When Toddler C was a baby, I carried him a lot.
I still carry him whenever he will let me.
And I think if I have a second child, I would carry them even more.
Baby carrying initially takes some persistence.
Especially if it is your first baby, I think you worry about how the carrier works, your baby's position, you are recovering from pregnancy and birth, you are trying to figure out breastfeeding, and you are adjusting to being a mother.
Your confidence can take some serious hits over the course of those first few weeks...there is a huge amount of learning that happens both for the mother and for the baby...and I think that new mothers often give up on baby carrying.
But don't give up!
Keep on carrying!
It is one of the best things that you can do for your baby...and for yourself!
I loved having my baby close to me...first and foremost it felt right, he was born in winter and so it was cold and quite frankly having my own personal heater in the form of my baby was the best, I could get to doing what I wanted to do...go into the city, walk to the local shops, take the dog to the park, and he generally slept when I carried him.
To this day, I love carrying him...I love having him up close, we walk and and we talk, our conversations are wonderful. Those moments are some of my favourite parenting moments.
At two and a half, my little guy unfortunately isn't that interested in being carried any more...he is far too independent and generally wants to walk, collect flowers and "go bush"
But occasionally he requests to go "in the pouch" and whenever he does, I am happy to oblige.
I would highly recommend baby carrying.
It is such a wonderful way to bond with your baby.
Please describe your business.
Hugabub is a business whose key focus is on meeting the very important CLOSENESS, needs of newborn babies and new mothers. Since we began over 15 years ago our main focus has been on spreading the word about the numerous physical and psychological benefits of ‘Babywearing’ for both mother and baby. Our wrap carrier was designed to make it deliciously comfortable for women to be able to carry their new baby as many hours of the day as they both enjoyed without compromising their need for comfort, or to have their hands free for a busy work or social life. We proudly say “We get new mothers and babies off to the best start! “ While our carriers can be used well beyond the first few months, they really are designed to be the carriers you start with. Most of our customers fall in love with ‘babywearing’ and start to acquire a diverse range of other carriers, wearing their babies well into toddlerhood. This is something we are super proud of.
Why did you start Hugabub?
I started Hugabub after finding the baby carriers commercially available were neither comfortable or truly supportive. I always had an intuitive longing to be close with my babies but found it a challenge with so much I needed or wanted to do both at home and outside of home. After reading the Continuum Concept, I had a much deeper understanding of just how profoundly ‘close contact’ could change our life and shape our babies’ psychology. Our wrap carrier is based on a traditional Thai method of carrying babies with some simple modern adaptations making them simple to use and profoundly comfortable.
What inspires you?
I would have to say nature! I watched an elephant being born over the weekend and am in awe of how this new mother just knew exactly what to do and how when her baby was born not breathing, she proceeded to give it some strong nudges with her foot until it finally breathed. She then worked to help it get up as quickly as she could on it’s own two feet. She didn’t need to be shown how to do it, she didn’t have someone else more experienced do it for her...it was all there in her genetic hardwiring. Everywhere you look, nature is just doing her thing with profound beauty and grace. I get really inspired when I see women and men taking charge of their own births and childcare from a place of primal intuitive knowing too. (That sounds very ‘Byron Bay' doesn’t it ?) But it is true.
What do I love most about being a parent?
Such a hard question. I have been a parent now for over 26 years and I cannot remember who I was before. I get to experience such a depth of love that is almost painful. When my youngest just puts her arms around my neck and says ‘I love you mum’, I melt. It’s not all a bed of roses but the highs and the lows have helped to shape me into a person who cares deeply about others, my community and the planet we live in. I am a work in progress and I dare say, I still have a long way to go. Somehow knowing I have these divine and sometimes challenging ‘creatures’ around me, comforts me to my core.
On this ninth day of Christmas giveaways, Hugabub is offering a organic wrap carrier in Byron Blue.
Have you thought about baby wearing?
Maybe you didn't use a carrier for baby number one but are planning to use one for baby number two?
Perhaps you know someone who is pregnant who would love a carrier for Christmas or as a baby shower gift?
And remember, dads can carry babies too!
Hugabub is endorsed by midwives, childbirth educators, physiotherapists, chiropractors and osteopaths...and of course by parents all over the world!
It really is the "Mercedes of baby carriers!"
To win the Hugabub Organic Wrap Carrier, please follow the Rafflecopter prompts below.
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The terms and conditions for the Hugabub Organic Wrap Carrier hosted by Mother Down Under are as follows.
This competition is open now and runs until 16 December at 6:00 pm.
This is a game of skill and the winner will be picked by Mother Down Under based on their answer to the question posed.
Entrants must leave a comment...and one comment only...in the comments section of the Mother Down Under blog.
Entrants must be contactable via email.
The winner will be notified via email and announced on the blog.
The prize cannot be exchanged for cash.
Please note that Mother Down Under does not handle any post giveaway negotiations.
I received nothing in return for hosting this giveaway. My aims are to promote Australian businesses, to encourage my readers to buy locally this Christmas, and to consider giving quality lasting gifts and enjoyable experiences.
I also hope to give back to my readers as they continually give their time, advice and support to me!