when hayden was first born, i remember seeing wraps + carriers in the stores, but honestly, i didn’t know much about them or babywearing. i bought a wrap for his first month of life, and wore him closely as we walked endless loops around our county fair. in fact, i remember buying it for this very moment and to keep him close to me and away from other people’s hands. sadly, i don’t think i wore him much after that week. fast forward to when he was a bit older, i bought our first carrier. and i think he sat in that thing, maybe three times. babywearing was seldom talked about around here, i was one of the first out of my friends to start a family, and i rarely ever saw babywearing happening. i wish i had. did you know there are so many amazing + different benefits for baby and for you by wearing baby close? i wish i had.
finley was about eight months old when i first joined the amazing community of mothers on instagram. i immediately was drawn to these beautiful carriers i kept seeing around. they were not like anything available in the stores and they also just so happened to be made by mothers themselves. i instantly fell in love with the idea of helping a mom be able to provide for her family. i did my research and i started to learn all of those many benefits of babywearing. i wanted to always keep my baby close + to experience this world together. i longed to have my hands free to be able to chase my toddler through the desert, sit down to play with him while the baby was fussy, or to make a delicious meal for our family when someone would rather be held.
finley is now 22 months, and i am wearing him more than ever before. it’s become a way of life and it makes us both so happy. i can sense his feeling of comfort when he’s worn. he can nap, while we continue moving along. and we can snuggle when he’s feeling sad or just when he wants some extra mama time. there’s a sense of calm in both of us when he is wrapped up closely to me. and now that we are well into a year and a half of wearing, i wanted to share with you several different + favorite ways that we carry in + out of our home. i treasure these products. they have been a Godsend in this season of motherhood and my only hope is for another mama to take that leap and give babywearing a try, too.
the solly baby wrap.
remember that first wrap i told you about, well it almost terrified me out of this one. but I was instantly drawn in by this beautiful pattern, a collaboration with amanda jane jones. and once i started reading about solly + elle [the lovely mama behind it all], i just knew this one would be different. that it would be amazing and so well loved. it’s not hard + bulky to get on and the fabric is out of this world. it’s made of lenzing modal, which is a lightweight, buttery soft fabric. everything is made right here in the us and environmental friendly dyes are always used when dying the fabric. the wrap itself is made to be used from the moment your babe arrives, up until 25 pounds. i personally love this wrap for the early, tiny newborn moments, but then again finley actually took a ride in it just last week.
if you’ve been following along with me for some time, then you have heard me mention wildbird before. okay, maybe a few times. and it probably will not be the last time [you’ve been warned]. wildbird is ran by the incredible + sweetest tayler. this was actually my first carrier [sling] that i ordered for finley + i. everything about wildbird is absolutely beautiful and i think that is why i was first drawn to them. their branding + marketing + product are easily put, simply amazing. the slings are available in three different fabrics and in either a single or a double layer [for those heavier babes + longer carries]. the slings are made in salt lake city, utah and can be worn from birth [eight pounds] up until 35 pounds. i have admitted before that i have quite the ‘stash’ happening over here and i am so not ashamed. from left to right: our first bird, sparrow; a single layer linen, warbler; a single layer bamboo, and indigo finch; a double layer chambray. go ahead, collect them all. i dare you!
happy baby carriers.
meet the newest carrier that i have just recently come across. i haven’t really been able to talk cory into wearing the wrap or sling [although I’d die if he did. insert heart eyes], so i have always been on the hunt for something that he would like to use as well. i cannot even remember when it happened, but i found it. happy baby carriers are made from my all time favorite fabric, linen. linen is lightweight + breathable and always so beautiful. these carriers are also made right here in the us. they also feature a hidden pocket with a sun cover for baby + extra storage room for you. happy baby carriers support newborns up until 45 pounds. 45 pounds guys! that’s carrying my almost four year old when his little legs can no longer keep up.