Holiday Letter from Diana of Wrap Your Baby

Baby Annabelle in Diana's belly before she is born on Christmas Day

Annabelle was born on Christmas Day in 2009

Speaking as someone who birthed a baby girl in my living room in front of a decorated tree on Christmas Day 5 years ago, I can tell you that some gifts are better than others.  Nothing trumps a sweet, apple-cheeked baby!

And while you don’t have to have a wrap to find a way to keep your baby close, the gift of making it easier to fill baby’s needs and giving a mother back the use of her arms, hands, and legs is very real and valuable.

 

I feel so strongly about what wrapping can do for families that I have created a very specific plan to ensure that I can provide the most help possible to families getting wraps for themselves or others during the busy holiday season, and I am going to do my best to help families get the most out of their wraps during the many activities and concerns that are frequently engaged in at this time of year including shopping, family gatherings, extra housework, cold weather, consumerism, and too-common cases of over-scheduling and stress.
  • Look for helpful, new, holiday Pinterest boards . . .
  • Serve your fellow mom by sharing your tips for happy, stress free, wrapping holidays.  Just comment below with your holiday tips and I’ll add your tips to my Inspiration for Stress Free Holidays.
  • Keep an eye out for special promotions, giveaways and deals this season. Signing up for my newsletter is the best way to make sure you don’t miss these.
  • Watch for some great wraps that I will be stocking in the next month that can be had for less cash but are just as cuddly, convenient and comfortable!
  • And expect to see more blog posts to help you get the most out of wrapping while you navigate shopping, baking, parties, family, and fun.

2014 Wrap Your Baby Holiday Schedule:

 

Thursday, 27 November THANKSGIVING – post offices are closed so wraps will ship on Friday, 28 November.  US customers who order on 26 or 27 November can expect to receive their wraps by Tuesday, 2 December. As always, fast US shipping is free in the US, and international shipping is discounted.  International customers should receive them about 2 weeks after placing your order.

 

Friday, 28 November BLACK FRIDAY – the day after Thanksgiving is traditionally a big Christmas shopping day and a big sale day.  Other than shipping orders, I will not be working on Black Friday so I have decided to set up a Black Friday sale that will go into effect automatically from 12am (midnight) EST on 28 Nov to 12am (midnight) EST on Saturday 29 Nov.
I hope these great deals will make up for my not being present for business as usual while I spend the day with my children – you can check the store on Friday to see great sale prices!
Because I will be spending Thursday and Friday with my children, some emails will not be answered until the weekend when I will carve out some time specifically for responding to Wrap Your Baby business.  I know, just because it’s a United States holiday does not mean that moms’ needs and demands get a break and I don’t want to leave you hanging long with wrapping questions that may make the holidays go smoother for you!

Saturday, 29 November SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY - To celebrate all our customers that shop small businesses all year round, I have put together a reward at my store for those of you who shop in your local stores on Small Biz Satuday!

 

Monday, 1 December CYBER MONDAY – this deal on wraps is only for those who participated on Small Business Saturday so plan ahead!

Black Friday Wrap Sale

Patronize a Local Biz on Saturday and Get Rewarded for it at Wrap Your Baby

Small Family Business Woven Baby Wrap Sale
It is in the spirit of Small Business Saturday to leave your house, stroll up and down the blocks of your city and walk into shops that are often staffed by their owners who have the time and interest to listen to you, and then passionately and knowledgeably tell you about their products to steer you towards the perfect items for your needs.

When you do, be sure to snap a selfie and email it to diana@wrapyourbaby.com to save $15 on a wrap in my store, when you buy on the third shopping day of the trifecta: Cyber Monday!

When you email photographic proof that you patronized a small, local business on SBS, I will email you a coupon code for $15 off any wrap in my store good only on 1 December.  I’d love to be able to see the shelves of the store you are in, or snap a photo with the owner.  And I’d love to know what store it is and what you’re buying.

By sending me the photo, you are giving me permission to share it and any details you choose to share about it on the internet. I will post the photos in a Pinterest album.  I hope to see babywearing in some of the photos, but I am especially excited to offer this discount to those who may not yet have had the opportunity to get a baby carrier!
Wrap Your Baby and Shop Local!

Inanimate Objects: Babywearing Costumes

Another in my series of themed costumes for babywearers.  This post highlights costumes with the baby as an inanimate objects.  You would be surprised at the possibilities when you start brainstorming, and hopefully the pictures of these creative families will get the wheels turning for you!  And be sure to submit a photo of your babywearing costume to my contest to possibly win a wrap!

inanimate object babywearing costumes

Fantasy, Sci-fi, and Horror Babywearing Costumes

17 more great babywearing costume ideas for all those families who want to incorporate their baby and carrier into their costumes for extra Halloween fun!  If you do a babywearing costume, be sure to submit a photo to my costume contest!

Babywearing Costumes: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, Monster, Super Hero

Babywearing Costume Contest!

Babywearing Halloween contest

It’s time for the annual Babywearing Halloween Costume Contest on the Wrap Your Baby facebook page!

Share your photos on the wall between Wednesday 29 October and Monday 3 November, and  and I will upload them to the contest album where we’ll see which photo gets the most likes for a free wrap from my store!

Voting (liking) will go from 4 November to 6 November and the winner will be announced on Friday 7 Nov.  The winner is responsible for contacting me as I will have no way to get in touch with those who entered.  Check for a winner on 7 November and PM or email me if it was you!

PLEASE NOTE:  Outfits and traditional clothing from different cultures are not costumes but traditional dress. To avoid any one feeling that their culture is being misrepresented I kindly ask that you refrain from depicting any specific culture and/or nationality or subculture.

You can find more than 50 great costume ideas on my Babywearing Costume Pinterest Board or my recent blog posts sharing Babywearing Animal Costumes Fantasy/Sci-fi Babywearing Costumes and Character Costumes for babywearers.

Go get inspired and start creating!  Let’s have some fun!

Share Your City Groups Giveaway

Each month I give at least one wrap to a Babywearing Group Lending Library.  For September I asked groups to send me a photo of babywearing in front of a landmark in their region, or something that epitomizes the region.  Today, for Share Your City Saturday (International Babywearing Week), I am sharing some of the photos that were submitted and announcing winners!  Scroll to the bottom for winners and enjoy all of the photos along the way!

Babywearing in cities across the globe:

Babywearing in front of the Kelpies in Falkirk in Scotland.

Babywearing with the Kelpies in Falkirk in Scotland - a landmark that represents the engineering famous to this area particularly on the canal and that arts which are a big part of Scottish history. The kelpies were completed last year in celebration of the canal and the renewed industry around them created by the opening of the Falkirk wheel in earl 2000s. From the Forth Vally sling meet.

 

Babywearing in Saguaro National Park

BWI of Tucson with their famous Saguaro Cacti

 

Babywearing Central coast babywearing at the Air Force Base during a Rocket Launch.

Sarah from Babywearing Central Coast "wrapping at Vandenberg AFB during a rocket launch (one of the best known activities where we live)!"

 

Balboa Park Babywearing in San Diego

Stephanie and her husband (a Marine) represent Babywearing Camp Pendleton at the Balboa Park Gardens in San Diego.

 

BWI of NYC Chrysler Buidling Babywearing

Babywearing International of New York City babywearing with a view of the Chrysler Building from the top of the Rock

 

BWI of NY China Town during Lunar New Year Parade

Babywearing in Chinatown during the Lunar New Year Parade from BWI of NYC.

 

Babywearing Camp Pendleton: Babywearing at Ocean Beach

Jody, one of the group leaders for Babywearing Camp Pendleton, at Ocean Beach. BW Camp Pendleton is a babywearing group on Marine Corp Base Camp Pendleton, in California.

 

East Kentucky Babywearing Group: babywearing at Hillbilly Days in Pikeville KY, a huge weekend festival with proceeds going to Shriners Hospital.

 

Sudbury Babywearing Group with the Big Nickel in Ontario

3 members of the Sudbury Babywearing Group and one tandem wearing husband posing in front of the Big Nickel in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. The Big Nickel turned 50 this year; it is a symbol our our town, as nickel mining is really the whole reason there is even a town here to begin with! But more than that it symbolizes the strength, resilience and pride of a small northern town that dreams big!

 

Babywearing in front of Big Tex statue in Dallas.

For North Dallas Babywearing Mamas, here is Veronica and family in front of Big Tex "the mascot of the State Fair of Texas. He's 55 feet tall and has been around since 1952. Apparently he began his life as a gigantic paper mâché Santa Claus. And that's the landmark in a nutshell. Leave it to us Texans to have something so weird and loved."

 

Babywearing San Diego in front of Hotel Del

Babywearing in front of the Hotel Del from Babywearing San Diego.

 

NOLA Babywearing in Jackson Square New Orleans LA.

A NOLA Babywearers family at a popular landmark in their city: Jackson Square in New Orleans, LA.

 

Liz and her three boys on a local vacation to great-grandma's. Submitted for BWI of South Central Pennsylvania.

Liz and her three boys on a local vacation to great-grandma's. Babywearing with Punxsutawney Phil, submitted for BWI of South Central Pennsylvania.

 

BWI of South Central PA at Hershey's Chocolate World

Becky from BWI of South Central PA wearing her toddler at Hershey's Chocolate World. "When it is getting cold and rainy, outside, there is no better way to warm up than in a cuddly wool blend Ellevill Jack at one of our regions most special landmarks."

 

Tampa Bay Babywearing Babywearing Ballet class in Land O Lakes

Meeghan created her own landmark for Tampa Bay Babywearing: the babywearing ballet class she teaches in Land O' Lakes

 

BWI of DC, Maryland and Virginia babywearing in front of the Cherry Blossoms in Washington District of Columbia.

BWI-DC-MD-VA wrapping with the famous Wash DC cherry blossoms!

 

Babywearing at the nation's capital in the District of Columbia.

BWI of DC-MD-VA babywearing in front of the Capitol Building in Washington DC

 

Babywearing International Westchester/Rockland at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan

BWI of Rocland and Westchester: babywearing at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan

 

 

Babywearing in front of the state capital, Jefferson MO

BWI of Central Missouri in front of the Capitol Building in Jefferson City MO.

 

Camp Pendleton Babywearing Group at Oceanside.

Babywearing Camp Pendleton sent this picture of babywearing at Oceanside in California.

 

BWI of Rockland and Westchester babywearing in Headless Horseman County.

Babywearing on the Headless Horseman Bridge in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. "Over a deep black part of the stream, not far from the church, was formerly thrown a wooden bridge; the road that led to it, and the bridge itself, were thickly shaded by overhanging trees, which cast a gloom about it, even in the daytime; but occasioned a fearful darkness at night. This was one of the favorite haunts of the headless horseman; and the place where he was most frequently encountered." BWI of Westchester and Rockland.

 

BWI of San Antonio at the Alamo

BWI of San Antonio's first International Babywearing Week event, babywearing at the Alamo

 

Lakeland Babywearing in front of lake.

Lakeland Babywearing "We don't have a landmark but we are known for our lakes and our swans."

 

Lakeland Babywearing with swans.

Lakeland Babywearing: "We don't have a landmark but we are known for our lakes and our swans."

 

BWI of NYC Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

BWI of NYC - babywearing with the Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center

 

Babywearers International of NYC - top of the Rock!

Babywearing at the top of the Rockefeller Center from BWI of New York City.

 

Babywearing at the Washington Monument in the District of Columbia.

BWI of DC-MD-VA gets together for a group babywearing picture in front of the Washington Monument on the Mall.

 

Babywearing at Niagara Falls

Andrea of Bells Babies Sling Library wrapped up at Niagara Falls in Canada.

 

Babyweraing at the historical columns on the University of Missouri Columbia Campus.

BWI of Central Missouri shows wrapping in front of the historic columns on the University of Missouri - Columbia (Mizzou being the more common name) campus. They're all that remains of the original academic hall which was the first building erected on the campus. The rest of the building was destroyed in a fire.

 

North Dallas Wearing Mamas babywearing in front of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.

North Dallas Wearing Mamas in front of two major Dallas landmarks: the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and Dallas' iconic reunion tower.

 

Coastal Georgia Babywearers on Submarine

Awesome picture from Coastal Georgia Babywearers

 

Babywearing Group Bucuresti in front of the House of the People

Babywearing Group Bucuresti "Today, some of the members participated at a marathon, along with the babies, worn in ergonomic carriers. Some used SSC, others ring slings or wraps. This marathon took place in Bucharest, in front of the second largest building in the world, after Penthagon, The House Of the People, also the biggest building in Europe! It might not be as famous as Big Ben or The Eiffel Tower, but it is a place filled with our history! P.S. : we also won the marathon ;) "

WINNERS

I have to go with Babywearing Group Bucuresti because besides the awesome picture, they WON THE MARATHON!

I also love Lakeland Babywearers’ picture with the swans, and I’m going to give them a wrap for their library as well.

And because I can’t pick just two, I’m going to go ahead and extend this giveaway–which was supposed to be a September giveaway–to encompass October, too.  For October let’s add BWI of San Antonio for their beautiful Alamo photo and BWI of Central Missouri and the cool columns!

I’m going out in my city with my family now, so will send emails to winners by Monday, or feel free to contact me yourself: diana @ wrapyourbaby.com

Yin/Yang Babywearing Yoga Sequence

Guest post by Blair Williams, Yoga Instructor and babywearing mother of two. Want to learn more about Yin? BlairWilliamsYoga@gmail.com or Facebook- Blair Williams Yoga, LLC.

This Yin/Yang sequence will nourish both the male (yang) and feminine (yin) energies in the body. The Yang portion will help to strengthen, tone and energize the body. The Yin portion will allow you to surrender, let go, pause and nourish the fascia and connective tissue in the body (including joints, ligaments, and bones).

Three core principles to Yin:

  • Hold each pose/shape for a longer duration of time. In the practice shared below holds are anywhere from 1-5 minutes. Lovingly listen to your body- each day, each practice is different- hold poses for the duration that feels right to you/baby.
  • Get in touch with your “Goldie Locks Spot” or edge. This is where the pose is not too easy, but not too challenging. At your edge you will still experience sensations in the body, but it should not feel painful. Since poses are held for a duration of time- slowly come to your edge in each pose.
  • Poses are held in a relaxed and meditative state. Turn your attention inward. Muscles are relaxed, really allowing us to access the deeper sites in the body (connective tissue and fascia). Focus on what you are experiencing in your body- emotionally and physically during each pose/asana. Gently bring yourself back to the present moment/your experience if the mind becomes active (thinking about past or future events, etc.).

Disclaimer: Consult your/a physician before starting any new exercise program. And ALWAYS listen to your body. If something doesn’t feel right, for you or your baby- it isn’t right for you today. <3

Yang Poses

    Tadasana (Mountain Pose)

Directions: Stand with both feet together, arms at both sides, legs active, spine long and engage your core. Breathe deep. Take 5 deep cleansing breaths here (in and out through the nose).

Benefits:  It energetically helps to ground and become present as you begin your yoga practice. Physically it helps to create space within the body- allowing internal organs to work more efficiently. This can really improve respiration, digestion and circulation.

Mountain Pose: newborn babywearing yoga

Mountain Pose

    Prayer Squat

Directions:

  1. Stand in Tadasana (Mountain Pose), then step feet wide apart (the wider your feet the gentler the stretch) turn feet slightly outwards. Place hands in prayer at heart center.
  2. Bend your knees and begin to squat down. If heels stay on the floor as you squat- awesome! If not, allow heels to lift off the floor as you lower. Keeping your back straight, lower your buttocks as close to the floor as you can. Observe what feels right to you- only lower as far as feels good for you and baby.
  3. Pause at bottom of squat, hands remain in prayer at the heart center.
  4. Slowly begin to rise back up into a standing position.
  5. Repeat the squat an additional 1-10 times (depending on how you feel)

Modifications:  Place a folded blanket under your heels if they do not touch the floor when you squat down.

Benefits:  Opens the hips, improves balance, memory and concentration.

Prayer Squat 1: newborn babywearing yoga posesPrayer Squat 2: newborn babywearing yogaPrayer Squat 3: babywearing yoga poses

     

    Virabhadrasana B (Warrior Pose B)

Directions:

  1. Stand in Mountain Pose. With an exhale step your feet about 3.5-4 feet apart. Raise your arms parallel to the floor and reach them actively out to the sides. Should blades wide and palms are down.
  2. Turn your right foot slightly in and your left foot out 90 degrees to the left so the toes are pointing away from the body. Align your left heel with the right.
  3. Exhale and bend your left knee over the left ankle, causing the shin to be perpendicular to the floor. Bring your left thigh parallel to the floor, creating a 90 degree angle in your knee. Straighten your right leg and press your right heel out and down to the floor.
  4. Stretch your arms out, keeping them parallel to the floor. Turn your head to the left as you look out over the fingers of your left hand. Keep your spine straight.
  5. Hold this pose for 5 deep breaths. When you are ready inhale and come out of the pose (back to Mountain Pose). Then repeat with the ride side.

NOTE: In this pose we perform the left side first. Picture below models the right side.

Modifications:

Omit the 90 degree bend in the knee if needed or decrease the bend (as I have demonstrated).

Benefits:  Stretches your hips, groins and shoulders. Opens chest and lungs. Stimulates your abdominal organs, develops balance and stability. Builds stamina and concentration.

Warrior Pose B babywearing yoga

Warrior Pose

    Vriksasana (Tree Pose)

Directions:

  1. Stand in Tadasana (Mountain Pose). Really ground and spread left foot and toes (creating strong foundation in left leg/foot).
  2. Bend the right knee, bringing the right foot up and place the sole against the inner left thigh (avoid placing foot on the outside of the left knee).
  3. Rest your hands on the top rim of your pelvis. Make sure the pelvis in in a neutral position.
  4. Lengthen the tailbone towards the floor.
  5. Bring hands to together in prayer at center of chest.
  6. Take 5 deep cleansing breaths
  7. Release the pose and do the other side (following the same steps, just alternate side).

Modifications:  Stand with your back braced against a wall if you feel unsteady in this pose.

Benefits:  Strengthens the thighs, calves, ankles and spine. Stretches the groins and inner thighs. Improves sense of balance, relieves sciatica.

Babywearing Yoga Tree Pose

Tree Pose

 

Yin Poses

    Butterfly Pose (with or without forward fold)

Directions:

A. Carefully lower to and sit on the floor, with equal weight in both sitting bones. Spine is upright and legs are extended.

B. Bending your knees bring the soles of the feet together to touch.

C. Move your feet forward away from the body, so as to create a diamond shape with your legs.

D. If you’d like, remain here- upright position OR place hands on baby for extra support and fold forward bringing your head in the direction of the soles of your feet (as shown in photo).

E. Remain in either version of the pose for 1-5 minutes.

Modifications:  If you need additional support place rolled blankets underneath each knee or thigh as needed for additional support.

Benefits:  This is a “power” Yin pose, in the sense that it nourishes all the meridians in our bodies. Meridians are rivers of energy (“qi”) that flow and feed different organs and systems in the body. Kidneys/Urinary Bladder, Liver/Gallbladder, Stomach/Spleen and Heart/Lungs/Intestines. It’s a great pose to open the hips and gently stretch the lower back (lower back is stretched if leaning forward).

Babywearing Butterfly Pose Yoga

Butterfly Pose with optional fold

 

    Shoelace Pose

Directions:

  1. Begin by sitting straight with your right leg drawn over your left so that your knees are stacked and your feet are sitting back near your hips with your hands at your sides in Gyan Mudra (tips of thumb and index finger touch, other fingers are straight but relaxed).
  2. Lower chin slightly towards chest- closing eyes if you wish.
  3. Remain in this posture (with hand mudra) for 1-5 minutes.
  4. Release the pose and come into the other side (following the same steps, just opposite side).

Modifcations:  If this external-hip-rotation range of motion is challenging, elevate the sits bones on a cushion or rolled blanket. If there is space between your knees, put a folded blanket there as well to fill the space.

Benefits:  Another great hip opener- wonderful for liver/gallbladder. Poses that nourish the liver/gallbladder meridians help to transform emotions of anger into compassion for ourselves. Gyan Mudra helps to stimulate the root chakra and grounds. This mudra also calms and improves concentration.

Babywearing yoga: Shoelace Pose

Shoelace Pose

 

    Square Pose (with our without forward fold)

Directions:

  1. Sit cross-legged and bring your right foot on top of your left knee, your left foot under your right knee, your shins on top of the other. When you look down you should see that you’ve created a triangle shape between your legs.
  2. Bring hands together in prayer in front of your chest/baby.
  3. Remain here for 1-5 minutes.
  4. Release the pose and come into the other side (following the same steps, just opposite side).

Modifications:  If your right knee is not resting on top of your left foot, place a blanket under your right thigh.

Benefits:  Nice preparation for lotus pose, also helps to open up the hips. Is great for the liver/gallbladder and kidney/urinary bladder meridians.

Babywearing Square Pose yoga pose

Square Pose

    Dragonfly Pose (with our without forward fold)

Directions:

  1. Spread your legs as wide apart as they are willing to go
  2. Relax feet- no need to flex feet- we want the muscles to be relaxed/at ease.
  3. Add a forward fold if desired- using one hand to support baby and another to touch floor (if available)

Modifications:   If you have any low back or hamstring tension, a rolled or folded blanket under each knee will feel really good and take some of the tension out of the pose. Also, sitting on a blanket will help with the forward fold if you choose.

Benefits:  Opens the hips, groin and the back of thighs, provides a gentle opening to inner knees. Will help to ground and calm (great for Kidney meridian).

Babywearing Dragonfly Pose yoga pose

Dragonfly Pose

 

Dragonfly Pose babywearing yoga
Dragonfly Pose with optional forward fold
    Lotus Pose (Padmasana)

Directions:  This is a more “advanced” yoga pose. Please only perform if have been practicing and are familiar with the pose. Remain here (in either this pose or the modification) for 5 cleansing breaths in and out of the nose.

Modifications:  A beautiful alternate pose is simply criss cross position while bringing hands to the heart.

Wrapped Up newborn baby in a Lotus Pose with Babywearing Mama

Lotus Pose and Newborn Feet

Lotus Position Newborn Yoga

Lotus Position

Happy Wrapping!

photos by Petal & Vine Photography

I don’t want to spoil my baby!

You can't spoil a baby by holding it.

If you carry your baby frequently in a comfortable baby carrier, won’t she get spoiled and want to be held all the time?

Well, some babies come already wired to scream whenever they’re put down and it doesn’t take spoiling to make them that way.

Some babies are generally pretty chill.  They dig being carried, and the are perfectly content to sit in swings or bouncers, too.

A better question to ask is:

Is it important to let babies get used to not being held?

Short answer: no.

Long answer: this question is born from the idea that babies’ demands are different from their needs.  But the fact is that at this tender age, babies are instinctive creatures.  They aren’t calculating, they are responding to their needs in the way that evolution taught them to get our attention and make those needs known.

To us. The mother or father.  The person who is mature enough to understand needs and capable enough to know how to satisfy them in an appropriate manner.

Because, face it, babies are helpless:

If you’re hungry, you go get a snack.  A baby can’t.

If you’re too hot, you take off some clothes or turn on a fan.  A baby can’t.

If your nose itches, you scratch it.  A baby can’t.

If you are lonely, you call up a friend or walk into the other room to be with family.  A baby can’t.

A baby is completely dependent.

It’s given the ability to cry – a noise designed to agitate us – as it’s only way to get it’s needs met.

So if you shift to thinking of a baby’s cry as a communication of a very valid need, you can start to figure out what is needed.  And you will find that much of the time, simply picking up your baby satisfies the need.  He or she wants to be held.  Babies are designed to be held a lot for optimum development, and they’re designed to be uncomfortable when they’re not being held. That’s why babies who are held cry less. In 1986, the Journal of Pediatrics published a study in which researchers found that babywearing for three hours a day reduced infant crying by 43 percent overall and 54 percent during evening hours.

Of course, all babies are different.  Follow your baby’s lead.  Evolution (and Scientific studies) may give us the generalities of what babies need, but the specifics are definitely dictated on a unique one on one basis.  If you have a happy and healthy baby, I would argue that you are doing the right thing.

And you know what?  Babies grow up and learn independence when it’s developmentally appropriate, just as they learn to walk and talk and eat food without being taught.  Respect the process.  Respect your baby. He is developing and he will not be a baby forever.

Remember, there is no way for a baby–who is not mobile, cannot work doorknobs or handles or buttons on a thermostat–to be independent.  “Teaching” him not to communicate his needs, that nobody is there to respond to his needs, is not a necessary part of healthy development.

“Don’t stand unmoving outside the door of a crying baby whose only desire is to touch you. Go to your baby. Go to your baby a million times. Demonstrate that people can be trusted, that the environment can be trusted, that we live in a benign universe.” ~Peggy O’Mara

So, will your baby want to be held all the time if he or she gets used to being carried?  Maybe.  Maybe you’ll get spoiled too, by the convenience, the content and quiet baby, and the constant cuddles. Congratulations–you have a baby!  It’s temporary, it’s exhausting, and it’s magical.  There are worse problems.

Babywearing/wrapping demonstrates a loving world.

Babywearing out of guilt or obligation?

I don’t want you to do that.  I really don’t.  I think the best thing you can give your baby is a happy, healthy parent.  You should use a baby carrier because it makes life easier and happier for all of you.  If it doesn’t, chances are that another parent who is experienced with the same carrier can help you learn easy tweaks for making it more comfortable, or more convenient to use.  Look for a local babywearing group, or ask local midwives or visit a La Leche League meeting to find someone who may be able to help.  If there is no local help, you can avail yourself of free online resources like www.thebabywearer.com and you can always ask for help or guidance on www.facebook.com/wrapyourbaby

I Have Carried You Always

Before and After maternity and newborn pictures.

I have carried you, always.

Before you were conceived, I carried a part of you in my soul. When I met your father, I looked into his eyes and saw the other part of you, and knew you, and prayed that you would come to be.

Before you were born, I carried you in my womb. When you were restless I sang to you and soothed you and told you how I loved you.

When you were born, I carried you in my arms. I kissed you and held you and put you to my breast, so that you would know that there is light and warmth and goodness in the world.

Later, I wrapped you in cloth and carried you close to my heart. I held you close so that you could hear that my heart beats like yours; that we are the same, you and I, and that you would never have to cry alone.

After a while, I carried you on my back, so that you could look at the world with confidence and joy and know that you belonged; so that you could share all of the beauty of the world as an equal to all that live in it.

Now, later still, I carry you when you are tired or fearful. So that you know that no matter how weary you become, or what life holds, you can always depend on others for support and comfort.

When you grow older, my darling, and your adventures take you further from my arms, know that even in my last hour I will carry you. I will carry you in my heart, for you are always with me.

I will carry you, always.

- Christine Maguire
from the Natural Mamas blog

Newborn short FWCC in space goddess wrap

*Beautiful Blair and baby Hudson, photographed by Petal & Vine Photography

Animal Costumes for Baby Carriers

Animal Costumes for Babies for Halloween

Continuing with the costume themes, babies as animals are always cute.  You can go really simple (buy a hat with ears from etsy, or put butterfly wings from the dollar store around your wrapped baby), or really get into it with a full family costume or a glowing jellyfish umbrella!

These are some of the animal babywearing costumes submitted to my annual Halloween contest on Facebook, but there are lots more great costume ideas on my pinterest board! Whatever you decide, be sure to post a photo on my facebook page by Monday, 3 November to be entered to win a wrap for Halloween 2014!

Also see my Halloween Part 1 post: Character Costumes for Babywearers