Wrapsody Brand Ambassador - Love in Motion - Babywearing Photography

This summer I had the opportunity to visit family up in the Pacific Northwest. Somehow I got to chatting with Myste, a fellow Wrapsody Brand Ambassador, about how close I would be to her on my trip. She had moved all the way from Florida to end up only 10 minutes down the street from my brother's place. There was no way to pass up the opportunity to include her in my project! Best of all she had an extra wrap to use thanks to the Wandering Wrapsody program, so she and her husband both wore their children. Such love and joy! We ended up making a play date out of it with my sister-in-law and mother joining in, sharing our experiences as mothers and babywearers alike. Thank you Myste for sharing your time and babywearing story with me and my family!

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How did you first get into babywearing? When I was pregnant with my oldest, my grandmother found a stretchy Moby-like wrap at a consignment store. I think I attempted to use it one or twice and was way too frustrated and intimidated. It wasn't until my son was a few months older and I was attempting to load groceries in the cart around the car seat that I gave baby wearing another try. I picked up a soft structured carrier so my husband could wear him as well, and it's been a daily part of our lives ever since. I've fallen deeper down the rabbit hole with every baby and I can't fathom my life without wearing!

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What does babywearing mean to you? Babywearing, to me, is just everything. When my youngest was born I had a 2.5 year old and an 18 month old as well. I remember planning my first outing with all three kids by myself. "Who I would take out of the minivan first? And oh dear God what if I have to pee?!" Babywearing makes everything just a little more possible. I never worried about having to cut short a day at the park to nurse a cluster feeding newborn. I always have two hands free to hold my toddlers through a parking lot. I don't worry about being out of the house for nap time.
I always say I wear the baby as much for the big kids as I do for her. We're able to explore and play and cook and clean and just do life every day because of babywearing.
Right now, we're navigating that stage between baby and toddler. Wren tries her hardest to keep up with her big brother and sister and wrapping gives me the ease to help her explore with them but keep her close when she needs it.

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What aspects of Wrapsody wraps do you like most? I love Wrapsody. I love their passion for the family aspects of baby wearing. I love the idea of Love in Motion, because really, is there a better way to sum up baby wearing? The Bali Breeze and WrapDuo were perfect before we moved from the hot hot southwest Florida summers and I love that the stretch-hybrid makes even my 20 pound 15 month old feel like wrapping a snuggly new baby.

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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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