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.
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.
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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Carrie Agnew, Vice President and VBE