International Babywearing Week

International Babywearing Week comes to a close tomorrow.  Babywearing is described as: Carrying or holding a baby or young child by means of wearing a baby carrier. The focus of this week was to promote the benefits of babywearing as well as to educate people on how to practice babywearing safely. In recent months, recalls of certain models of slings have prompted a misconception that babywearing is not safe. For tips on wearing your baby safely visit Babywearing International.

I have enjoyed wearing both of The Chicks for a variety of reasons. Both of The Chicks liked to be worn, but in very different ways.

Never was babywearing more necessary than when Baby Chick was born. I would have died without my Ergo Carrier. Not only does my Ergo Carrier allow me to be hands free, but I love having Baby Chick so close to me. I can wear her for hours without sacrificing my back. I have vivid memories of wearing her in my Ergo Carrier during the infamous dinnertime “witching hour” so I could prepare dinner and soothe her at the same time.

Big Chick never really took to facing inwards while being worn. I tried to get her to take to the Bjorn, but she detested it. After trying a variety of carriers, we finally settled on a ring sling. Big Chick loved to be worn in a ring sling well into her toddlerhood. She loved being cradled in the sling as an infant, and as a toddler she faced out while being securely fastened to my hip.

I love seeing all the different carriers on the market and the variety of families who choose to wear their babies. In celebration of International Babywearing Week, I want to ask all you babywearing mamas:

Why do you choose to wear your babies and which baby carriers do you love?

-Contributed by Morgan

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Morgan is a Domestic Goddess and mother to two girls, Big Chick and Baby Chick. Before she became a mother in 2007, she worked as a nanny for three different families. This means that she has had goldfish stuck to her car floor for a very long time. While Morgan loves all baby and child related gear, she has a particular fondness for strollers. When Morgan isn't outside enjoying the Southern California weather, she also writes for her own website:

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I am a little late to post this however, I love to rave about my ring sling. My daughter was born 6 weeks early, before her birth I was talking to my husband about babywearing. He was absolutely not for it but I could not carry that infant carseat carrier! After all, I am a 5’2″ petite (ok, not so petite now), very busty mom AND we live on the third floor of an apartment. I looked at all of the different ‘contraptions’ of carriers and honestly, they looked way to bulky and intimidating to me. I then saw a… Read more »
I totally agree that no carrier is right for everyone. Each momma has to find the one or two that work best for her and her baby. I liked the beco as well but LOVE my ergo. Its my standard ‘go-to’ carrier for everything. Great padded shoulders, love the attached hood (since I would lose it if it were not attached) & easy to wear. I have heard its not the best for short waisted people (which I am not). I also really like my Mei Tai. However, as my child has gotten older, she no longer has the patience… Read more »