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Babywearing Through the Years

Steph over at Adventures in Babywearing asked to see our favorite babywearing pictures in honor of International Babywearing Week. There is absolutely no way I could choose just one. In fact, the eight that I included in this collage don’t even scratch the surface of my list of favorites. I’m pretty camera happy whilst babywearing. And, so, I present to you my Babywearing Through the Years collage.

Easy reference: left side shows BigBrother and the right side shows LittleBrother. In detail: top row, wearing BigBrother in our first ever mei tai back on The Farm, LitttleBrother in his few weeks of pouch sling wearing in a Gorgeous Baby pouch sling; small square pictures, l to r, wearing BigBrother in our all camo mei tai from Mei Tai Carrier on the 4th of July 2007 while pregnant with LittleBrother (I’m awesome, no?), taking a hike in our local state park with BigBrother on my back (I’m a tree hugger, get it?), LittleBrother’s first ride on my back in yet another mei tai from Mei Tai Carrier, and cuddling up in our Peekaru Babywearing Vest; bottom row, winter babywearing BigBrother in a MaM Babywearing Cover and more early days of babywearing with LittleBrother in yet another one from Mei Tai Carrier. (Yes, we have four. No, I can’t say enough about MTC. Seriously.)

(Also? That collage could also be named: Look at FireMom’s Numerous Hair Changes in a Two Year Time Span! Right? And it’s even different now than the Peekaru picture. I am a hair chameleon.)

I was introduced to slinging just before BigBrother was born. We had a mass-produced sling that worked just fine for getting him to sleep in those early (and somewhat cranky!) days. When he was a bit older, I bought a Snugli having done no research on babywearing itself. We quickly departed from that and switched to an Ellaroo Mei Hip. From there we discovered Mei Tai Carrier and never looked back until LittleBrother was born. With him, we did fully discover the beauty of ring slings (none of which made it into my collage, humph). He did not, however, enjoy our pouch sling(s) and so Ivy of The Trivial Pursuit of Happiness got my favorite one (it’s also pictured more throughout her blog). (But more on her later this week!)

When BigBrother was younger, I said I couldn’t live without babywearing. As the mother of two boys who are two years and one week apart, I can honestly say that I couldn’t survive without it. Like the day that I had to take two huge containers of fire truck shaped cookies to BigBrother’s preschool and FireDad was at work? I put LittleBrother on my back, got BigBrother out of the truck, grabbed the containers of cookies and had BigBrother hold onto the mei tai strap while we walked to the school and up the stairs. Other things like raking the lawn or even taking a nature walk without the stroller make it very clear how lucky we are that we discovered babywearing when we did.

Anyway, Steph is hosting a giveaway over on her blog post and you could win a sling from Nonny & Boo. Not that we particularly need another sling in the Fire Family but I’m  hoping to win as a gift to a dear friend of mine who is expecting another baby. (You know who you are, my love!)

And I just reviewed a great book about babies today. I loved it! Go see!

20 replies on “Babywearing Through the Years”

Oh I love your pictures!! What kind of mei tai do you like the best? I have never tried one, but would like too, so I am getting reccomendations now :) Also, I love the peekaru cover! I think I am going to need one of those this winter! AND btw, I love the hair changes! I need to be more daring with mine…

Great pictures! We love babywearing too, and really kind of hate the stroller. Honestly I don’t know the last time we used it. I just started putting Greta on my back and she thinks it is hilarious and giggles everytime I do it. We don’t have much of a selection, but love our Ergo! She was never much for the pouch sling, probably because she hated the slide lying position and always wanted to be upright.

Great pics!! I, like you, can’t imagine life without my sling (and MT and wrap…). I used it non-stop with my 2yr.old but it is even more essential now that I have a 3month old. He lives in the sling while I chase his brother and the dog. :)

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awww!! i love the pictures! i can’t wait for #2 because i kinda discovered babywearing late in the game. i want a wear a tiny little baby! also i have a preference for ring slings and jamison got way too heavy to soon for them to be comfortable past 10 months.

I love your pictures! What a neat idea to do a collage. :) I have 2 boys who are 20 months apart, so I definitely know where you are coming from on needing a carrier. I don’t know what I would have done without ours.

Your blog is so cute! I have never stumbled across your blog before! Thanks for stopping by mine to read about my babywearing experience. I am so pumped about getting a mai tei now! Every person that came by my blog has mentioned the mai tei and how much they love it!!! :) Enjoyed your post!

From one hair chameleon to another… ;)
I just love the collage and especially the MTC on the bottom right. Cute cute cute! I don’t know what I would have done without my carriers. I need to get on the ball and sell some of our lesser loves and get myself a new one. Because I’m sure i don’t have to convince you that it’s nice to have a variety.

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