Now is the time, babywearers! With the media coming down hard on babywearing, and the CPSC trying to outlaw certain carriers, now is the time to band together and spread the babywearing love!!! Even if you are a newbie to babywearing, you can help to organize a group locally and if you are an old pro, offer your services to help moms find that sweet spot so they can feel more comfortable wearing their babies! Get involved, and make sure to promote that BABYWEARING IS SAFE!!!!!
Thank you to the Beltway Babywearers for their informative post about babywearing meetings and why they are so important!!!
1. Learn about carrier types
Confused about what type of carrier would work best for you? Not sure what makes a pouch or ring sling different from a mei tai or soft structured carrier. Confused how wraps work? Wonder which style will be best for spring hikes, or which will look nice at your cousin’s June wedding? We have examples and can help you choose a style that works with your needs. You can also make use of our extensive library to try carriers and determine which one (or two, or three, or ten – okay, some of MAY have a FEW too many carriers, but don’t tell our husbands) is right for you.
2. Learn how to wear a newborn, infant, or toddler safely and comfortably
Ready to move on to hip or back carries? Trying to master nursing in a sling? Need to learn to wear 2? Now is the chance! Babywearing meetings are a great place to troubleshoot new carries or to find a solution to a wearing problem you are having. For example, we often have people come into their first meeting stating that they LOVE their stretchy wrap at home and wish they could use it out of the house, but it is so hard to wrap in the parking lot. The new mommy brain is clogged with so much information that the suggestion of, “wrap before you leave the house” is often met with a lightbulb moment and mama saying, “why didn’t I think of that?” We aren’t going to teach you rocket science, but we can help you get through your daily tasks more easily.
4. Make friends for yourself AND your children
5. Discover the secrets of the mom who has it all together