Member Profiles: Christia

We’ve asked some of our local members to share what they love about babywearing and our local community.  When her schedule allows, Christia can be found at Lee’s Summit or Midtown meetings.

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How many kids do you have and how old are they?

  4 kids:  Julian is 8, Gabriel 6, Owen 3 and Emilia is 1!

How did you discover babywearing and BWI and how old was/were your child(ren) when you became active in the community?

     I started with a Baby Bjorn with my first and slowly evolved from there. My second had a Moby and Ergo. I learned about BWI when I moved to the kc area from Iowa. I’ve only been a member for less than a year now.

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In what ways do you feel like babywearing has transformed your relationship with your immediate family?

     Babywearing makes life possible here. My husband works a lot and super random hours. I truly never knew when he will or won’t be home. Without the ability to keep my baby happy, and say, clean the house or cook dinner or help with homework, everything would fall apart.

What are your favorite things about babywearing?

     Snuggles aside? I love that I can multitask.

What is your favorite thing about being a BWI member and coming to meetings?

     I love the meetings when I can attend. I was taught the ruck my first meeting which made my summer so much more bearable!! Having someone there to troubleshoot with me, and tell me exactly why it was or wasn’t working is invaluable.

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Who attends meetings with you?

     Usually just Emilia. Sometimes the whole crew. My visits are typically short when they all come.

What is your favorite carrier type and what is on your babywearing bucket list?

     Lately I’m loving my toddler Tula. So quick, easy and comfortable for everyone. I also love my ring sling. Bucket list…jeesh I don’t know! I would love to try a full wrap conversion Tula.

If you would like more information about meetings, membership, or BWI of KC in general, join our Facebook page.  If you would like to have your “profile” featured on our blog to share the reasons you love babywearing and our community, please email us at kc@babywearinginternational.org

Carrie Agnew, VBE and Vice President of BWIKC

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Member profiles: Amanda

We’ve asked some of our local members to share what they love about babywearing and our local community:  Amanda can often be found at our Overland Park meetings.

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How many kids do you have and how old are they?

     One child: Rocklan, 14 months

How did you discover babywearing and BWI and how old was/were your child(ren) when you became active in the community?

     When I was pregnant, I remember seeing carriers (although they were mostly Baby Bjorns and Ergos and a couple other SSCs since those are what seem to be so mainstream) and I was incredibly interested in it. I received a Baby K’Tan from a friend at my baby shower and I eventually picked up a Bjorn and a pouch carrier from a consignment sale. At that consignment sale I had seen a mama put her baby up on her back and started to wrap her on there but I had no idea what she was doing. I was debating between it being really cool or that mom was crazy. Well I ran into her inside and asked her about it and that’s how I met Michelle (one of the VBEs) and she told me all about BWI and I came to the next meeting that I could;  I’ve come every month since Rocklan was about 4-5 months old.

Who attends BWI meetings with you?

     My fiance comes to meetings with me whenever he can! He enjoys them just as much as I do!

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In what ways do you feel like babywearing has transformed your relationship with your immediate family?

     Babywearing brings us all closer (as daddy is a wearer too!) and it helps us get so much more done. I think it helps us work better as a team, especially when it comes to things like cleaning and shopping; one of us can wrap the baby up and we can get what needs to be done without having to stress about the baby getting into things or making messes or running off. It also helps that the baby is a cuddler and loves his “ups”.

What are your favorite things about babywearing?

     My favorite parts of babywearing (besides all the pretty wraps) are that I can hold my baby and be close to him without being stranded on the couch if he falls asleep. I love that I can keep him close to me without having to surrender to every thing else in life.

What is your favorite thing about being a BWI member and coming to meetings?

     My favorite part about coming to the meetings is getting to know all the other mamas who share a common interest with me. I also love learning from them; I still feel relatively new to wrapping and don’t know very many carries. I love how experienced and helpful everyone is.

What is your favorite carrier type and what is on your babywearing bucket list?

     I love love love wraps but lately I’ve found myself reaching for our Baby SaBye mei tai, which is the hubby’s. It’s much faster and easier to tighten since our little guy just started walking and wants to explore everything.  As for the bucket list, I WILL MASTER THE DOUBLE HAMMOCK!

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If you would like more information about meetings, membership, or BWI of KC in general, join our Facebook page.  If you would like to have your “profile” featured on our blog to share the reasons you love babywearing and our community, please email us at kc@babywearinginternational.org

Carrie Agnew, VBE and Vice President of BWIKC

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Member profiles: Ashley

We’ve asked some of our local members to share what they love about babywearing and being a part of our local community. Featured first is Ashley, who frequents Midtown meetings and occasionally attends Overland Park.

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How many kids do you have and how old are they?

     I have one son who is eight months old.

How did you discover babywearing and BWI and how old was/were your child(ren) when you became active in the community?

     I heard about BWIKC through a woman in my birthing class. I was pregnant when I came to my first meeting and brought my son for the first time when he was 3 weeks old.

Who attends BWI meetings with you?

     I have attended with my husband multiple times, my mother and sister have both come to a meeting and my in-laws came when they were visiting town. I also have had a friend and her son attend with me as well.

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In what ways do you feel like babywearing has transformed your relationship with your immediate family?

     I love that babywearing has allowed my son to be an active participant in family activities instead of just an observer and given me tools that I wouldn’t have known about otherwise. For example, on days when he is feeling more emotional or needing more “Mommy Time” I can be there for him through babywearing. Additionally, my husband enjoys wearing on the weekends and my mom has enjoyed wearing him for walks when the weather is nice. Babywearing allows them to enjoy time together.

What are your favorite things about babywearing and favorite parts of being a BWI member?

     I’d say my favorite thing about babywearing is how much my son loves it. For the first few months of his life he had a major meltdown anytime he was in his car seat. Babywearing was a lifesaver since I couldn’t leave him in his car seat after we reached our destination. I was able to wear him whenever we reached our destination and he calmed down immediately. Now that he’s older he loves the back carries. I think he feels like he’s participating in my activities from that vantage point. My favorite part of being a member is being able use the lending library to try out a carrier type for a month to see if it works for our lifestyle and carrying needs.

What is your favorite thing about coming to meetings?

     I love coming to meetings to learn new carries as my son gets older, troubleshooting any problems I might be having, and seeing other moms and babies that I know.

What is your favorite carrier type and what is on your babywearing bucket list?

     My favorite carrier type is a woven wrap. Right now I would love to get a size 3 or 4 DIDYMOS Indio In Monti if I can find it!

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If you would like more information about meetings, membership, or BWI of KC in general, join our Facebook   page.  If you are a member and would like to have your “profile” featured on our blog to share the reasons you love babywearing and our community, please email us at kc@babywearinginternational.org

Carrie Agnew, Vice President and VBE

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