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The babywearing meeting May 12, 2009

Posted by Judy in babywearing, Musings.
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For several months, I’ve been wanting to go to a babywearing meeting, but deemed it too far away.  Well, since the weather is nicer, I decided to take the plunge and make the drive.  It turned out to only be about an hour away, so not as bad as I thought.   The main reason I wanted to go was to see some baby-carriers IRL, since all of mine are DIY carriers, I had no idea whether or not I was on the right track.  Several of the moms brought their carrier stash so that we could try them out.  Sadly, my toddler was uncooperative (i.e. didn’t want to be carried), so I only tried a SSC (soft-structured carrier) and a half-buckle with him.  My infant was happy to be wrapped, so I tried out a Didy Pfau 2.7.

Here’s what I discovered:  the SSC wasn’t really all that comfy, I defintely prefer my hybrid version.  The half- buckle wasn’t bad, but something I could definitely make myself. I was REALLY pleased to discover that my tablecloth wraps could hold their own with the Didy wrap. I have yet to try a Neobulle and maybe  another thin wrap, maybe next time.  Also, I really should try the wraps with my toddler, since that will really give me a better comparison point.So there is pretty much no need for me to be spending lots of money on carriers that other people make when  I can make them just as well, if not and they are more comfy since they are custom-made for me and DH.

One of the moms said that she too had started out with a DIY stash, but after buying her first carrier, she realized that the finishing details were much better than what she could do.  Maybe I’m just arrogant, but I’m pretty sure my seamstress skills are good enough to do some really nice finishing details.  And if they aren’t, I should definitely learn, and how else will I learn if I don’t give it a try, right?

All in all, I met some nice mamas there, and DS got to run around and play with some other boys his age, so that was good.  I’ll probably go back, but I’m thinking it will not be a monthly thing, especially since I got stuck on the beltway for like 45 minutes!!  Ick!

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