I recently met a beautiful woman carrying her adorable, chubby cheeked baby in a fun, brightly colored ring sling. He was happy as a clam snuggled up close to his mama, and she was comfortable and happy. I complimented her on her carrier and she mentioned that she flips the tail around so no one can see the ring sling label. When I asked her why she explained that she was around some other baby wearers and they had a lively discussion about how they also “started” with a ring sling just like hers, but then “they moved on” to wrap conversion ring slings. Since then she has been a little embarrassed of her ring sling, especially in the company of what she called “real” baby wearers.
As you can imagine, this conversation struck a chord with me. In fact, it is one of the reasons I started this blog in the first place! The idea that a person would feel “less than” because her $80 carrier supposedly isn’t up to snuff? According to whom? It makes my heart hurt.
It doesn’t matter if you have 30 “high end” carriers or you use a bed sheet to wrap your baby. If you babywear, you are a babywearer.
Babywearing is not something you BUY. It is not something you own, it is not a product. Babywearing is something you DO. It is the special closeness shared between you and your child when you hold them in a carrier. It is healthy, and safe, and comforting. It is an action. It is not tangible and it cannot be bought or sold. Babywearing is our experiences, our moments, and our stories; it is our lives and our love.
MARCH 6, 2016 UPDATE
Today this post was shared on a popular baby wearing page and I have had over 2k new visitors to this post. I am no longer actively maintaining Where We Wear, though the stories are here for you to enjoy forever! 😉 Find out what I am up to now by clicking here or come say hello over on Instagram at This (Un)Scripted Life or grab your own hand lettered piece HERE or play around on my website or if you are in the Philly area, join me at our next Mindful Woman retreat. 🙂 OR,if none of that appeals to you, just have an amazing day and enjoy your baby!