Monday, July 27, 2015
I was fortunate to grow up around babywearing. My parents added two babies to our family when I was a teenager, and I not only watched my mother wear them in a ring sling and my father occasionally carry them in a backpack, I wore them myself at times.
So when I became a parent myself, the use of slings and carriers seemed like a natural option. I've worn both of my kids since they were newborns. When my older brothers and their wives started having kids, they also embraced babywearing, making us a whole family of babywearers.
We recently had the pleasure of hosting our kids' cousins (and their parents) for week. Everyone had a great time, but the question might arise: How do you keep up with six kids age five years and under-- including three one-year-olds-- when the kids outnumber the adults and you're touring the DC area for a week? Answer: babywearing!
On a few outings, we brought one stroller that some of the kids took turns using. But we always brought lots of carriers. During our visits to the zoo, a farm, monuments, museums, a festival, hiking trails, and more, the ability to put a child on one's back while chasing or helping another child was invaluable. Babywearing allowed us to explore and have a great time together while keeping a large number of children safe and content. I look forward to many similar adventures in the future.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
This week, members of Babywearing International of DC-MD-VA went to visit a unique exhibit open at the National Building Museum this summer! It's the BEACH! An art installation that fills the huge atrium of the National Building Museum with a beach with no sand, water, or sharks! A giant ball pit that is fun for children and adults alike. After we got our workout playing in the "water" we walked a few blocks and enjoyed lunch. This was a fun outing that we highly recommend.
|R and M are having a little too much fun!|
|Don't let go, mom!|
|Best buds together again!|
|Uncle D's face says it all here|
|Uh oh! Uncle D knew what was coming...|
|Everyone into the pool!|
|Even the grownups had fun jumping in|
|We played with our kids|
|And we enjoyed time with friends!|
|What a great place to practice back wearing!|
|Laying out enjoying the waves lapping on our legs!|
|Gathering for our trek to lunch|
|Babywearers on the move!|
|Playing with baby waiting for our table.|
|Our group knows how to have fun together!|