I have been babywearing now for almost 9 years. My journey actually starts 11 years ago when my Sister had her 6th baby. She is the research queen and found this thing called a Maya Wrap. She told me all about how Women in other countries wear their babies to get their work done. I thought it was brilliant.
When Emma was born, my dear Sister gifted me her Maya Wrap. After a bit of work, I was able to get her in it comfortably and we were off. I wore Emma around the house, to the park, on walks, to the store, walking through New Orleans and everywhere in between. It was about this time that I heard about the Ergo baby carrier and bought one for Emma. It came 2 weeks before she died and I wore her in it once, to the mailbox and back.
Shortly after I learned I was pregnant with Seth, my Sister found out she was pregnant with baby number 7. Knowing I had a hard time parting with anything I used with Emma, she let me keep the Maya Wrap and bought herself a new one.
Over the next few years I would buy another Maya Wrap, learn how to tie 6 yards of fabric around my body as a wrap, sell my old Ergo and upgrade to a new one, use a pouch sling and learn how to make my own slings.
I wear my babies everywhere we go for the first year of their lives, at least until they can walk. Then I use it as comfort when they are needing Mama, to keep them close when they are trying to run away, and as a spot where they can always run to.
And, can you believe I only have ONE of me wearing Elliott? AND, it was taken by my sister-in-law AND I was being a stinker. Oh well, we have lots of times to capture the babywearing memories that are yet to come.What is your evolution of babywearing? How do you wear your baby?