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A Month of Babywearing

Where are all of our passionate baby wearers?

With my first son, it took me a while to get on the babywearing bandwagon. I received a Moby wrap at a baby shower, and while it’s a great wrap, it wasn’t for me. It was so hard for me to figure out how to get it all wrapped around my body and then I’d get him in it and realize it wasn’t tight enough and he would slip further and further down until I would just give up and rip it off my body.

Oddly enough, I never felt comfortable with it until he was about two and a half. He got to the point that he wouldn’t fall asleep nursing and he wanted to be swayed while I stood with him. He was too big and heavy for my arms, so one night out of desperation, I pulled out the Moby. I followed the instructions step-by-step and got him secured on me. He fell asleep in about three minutes. Every night for two weeks, we went through the same routine, and then I discovered the Ergo. That was by far my best baby purchase up to that point. We both loved it and used it even throughout my pregnancy with my second son. I have a great picture of him hanging out on my back while I was cooking and about 6 or 7 months pregnant.

Now, with my second son, I was ready! I had not only my Ergo, but a Boba, a lightweight Boba, pouch sling, fitted sling, and felt ready with the Moby. My son was eight days old when my sleep deprived, hormonal self slammed the car door shut on one of the Ergo buckles. There may have been a few tears… ok, a lot of tears. I moved in to my Boba and eventually invested in another Ergo.

Funny enough, I never really used any of the other carriers. If it weren’t for the Boba and Ergo though, that first year of his life would have resulted in no meals ever cooked at home, a disastrous house, and a very upset older brother that never got to do any fun activities. He’s just turned 2 and he still loves to ride around on my back. I’m now counting down until I can fully convince the husband that we need to purchase a toddler sized Tula. You notice a trend? I LOVE soft structured carriers!

So this month of July, Bibi and I thought it would be really fun to dedicate each day to a certain babywearing theme… tandem babywearing or napping carries or daddies wearing their babies… and have each of you post pictures pertaining to the theme. We want you to follow along with us on Instagram to see the theme of each day. Post your pictures with #monthofbabywearing and that day’s hashtag. We can’t wait to see pictures of each of you wearing all the babies!

 

If you want to keep up with our themes and be able to see all of the babywearing posts, make sure that you use the hashtag #monthofbabywearing along with the themed hashtag of the day. Here’s a list of themes as the days go live we’ll link to the hashtags on instagram.

July 1: #MBWday1 #unicorn – Share a picture of your unicorn carrier.

July 2: #MBWday2 #allaboutcomfort – One of the best benefits of babywearing is being able to comfort our littles. Share your photos of comforting carries.

July 3: #MBWday3 #wrappedup – Let’s see those wraps. Any picture with a wrap.

July 4: #MBWday4 #babywearingandboom – Babywearing as you celebrate the holiday? We’d love to see it!

July 5: #MBWday5 #wahmcarrier – Pictures of carriers made by WAHMs, or pictures of you as a wahm, carrying your babe. Bonus points if you can somehow combine the two.

July 6: #MBWday6 #softstructuredcarrier – Let’s see those soft structured carriers!

July 7: #MBWday7 #fancyfriday – Let’s see you all dressed up and babywearing and/or your fanciest carrier.

July 8: #MBWday8 #sss – Let’s see your #stashshotsaturday!

July 9: #MBWday9 #sundayfunday – Babywearing while out and about.

July 10: #MBWday10 #multitaskingmonday – Show us action shots of multi-tasking while you wear.

July 11: #MBWday11 #wrappednap – Have you caught your baby on camera all wrapped up for a nap…or recently unwrapped laying on a bed? We want to see it.

July 12: #MBWday12 #naturewearing – We want to see nature themed babywearing. Whatever that means to you.

July 13: #MBWday13 #bigkidcarries – Babywearing doesn’t have to end as soon as baby is old enough to walk around. Can you show us your big kids in carriers?

July 14: #MBWday14 #squishfix – From big to little. Now we want to see all the squishes.

July 15: #MBWday15 #sillysaturday – Got any silly babywearing pictures? You KNOW we want to see those!

July 16: #MBWday16 #specialneeds – We know that babywearing can be a way for a parent with special needs to bond with their child, and that babywearing can be especially helpful to babies with special needs.

July 17: #MBWday17 #ringslings – Let’s see all the ring sling carries!

July 18: #MBWday18 #rainbows – Post your pictures of rainbow babies, rainbow carries, or both.

July 19: #MBWday19 #splishsplash – Pictures of babywearing at the pool/lake/beach, especially in a water carrier.

July 20: #MBWday20 #myfirstcarries – This will be a special version of #TBT. Let’s see your babywearing photos from when you were a newbie (or carries that would be great FOR a newbie). OR photos of you being worn by your parents (for those who are second (or more) generation babywearers).

July 21: #MBWday21 #carriedbydad – Dads can of course participate in any day of the #monthofbabywearing, but today is specifically all about them.

July 22: #MBWday22 #makinitthroughtheearlydays – Sometimes we’re all just makin’ it through. Can you show us your babywearing pictures that embody that sentiment?

July 23: #MBWday23 #tandemcarrying – Pictures of tandem carrying, any ages!

July 24: #MBWday24 #toddlerwearing – I want up, I want down, I want up, down. Show us those tots having uppies.

July 25: #MBWday25 #carriedbymysibling – Calling all sibling carries.

July 26: #MBWday26 #carryingmydolls – Let’s see those itty bitty mamas and papas caring for their babies.

July 27: #MBWday27 #breastfeedingcarries – Got any nursing shots while you were babywearing? We wanna see them.

July 28: #MBWday28 #backcarry – Can we see your back carry photos?

July 29: #MBWday29 #safelycarrying – Show us your babywearing safety. Close enough to kiss, deep seats, leg positions, etc.

July 30: #MBWday30 #carryingexpert – Show us your most advanced carry.

July 31: #MBWday31 #myfavoritecarry – Feel free to go any direction you want with this. Show us your favorite type of carry. Your favorite carrier, or get creative. Thanks so much for participating this month!!!