Joni Rae said:
I *love* seeing how your children grow and change through the pictures... This is a great post!
You young people are so lucky, my baby wearing consisted of carrying my babies around on my left hip. Learned how to do a lot of things one handed, from cooking to do laundry. lol
I think it's wonderful that you now have a way to get on with you life and keep your baby near.
@Joni - Thank you! :) I had a lot of fun going through years of photos last night. We even watched some old videos of our little ones. Sigh.
@Eileen - I did a lot of hip-carrying & one-handedness as well (my left arm got super-strong when I had babies!), but you are so right, I am blessed to have access to mamas who are crafty who can make & gift me things, and knowledge that baby carriers even exist! I've given away most of the carriers I had - hopefully other mamas will get as much use as I did. Thanks for visiting!
Dana K said:
Love it! Thanks for sharing - I added one of my Babywearing "photobombs" to the linkup.
I love the inclusions of the carriers that didn't work/were painful. I've so had my share of carriers that everyone loves that just didn't work for us (I'm looking at you, Baby Bjorn...) Also- the back carry! I'm trying to convince my husband to help me with this one as we've only done front carry because he's worried I wouldn't know what our son was doing/what if something happened (arrhhhh!!!)
Danielle @LifeBeyondTheBump said:
Thanks for writing this! I hadn't heard of many of these carriers before, and it's interesting seeing all of the different ones out there, and what worked/didn't work for you.
I LOVE babywearing. Without it, I think my sanity would suffer. :) My favorite carriers are my linen ring slings and my cotton gauze wrap. The ring slings are great for quick trips to the store or chores around the house. I use the wrap for times when my daughter will be carried longer, when I'm going to need two hands, or when I need to bend over or squat down. I think these two carriers together cover all my needs for carriers, and my daughter loves both of them. Another plus, they were ones I could make myself.
Rebekah C said:
I enjoyed this post SO much!
Now, lemme see....
The first sling I ever had was a pouch sling I made from a pattern I found online. I got a lot of use out of it but eventually came to the realization that my back and "one shoulder" slings didn't get along. Over the years (and three kids) I've owned and used a pouch, a ring sling (I had several) a couple of different wraps made out of various fabrics, a mei-tai and the Ergo. The last two were my all time favorites with the wrap winning for the most versatility. I still get a lot of use out of my Ergo and wish I had bought it years ago, lol.
In my opinion you are a baby wearing black belt! A baby wearing warrior! I loved wearing my children (they were so fashionable...just kidding). I had a sling and a Baby Bjorn. It was just the best. Both kids had strong preferences in the Bjorn to face outward - a telling sign of their future outward-looking personalities. but some babies like to face their mommy.
I miss those days!
Lisa@Granola Catholic said:
I miss those days of baby wearing too. My babies are now 13-10 and 7. It has been 4 years since I have carried one of them. We used most of the baby carriers you mentioned but even improvised at times for tired toddlers using slings, sweatshirts and blankets. All you baby wearing mama's out there enjoy your time at this stage. It will end too soon.
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