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!
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!
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.
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.