Babywearing


Meet Babywearing International of Tallahassee

In honor of International Babywearing Week, I interviewed my friends Ashley Anderson and Stephanie Lynn of Babywearing International’s Tallahassee Chapter. If you’d like to learn more about babywearing, there are regularly scheduled meetings, typically the First Friday and Third Saturdays each month, please visit the BWI of Tallahassee Facebook Group for current event details.

Babywearing International of Tallahassee

How did you ladies meet? We actually grew up about 30 miles from each other, but we never met until ICAN and Babywearing.

BWI TallahasseeWhat is your favorite part about Tallahassee? Ashley: I love the small town feel, even though it is much bigger than where I grew up! Stephanie: FSU football! It’s a big deal in our house and my husband bought me a wrap just because it reminded him of garnet and gold.

What is your favorite part about babywearing? Ashley: I love the closeness of babywearing and helping others experience that same closeness with their children. It was very natural for me to babywear, I was drawn to it immediately. Stephanie: I love wearing babies, mine or anyone else’s! I love the newborn snuggles, the infant who falls asleep from the motion while being worn. I love being able to contain the toddler-crazy, and being able to give my preschooler a ride when his legs have had too much walking.

BWI TallahasseeWho inspired you to become a Volunteer Babywearing Educator (VBE)? Ashley: Becky Lewis, the founder of the local BWI chapter, inspired me. She easily “tossed” babies on her back while continuing to calm them while teaching another mom to do the same thing was fascinating. Stephanie: Becky also inspired me to start babywearing and helped me figure out how I wanted to parent my children. It was never a talk that we had, it was just watching her with her kids (and other kids) that told me that was something I wanted to do. I enjoy helping families new to wearing find something that really works for their lifestyle. I became a VBE and helped establish BWI Tallahassee because I wanted to connect with other families in our area. That’s still true! I am thrilled to see returning families at our meetings and I hope it becomes a place where families can come enjoy time with other families, even if they don’t need babywearing help.

What is your favorite carry? Ashley: Lately, I’ve been loving the double hammock, but it changes frequently!   Stephanie: My favorite is the Pirate Carry (reinforced rear rebozo ruck), though we don’t get to use it much lately because leg straightening is my 14-month old’s new hobby.  

BWI TallahasseeNow for the fun questions! Where is one place you’d love to visit? Stephanie: I’d love to visit Bora Bora, but unless we hit the lottery it’ll never happen.

What’s your favorite holiday? Ashley: It is a tie between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I would gladly start Thanksgiving in July to have 3 full months of each. Haha! But fall is definitely my favorite time of year. The colors are amazing! Stephanie: My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. It’s all the fun of Christmas without all the headache of shopping!

What’s your favorite animal? Stephanie: Kangaroo, of course because I’d we wearing my baby!

Most hated household chore? Ashley: I hate folding laundry! I’ve mastered the laundry mountain lately and somewhat miss its presence. Stephanie: I detest laundry and mopping. I do at least one load of laundry every day, but I make my husband do all the sweeping and mopping.Babywearing Tallahassee

Do you have any hidden talents? Stephanie:I have the entire carrier library memorized, including colors and most weight limits. I also easily remember number sequences.

What is your biggest moment? Ashley: Having my son Colin was my biggest moment. He is amazing. I sometimes have a hard time believe I had a hand in creating him.

 

 

 


Babywearing Makes Life Easier

You’ve probably heard of babywearing at this point, but just in case you haven’t, it’s when you use a buckle or tied carrier or woven wrap to hold your baby close.

Toddler Babywearing TallahasseeThere are many types of carriers, but the most common one you’ll see out and about, and the one I’m focusing on in this post, are soft structured carriers (SSC), and the one I’ve used since my daughter was about 6 months old is the ERGO. No matter which carrier you get, I’d recommend that it supports your baby at the knees, essential for comfort and longevity of use.

I keep the ERGO in the car and use it on trips to the store, the petting zoo, the farmer’s market, the zoo, an aquarium, Savannah, and Disney, to name a small fraction of places I’ve worn her. It’s been well loved, to say the least!

But, guess what? Babywearing isn’t just for fun. Babywearing makes life EASIER.

For instance, with a trip to the grocery store, my daughter usually starts out in the carrier, then moves to the cart at some point and then will walk with me for the last little bit before she gets back in the carrier for the walk to the car and moving the groceries to the trunk – hands free. What’s easier than hands free? And what’s better than being close to your little one while you’re crossing things off your to-do list?

As she’s gotten older, my daughter has learned that she can run around until she gets tired or overstimulated, and she can retreat to the comfort and closeness of mommy’s ERGO. I usually have it in the trunk and buckle it on whenever I think it might come in handy.

If you’re interested in learning more about babywearing, whether you are still pregnant or have a toddler, email me at Leslee@BoldBirth.org to set up a one-on-one consultation. Or check out Babywearing International of Tallahassee to find out when the next meeting is happening!