wraps, Tulas to ring slings... I'm still learning and experimenting, loving every minute of closeness and convenience.

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What does babywearing mean to you? Babywearing is a chance to be close to my baby since I can't be with here all the time. As a full-time working mother, I crave the close contact and snuggles more than anything. But laundry still needs to be done, dinner still needs to be cooked, and the house still needs to be cleaned. Babywearing gives me the ability to snuggle Jaylah while I get stuff done or while I'm getting my retail therapy on!

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Wrapsody Harbor wrap - nautical theme photo session - Babywearing Photography // Ebb and Flow Photography

Aphrodite by the Sea - Love in Motion - Babywearing Photography

There has been a bit of a buzz around dying your hair to match a favorite wrap or carrier, especially recently over at Wrapsody. So when I came around the corner to see wild pink, purple, and blue locks blowing in the breeze I was excited that Tiffane was going to be wearing a wrap that matched her hair.  Yay for #babywearinghair

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How did you get into babywearing? A friend of mine got me into baby wearing and I loved it. So I did my research and became obsessed! 

What does babywearing mean to you? Babywearing means a lot to me. It allows me to build a bond I thought to have lost in a C-section delivery. It's comforting in many ways.

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WrapDuo in H2O - Love in Motion - Babywearing photography

Here in Florida, it is ALWAYS beach season. Water wraps make for safe, water-friendly babywearing while taking dips in the pool, walks in the lapping waves, or cooling down at the fountains or splash pad.  Jessica showed me just how much fun it is to bring your baby with you into the water in a safe, hands-free snuggle. And you could tell how much her son loved it by the way he pumped his legs and splashed with his hands. What a great way to babywear, keep cool, and have a blast at the same time!

In the following photographs, Jessica is wearing her 8 month old son in a Wrapsody WrapDuo: Sport and Water Wrap in Black Pearl.

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How did you first get into babywearing? I knew that I wanted to babywear even before I knew all of the benefits to it. We started off with a Moby wrap and loved it but it was SO hot. Then we discovered soft structured carriers. We got the Lillebaby Complete Airflow and loved it but we couldn't get a good seat. When we moved from Orlando to Port Saint Lucie, I joined the local babywearing group and got many helpful tips and we got our first wrap. I've been hooked ever since.

What does babywearing mean to you? Babywearing means lots of bonding and sweet cuddles with my little one while being able to get things done at the same time.

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Stella - Love in Motion - Babywearing Photography

I absolutely love how Jessica lit up when she put her son in her wrap. Her smile widened and her stance grew soft with the embrace. Sometimes you can just see the love radiating from a person; Jessica simply glowed.

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How did you get into babywearing? I found babywearing on my own. I worked at the library and the Treasure Coast Babywearers (TCBW) group used to meet there. I never went to a meeting, but I became interested and joined the Facebook group. From there, I bought a Seven Sling and a Moby which I hardly used at all. My now friend Laura works with my husband and she is a leader of TCBW and being friends with her has expanded my knowledge and how often I wear my children.

What does babywearing mean to you? Babywearing means mobility and the ability to keep up with my toddler. It's convenience at the store, the mall, walks with my family and the dog, festivals without the bulky stroller, and walk in the surf at the beach. It's mobile love and lets me be close to my children.

What aspects of Wrapsody wraps do you like the most? I love how thin my Wrapsody wrap is. Especially since we live in Florida! Thin and breathable is key and that is why I specifically chose to purchase my Stella. I wanted an outside-useable wrap and a wrap I chose for looks. Stella happens to fall into both of those categories.

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Sol - Love in Motion - Babywearing Photography

I was hoping to photograph Prachi from the moment I decided to start this Wrapsody project. When I first moved to this area she gave me the most encouraging advice on our local babywearing Facebook group. I was still learning back carries in my hybrid-stretch, not very good at tightening, and losing hope that I'd ever get a high back carry in my beloved wrap. She shared that she carried her toddler very snugly in her own stretch-hybrid, and that I could too, just be sure to tighten as I go. Ever since I read her enheartening words, I was filled with the confidence I needed to keep at it. Thank you, Prachi.

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How did you first get into babywearing? I researched lots of different ways to babywear and came across a Moby. Then I went to my first La Leche League meeting in July 2012 and met Jade {our local babywearing group leader} who not only taught me to wear the Moby but also invited me into the babywearing group. It saved my sanity because my son needed me to be close to him and I didnt want to hold him all the time. I was also given a ring sling as a present for my baby shower from a friend.

What does babywearing mean to you? Keeping your child close.  Meeting their needs - and yours. Being in sync with your child. Easy ability to get work done but still cuddling your baby.

What aspects of Wrapsody wraps do you like the most? I love the feel of it. I love how its like wrapping with a t shirt. I love the supportiveness of it where I can wear my almost 3 year old and yet it is still so snug and soft and comfortable for a new squish. It's my go to reccomendation for anyone looking to get an affordable squish {newborn} wrap. Its less than $100 and especially with the stretch it can be worn from birth to as long as you can bear the weight.

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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.

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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