Friday, March 21, 2008

Baby Wearing

I just love riding around in my slings, carriers and wraps. "Babywearing" is something that mama started learning about when she worked as a Family Support Worker for teen moms. It's the idea that babies are carried around in the womb for 9 whole months and should get just as much closeness and cuddling even when they are out!

"Your baby got 24 hours of continuous holding and cuddling in the womb. When he's born, even if you hold him 12 hours a day, that's not enough -to him it's a 50% rip off!" - Famous Pediatrician Harvey Karp (wonder doctor extraordinaire and creator of 'Happiest Baby On The Block" - the wonderful soothing method that helped me calm down and sleep thrugh teh night!) always says.

That's why mama and I are involved in Capital District Sling Babies, a local chapter of "Nine In, Nine Out" that helps moms learn about the great benefits of Babywearing. If you want to learn more about babywearing, just ask my mama or check out

I've been in a sling or wrap since day one. Being in my pouch sling made nursing in public much easier and more private for mama and also gave her a free hand to do other things. Then when I got a little bigger she started carrying me in her German Didymos. Now I do it all... slings, wraps, carriers, you name it!!

Cuddled right next to mama's heart in my pretty pink Hotsling.Cozy in my Didymos sling and mama's jacket - how cute with my reindeer hat looking at a reindeer at Troy's Victorian Stroll.
Ergo Baby Carrier

This pretty paisley blue wrap was one that mama actually made herself!!! Shemade it by simply cutting a cool old tapestry rigth down the middle the long way and then sewing two ends together. All a wrap needs is strong fabric that is about two feet wide and 5-6 yards long. She decided to make it when she was inspired by a friend who came over one day wearing a gorgeous but rather expensive Gypsy Mama Wrap.

Just this morning, mama and I got adventurous and decided to try the famous "Rucksack"carry (see above), which involves getting me on her back and tying the fabric in a pretty cool way. It was fun and made me laugh!! Check out this video from youtube that taught mama how to do it!

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