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    Baby Carriers, Nursing Slings and a WEAR: Babywearing Conference

    This blog post was originally published in 2010, but I decided to refresh it, AND tell you all about MommyCon and WEAR: A Babywearing Conference, that’s coming to the Chicagoland area next month. It’s going to be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. The conference takes places March 3-5th, and will allow new and seasoned parents alike to check out natural and organic products that they’ve been thinking about for a bit of time. 

    MommyCon and Wear: Baby Wearing Conference

    I miss babywearing, and having a little one in my home, but I DO have contributors with littles, who will still keep this blog full of information for new parents. So you’ll get information from those in the trenches, and sometimes, I’ll stick my head in to give you information from someone who’s been through the fire, to the limit, to the wall. To the fire, through whatever, come what may. If you don’t know these lyrics, you should. 

    MommyCon and Wear: Baby Wearing Conference

    The original blog post follows: 

    So, I figured, since I kind of qualify as a mommy blog (wait do I?) I would do some mommy blogging. In the last several weeks, I have been asked about things that I used for my children while raising them. While I am in no way a guru of all things children, I think that I have pretty well rounded kids and the choices that I make fit well for us.

    For today’s picks, I’m going to go with baby carriers that I used for the ladybug and places that I shop at currently for the Cellist. Indulge me won’t you?

    Baby Carriers:

    While I tried to do a version of babywearing when the cellist was an infant, I found that I didn’t like the bulky style of the carriers that were out at that time. Remember now, it was ten years ago, and I was just a mere 20 years of age. I wasn’t as much of a researcher as I am now, and I didn’t have many mommy friends to turn to. Skip ahead eight years, and there’s a myriad of websites, stores, and moms that I can turn to for babywearing advice.

    One thing that I really loved was the Mei Tei. It’s a soft structured carrier (SCC) that is flat and doesn’t take up a lot of storage space when put away. You can wear the baby on your back, front, or side, and most are large enough even for dad to wear the baby comfortably. What I loved the most was that they didn’t put any type of horrible weight strain on my back, legs, or hips. Here’s a couple of  pictures of me using my mei tei:

    Mrs. Houseful's Picks

     

    Mei-Tei-Back-Carry
    Back Carry
     
    This particular Mei Tei is from Cat Bird Baby however, I purchased it in a brick and mortar store here in Chicago called, Be By Baby. It was one of my most favorite stores to go to, because it really supports natural and attachment parenting. Makes me feel like I can really stand firm on my choices as a mother in the city. Unfortunately, it closed and I’m super sad. 
     
    Another carrier that I also purchased, from the same store listed above, was a Wrap N Wear . It’s basically a large piece of fabric similar to the Moby Wrap. I like it because it is a linen blend and does not stretch when worn over long periods of time. These baby carriers are SO comfortable when nursing as well. It’s quite easy to readjust your infant to nurse, and to give yourself some coverage if you want to. There are so many different types of wraps that can also double as a nursing wrap so it’s just about preference honestly. The main thing is to to be comfortable. 
    Mrs. Houseful Picks
     
    Hopefully, this portion will help someone when they are looking for carriers for their children and maybe enlighten those who never thought about it before. Another GREAT resource for information was The Babywearer Website . I was able to ask questions and see ways to wear the ladybug. The moms there are fantastic when it comes to wearing, however – lots of them can be very granola living – meaning they LOVE natural parenting. I take what I need, and leave the rest to the professionals. LOL! 
     
    Babywearing definitely made caring for the twizzlers, and the ladybug very convenient. I hope that those of you who purchase for nursing, or to use instead of a stroller on quick errands, find one that you love!  
     

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