We’re coming into international baby wearing week so I thought it would be timely to talk about one of my loves and run a giveaway for one of the best baby carriers around, an Organic Ergobaby.
I guess I haven’t posted about it as often lately as my children have both come to an age where running away from me is their preferred method of transport.
Today though I wanted to talk to you about the freedom of babywearing – boundless parenting as I like to think of it.
This was particularly highlighted to me as we traveled in the Philippines earlier this year. As we were trekking down a steep staircase to a secluded waterfall I called out to Errol “We couldn’t have done this without the Ergo” and he almost scoffed as he called back “We couldn’t have done parenting without the Ergo”. Of course he was being dramatic but a sneaking part of me felt an element of truth. Wearing our babies has made the transition from young things sleeping in the back of our car to parents as freeing as it could be. While my belly swelled with our Peach inside I was told time and time again how difficult parenting would be. How sleepless I would feel. How restricted I would be as a mother. “Go out somewhere nice now before she comes, you won’t get to again” someone would say as I’d mentally jot down all the things I wouldn’t be doing again anytime soon. But then she arrived and things weren’t as I’d been scared into thinking. Sure, we had a baby but she seemed to continue to be an extension of me. Held in close to my body by her carrier we were one and life continued on as normal.
When we headed to the Philippines for a five week adventure through the islands we didn’t think twice about our children’s ages. Toddlers traveling in a developing nation? Easy. Through airports and marketplaces where people were begging along the path side we adventured on. No hand holding. No chasing. No worrying about where they were every minute. Our children – one of whom was visiting this chaotic country for the very first time, experienced this new place from the security of our constant embrace. What better place to be when everything is different to everything you’ve known than on the back of the one you adore. And for us parents? Travelling was easy. We didn’t need to worry about how we’d cope without our pram. We didn’t need to plan our days in distances the children are comfortable to walk. We just traveled and were able to enjoy the experience of travel with our children – not despite them. Their faces level with ours, seeing what we were seeing and always constantly safe. Perfect.
Next week is a week to celebrate international baby wearing week and naturally I am excited.
In Australia and NZ we are lucky enough to have events being organised for this event so go check out their Facebook or website and find an event local to you! This is a great way to meet other like minded parents or even test out a few different carries (hint, if you’re in Brisbane you should come to our swapmeet event I’ve been organising with my friend!).
Now, I guess you’re all keen to get to the giveaway part of the post (so am I!)
In light of the fact that it’s babywearing week soon I wanted to share my babywearing love with you and give away a brand new organic dessert bloom Ergobaby RRP $209 (this is on my wishlist!).
Entry is now closed. Winner will be announced soon x