Airport Hurdles

This is my 23rd 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 Story 23/365

Who:
Our baby wearing family: Lucy (mom), Matt (dad), Greta (4 year old on daddy’s back), Eloise (2 year old on mama’s back), Beatrice (6 month old on mama’s front).

Where:
We are at the Philadelphia airport waiting for the shuttle back to our car after a trip to Florida.

What:
We are using three different carriers, all soft structured carriers, an Ergo, Boba 2G, and Toddler Kinderpack. After a long day of travel, we had some unhappy and whiny children who just wanted to be held. By wearing everyone, we were able to manage our luggage and not have to worry about anyone getting lost or running in the opposite direction. We, of course got some looks and comments, but they have always been positive and along the lines of “why didn’t I think of that?” or “everyone looks so happy.”

When:
June 18, 2012, late afternoon

Why:
While we certainly love the snuggles and emotional benefits from baby wearing, I think for us, baby wearing is just more practical. Having all our hands free to be able to pull luggage is much easier than either a) having to hold little hands, who might try to run away or b) having to push a stroller in addition to the luggage. Plus if the baby wants to nurse NOW (as is always the case, right?), it is easily accessible and we don’t have to stop and sit down! Daily, baby wearing saves me while trying to keep up with the big kids, whether just trying to cross the parking lot and hold two hands or running in to pick up the oldest from preschool. My husband thanks me all the time for finding some way to lug the kids around without having the annoyance of a stroller.

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