This is my 3rd installment of Babywearing Stories 365. Each installment features a babywearer in 1 photograph and their answers to 5 questions. My goal is to normalize, promote and celebrate daily Babywearing, moving beyond *what* we use to carry our babies and shifting focus back on *why* and *where* we carry. I hope to share the stories of moms, dads, and babywearing caregivers all over the world. Enjoy!
Babywearing Stories – 3/365
This photo was taken when my son Winston was 3 1/2 months old. It’s a photo of me, Nicole, my husband Curtis and our now 6 month old son Winston. There were hundreds of Philadelphians around during this photo op, but on this very chilly evening they had all quickly scurried inside after the firework show. Luckily, there was another insane family braving the cold temperatures that was willing to take a moment out of their photo shoot to quickly snap a few photos for us.
This photo was taken on the balcony of the Independence Seaport Museum, which is located on Philadelphia’s historic Penn’s Landing. The museum had an early New Year’s Eve celebration for families with little children. Perfect way to ring in 2013 with Winston before his bedtime.
I’m partial to using the Ergo sport carrier when we’re on the go or going for long walks. It’s so easy for me to get Win in and out, while giving us plenty of snuggle time when we’re out. We use different carriers on occasion and for different reasons, but this one is great for when Win may be close to taking a nap or needs to snuggle in close. We all bundled up for this outing, since it was freezing outside. Winston thoroughly enjoyed his first firework display from the comfort of his seat. He wasn’t sure what to think at first and quickly looked up to me for reassurance (and clutched my sides with his little hands). Once he saw that Mama was enjoying the fireworks he relaxed, laughed and smiled, while Dad shot video of the fireworks.
December 31, 2012 @ 6:15PM after New Year’s Eve firework show. This was Winston’s New Year’s Eve celebration along with the rest of Philly’s little babes.
Wearing Winston in large crowds or in new situations has been such a great experience for us. If he’s overstimulated or needs a little reassurance, I’m right there to comfort him or help him snuggle in for a little snooze. It’s also really nice to be able to use both hands if need be. I’m trying to get in the habit of wearing him more around the house and love using our ring sling and using a hip carry, so Win can see the world and help Mommy get things done. I find it’s so much easier to get things done when I’m wearing him and we’re able to stay connected to each other. I find myself babbling away to him in the grocery store — I have two hands free to do shopping and can tell him all about the groceries that we’re buying and what we’ll be cooking when we get home.