It’s International Babywearing Week! (September 30th-October 6th, 2019). Does this have any special meaning to you? As a Baby Carrying Educator I am always so excited for I.B.W.. There are lots of special posts by baby carrier companies (hello, giveaways!) and, in general, my social media feeds are a little more flooded with adorable babywearing […]
As a mom of 2 boys who are 18 months apart I have done my share of babywearing, but I have to admit that I was quite limited in my confidence and willingness to try new types of carriers. I had two carriers – a stretchy wrap (for the newborn/infant stage) and a Meh Dai (for my heavier toddler) and trying any other type of carrier was out of my comfort zone for whatever reason (let’s not even talk about how overwhelming all the buckles were to me on a structured carrier)!
A common barrier to babywearing for some parents may be the huge market of baby carriers. There are so many brands, types, price points etc., that some parents may feel overwhelmed and not know where to begin. First and foremost it is important to know that the type of baby carrier, or the brand of baby carrier is not at all important. Wearing your baby, holding her close and bonding together is the most important thing!
Babywearing is the practice of carrying your baby in a carrier. This catchy term was coined in the 1980s by Dr. Sears. The practice of babywearing is much older, going back centuries in many cultures. There are a variety of ways to wear a baby, all with many benefits to both baby and caregiver.