“Babywearing is CRAZY!” is a weird way to start a blog on babywearing, but that was how I began my babywearing journey. I would never “wear” a baby. What did that even mean? Normal people used strollers!
When I was thinking those thoughts, I didn’t even know I would have a baby. Then when I learned that I was pregnant, babywearing didn’t even enter my mind. I registered for a stroller and a travel system. I also registered for an Ergo. Somehow I didn’t associate an Ergo with babywearing. Most of the time I figured we would use the stroller.
When the little one was born, I was too scared to use the Ergo. I am pretty clumsy. In fact, I tripped when I was pregnant, slammed my chest into the edge of a wheelbarrow, and was laid up for almost two months. I knew that if I tried to wear the little one in the Ergo, I would trip, fall, and hurt her. I was terrified of hurting her.
My husband was the brave one. He put on the Ergo and started taking the little one on walks. It was his way of giving me a break and a little time to myself, plus he could bond with the baby. I still didn’t think that having her in the Ergo was babywearing. It was just taking her for a walk.
I got a little braver and bought a Fleurville strechy carrier so I could carry her out to the barn for chores or around the house. That wasn’t babywearing either in my book.
So if I thought babywearing was silly, why did I start a babywearing blog? Because things changed! When the little one was about four or five months old, she did not sleep. The baby books said she should be taking at least two naps a day that lasted sixty to ninety minutes each. Sometimes she didn’t nap at all. Other days she napped fifteen minutes. I was supposed to be working when she was napping, and in desperation I started looking for help on some Facebook(TM) baby sleep groups. Several people suggested I wear her while I worked and that she would fall asleep.
So I looked around and bought an Infantino mei tai off the Facebook group Babywearing on a Budget. I started using that for barn chores – I still haven’t worn her while I worked! Then I saw a cheap wrap on the group and bought it. Then I bought a ringsling. I watched YouTube videos on how to wrap, and I was hooked. Wrapping is snuggly. Wrapping is an art. Wrapping is beautiful. Wrapping is ancient. Wrapping is a part of our history. Who wouldn’t like that?! I was hooked. I am hooked.