Babywearing Mama Profile – Annette

Each week I’ll be introducing you to a babywearing mama (or papa!) during A Little Bit of All of It’s Babywearing Series.

When did you start wearing your baby/young child? I started baby wearing with my second child and started out with a Moby.  This was 8.5 years ago so there weren’t very many people (at least around me) using anything other than Bjorns!  I got lots and lots of funny looks when I went out. Ha ha!

What is your favorite carrier? Right now my favorite carrier is my Vatanai woven wrap, but I have several that I really love.

What is your favorite carry? Double hammock back carryannette

How did you first learn about Babywearing and what were your initial impressions of it? Honestly I don’t really remember how I first learned about babywearing.  I guess my own motherly intuition?  I never saw anyone wearing their baby, but I knew when baby #2 came I needed a way to keep up with my toddler while taking care of my squish!

How many carriers do you own and what are they? I just sold my Ergo and my Moby, so I only have four carriers at the moment.  I have a Vatanai Maruyama, a Girasol drop RS, a Girasol drop shorty and a mama made RSM

Do you have a favorite babywearing story/scenario? I volunteer at my daughters school every month to help with Market day, unloading food and packaging orders etc.  I normally leave all my kids at home with my husband (I make sure he takes off that day for this reason), but he had to be out of town with work that week and I either had to take my four children with me or not go.  I decided I would go and just wear Cora (my 7 month old) on my back while the older two watched my toddler.  I got lots of comments and one mama asked me ‘aren’t you afraid she’s going to fall out?!’  It was nice to be able to help educate a little bit on the benefits of babywearing and how much I can get done with two free hands (and four kids!).

What is the strangest or funniest thing you’ve done while wearing your baby? Probably going to the bathroom!  My husband teases me ‘don’t drop her in the toilet!’ haha

What is your favorite thing about wearing your baby? “I love that I can put her on my back and cook for the other kids.  Especially in the mornings, when I have to make breakfast, pack lunches, get the kids ready for school and on the bus.  Cora needs to be held in the mornings, so it’s either wear her, or put her down and listen to her cry while I do what I have to do.  I’d rather wear her, I can’t bear to hear my babies cry. I wish more people would do it!  I see so many mom’s and dad’s out shopping and they are so frazzled because their baby is crying and they are chasing around older kids and I just think ‘if they were wearing that baby, their life would be so much easier!’

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