Celebrating the Snuggles

>> Monday, November 10, 2008

This week is
International Babywearing Week (Nov.12-18) sponsored by Babywearing International, Inc. and TheBabywearer.com. Their theme this year is "Celebrate Babywearing." If you know me at all, you know I am all about celebrating babywearing. As my way of joining in the celebration, I am going to (try to) post a different babywearing picture everyday and talk about something else that I love about wearing my babies. If you have a question about babywearing that you would like me to talk about or a specific carrier you would like me to show/discuss, just comment here or shoot me an e-mail.

The thing I love the most about babywearing, having my babies close to me. I love feeling their skin on my skin, hearing their soft precious breaths. I love when they lay their head against my chest or my shoulders and I can feel them let their body fully relax and bask in the comfort of being close to mom. I love when Caden lays his cheek against my chest with eyes wide open and learns about the world from the safety of Mom's embrace. Isn't that what we as moms want to give our children- the ability to experience life but with the knowledge that we are always there to support and uplift them? Having my boys in the sling, to me, is such a perfect picture of the type of mom I strive to be. I love that when Lucas and Caden cannot be soothed any other way, I can put them in the sling and give them a safe and secure place to calm their little souls. And yes, I still put Lucas in the sling (all 35lbs. of him). He still wants/needs it at times. It is not a lot or for long periods of time (I use other carriers for longer wearing with him). But the moments I do wear him are moments I cherish. It reminds us both of how we are deeply connected no matter what happens the rest of the day. That I care for him, that I cherish him, and that I will ALWAYS be there to meet his needs in anyway I can from now to forever. And by wearing Caden, I am teaching him that those things are true for him too.

Beyond the convenience of my sling, it is a tool I use to help me nurture my boys. To hold them close, cherish the snuggles while I can and lay the foundation of love and nurturing that will hopefully last their entire lifetime.

That is one reason I celebrate babywearing. But there are many other reasons too. And we can talk about those this week. Why do you wear your babies? I would love to know as we celebrate together this week.
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Atwood-Family of 3 November 10, 2008 at 7:11 AM  

I wear my baby-soon to be babbies-because I feel it gives me a physical closeness I can't get with holding them in my arms alone. I love that I can literally hold them for hours on end and not get tired and can get that closeness with them that way. When Anne was tiny, it was also the only way she would sleep and I could get work done, which was a big bonus.

Mrs. S November 10, 2008 at 7:57 AM  

What other types of carriers do you wear? My son is 16 months and about 33 lbs, and I haven't had a carrier of any kind for awhile bc he just got too big for the one we had & we couldn't afford another kind. But, just in case someone asks for Christmas, what kind could he still fit in?

Adventures In Babywearing November 10, 2008 at 9:12 AM  

Oh, that is a beautiful photo! Especially with how life goes on about us but when we have them snuggled close it's such peace! Is that the one you won at the babywearing conference?


Earthmama November 10, 2008 at 9:16 AM  

That picture is just precious!!

FireMom November 10, 2008 at 9:31 AM  

What a gorgeous picture!

I wore BB first because it was the only way he would sleep. Then I wore him because I loved it. Then I wore him for convenience. I wear LB now because I'd never survive if I didn't. And, yes, I love the snuggles.

kayla November 10, 2008 at 10:53 AM  

Hello some how I found your blog looking for things on our sons birth defect esophageal atresia and im not sure how, anyways you have a great blog and I wish you the best.

Sharon November 10, 2008 at 4:36 PM  

That is the most beautiful photo!

Kim November 10, 2008 at 5:33 PM  

I love the picture of you and your sweet babe. Wearing babies is the best, isn't it?

Lauren November 10, 2008 at 6:45 PM  

Found you on the Mr. Linky for the Adventures in Babywearing post. Love your sweet photo and post! I'll follow your blog!

Rebecca November 10, 2008 at 6:54 PM  

enjoyed your babywearing post. i can't wait to try babywearing with my next baby!

abbyjess November 11, 2008 at 9:34 PM  

I'm so with you on the comfort of having baby so close. That's what sold my husband too and why he's ok with carrying our son in my oh so girly, magenta pink sling.

Mama Seoul November 12, 2008 at 4:32 PM  

He looks so snuggly in the wrap! Why would anyone want to lug a carseat carrier around?

Anonymous November 15, 2008 at 1:55 PM  

And to be able to bend your head down and kiss them is the best. This is a beautiful post.

Melissa November 18, 2008 at 3:00 PM  

It's so convenient, but also so nice to know I'm in contact with my little one even when I need my hands free. Yay for slings and carriers! :)

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