I wish I had realized the importance and benefits of baby wearing sooner…
If someone had told me 5 years ago that I would be a foster mom someday, I would have laughed at them. If they had told me that I would start a company making baby carriers, I would have laughed even harder. Not being a parent prior to fostering, I never gave baby wearing much thought. In fact, I gave it no thought. Knowing what I know now, I wish I had become a baby wearer earlier than I did, for both the benefits to the child and for me. I only thought to wear Baby A this past summer when I would take her and my dogs for a walk. I now realize that I should have worn her when she came to me at only a couple of months old and less than 6 pounds. It was winter. I live in Pittsburgh, it’s cold in December. She was always cold, and she mostly would just sleep on my chest until I got a mamaroo and put a heater in her nursery on 80 degrees. Mamaroos are amazing if you have never had one! Wearing her would have been perfect. I just didn’t think about it. She was waking up every 2 hours to eat, I was just trying to survive. I wonder now how things may have been different for us both had I worn her.
When the weather started getting warmer this past spring/summer, I wanted to start taking Baby A on walks with the dogs and I. Prior to this, I would wait until she went to daycare or her babysitter came to the house before I would walk the dogs. I didn’t want those limitations and there were still the weekends to deal with. The first time I tried to take them all for a walk, I had A in the stroller and the dogs on their leashes.
I made it to the end of my driveway and decided that was a bad idea because my neighbor stopped to talk with me and the dogs were going different directions and A was screaming in the stroller. I finished talking with my neighbor and walked back into the house.
That’s when I decided I would wear one of the 3 carriers I had when I walked the dogs. There were things I liked and disliked about each of them. You can watch the animation on my website for more details. One day, I just started to think that I could work with a designer and design one that was easier to put on. Then I got to thinking that if I liked the design maybe others would as well and a stranger from San Francisco encouraged me to start a company. That was the birth of Baby A Designs! I hope for any of your who don’t wear your child because you haven’t found a carrier you like that you will give our carrier a try! What is also great is that once you stop wearing your child, you will still have a vest or jacket to wear! One of my most proud accomplishments with the baby carrier is that my mom wears Baby A and that makes my heart happy! I never thought I would see my mom wear a child especially given her back problems and at 20 lbs, she still wears Baby A when she walks around the mall for exercise for an hour!