CONGRATULATIONS! Are you Kristi H? You’ve won!
Here’s the thing: When it comes to parenting, my tendencies tend to skew toward the hippie spectrum. Delayed solids? Prolonged breastfeeding? Aversion to overly structured structureness? It’s weird. I know. I didn’t see it coming either.
One aspect of parenting I really couldn’t have seen coming is my new obsession with baby wearing. Seriously. Baby wearing?
First of all, the term is funny. What does that even mean, Baby Wearing? You’re not actually wearing your baby. You’re carrying yo baby. This isn’t Silence of the Lambs here. But also, right.
(More after the jump. Plus a GIVEAWAY! Oh yes you read that right!)
I like Baby Wearing (if you like to call it as such) because it appeals to my roots. I was raised by a pack of women (nine child-rearing aunts living in the same town) who wore their babies, but to them it was called “holding your babies.” The women in my family read no parenting books, bought no parenting doohickers, and sort of old-schooled it. I like that. Babies were passed around and around and held constantly. By their moms, and by their cousins’ moms too. It takes a village! Or something. I feel like I am following after the manner of my women by Baby Wearing, only also not, in that my way of baby wearing involves way more accessories, and less arms possibly, and also way less family members living close by. So, not at all, really, I guess. Except still, yes. Hmm.
(Also, the women in my family would probably be appalled at Hillary Clinton references of all kinds.)
So, baby wearing. Right. I am pro-baby wearing. (Who isn’t?) Lots of good reasons to baby-wear only I’m not going to go there. Imma talk to you today about BRANDS. You know, like, PURCHASING OPTIONS. Which carriers are best? You want to wear your baby, but how? With what? These are big questions. Imma attempt to answer them, suckas!
And now, the super fun part: This week, I am giving away a BabyBjorn Original Carrier in their new retro design (our winner gets to choose between the orange and the blue color way!) For an entry, just tell me in the comments: Which carriers have you used? Which is your favorite? Conversely-wise, do you call it Baby Wearing or Baby Toting? (Baby Schlepping?) (Baby Chest-Strapping!)
Winner will be chosen at random this Friday at Midnight, and the winner will be contacted via email. Good luck, and happy commenting!