Why I Wear: Janine's Story
How long have you been babywearing? 7 years and counting
What are your favorite carriers? After trying almost everything, I've finally determined that wrap conversion Mei Tais are my favorite. But I do love ring slings for quick 'uppas' and wraps when I'm in the mood.
I began babywearing shortly after delivering my first baby. I struggled as a first-time mom with postpartum depression and babywearing gave me something I felt confident in. It allowed me to connect with my high-needs infant and made night-time consoling possible when nothing else worked.
As my daughter grew and I was able to view babywearing as more than an emotional tool, I learned to love how much easier babywearing made life when we were out-and-about. I have enjoyed wearing all three of my children.
Today I continue to wear for many reasons, including connecting after long 60-hour work weeks, accomplishing household tasks, and enjoying time with family.
We often get the question, “What is the best carrier?” or “What is the most comfortable carrier?” With over 200 carriers in our library, it’s hard to say that any one is the best! Trying on carriers is much like trying on jeans—just because a brand works well for someone else doesn’t mean that it’s the best brand for you!
When it comes to soft structured carriers, it can be particularly tricky as there are so many options when it comes to size and features. We have over forty soft structured carrier brands in our library, but there are even more brands out there to try.
If you have not yet found the buckle carrier that is right for you, or you’re not sure what you’re looking for in a soft structured carrier, take a peek at all these varying features. The list is not exhaustive, but it’ll give you an idea of what all is out there.
Why I Wear: Arika's Story
How long have you been wearing? Almost 3 years
What are your favorite carriers? Currently on a soft structure kick, but love them all!
I discovered babywearing when I was creating my baby registry and researching motherhood. I chose an Ergo Galaxy from Target. Little did I know the world of carriers that was out there! Looking back I wish I had know about BWI of GR. A ring sling would have been a game changer for my constantly nursing, only wanted mom baby.
I didn't wear her much until she was 4 months and finally fitting the Ergo with the blanket trick. Even then, we constantly were like, “Oh, we will carry her. We don't want to have to hold the carrier.” Fail. If only I'd known how much easier that trip to Ikea and the Red Wings game could have been!
When I was about 6 months pregnant or so, a friend told me about BWI of GR and I went to one of the last Ecobuns meetings. It was cool. I watched ladies wrap. VBE Cassi was showing a few who asked how to nurse in a sling. I thought, “Never will I wrap or be able to figure out nursing in a carrier.” Oh, how things have changed!
Baby #2 lives in carriers and has from day 4ish. I need to keep up with my big kid and now keep my early walker (yup, even when living in carriers they learn to walk ;-)) safe and out of trouble! I nurse her in various carriers. I am learning to wrap and use each of the carrier types at one time or another.
Babywearing has literally changed my life. We go where no stroller has before! My non-napping baby naps in a carrier daily. If baby gets hurt, toddler gets hurt or isn't listening—a carrier can fix it. I promote babywearing any chance I get and can't say enough good things about it! I am sad that before I know it I will have no littles to wear. I then will be a squish stealer just to wrap them up close for a minute or 20. :-) For now, I enjoy it as much as I can and will for the short few years I have left and—of course—spread the love if I can!