Babywearing is an awesome way to get things done around the house, to go on long walks or grocery shopping while staying hands-free, or to chase after older siblings. I know that I wouldn’t have been able to do all of the things that I’ve done without being a confident babywearer.
It’s also a great way to meet other moms! Tampa Bay Babywearing is a great resource for parents to know about. There’s an active Facebook group where you can sell your old baby carriers or buy one at a discount, as well as just bond with other moms that are in the same stage as life as you are.
During typical, non-pandemic times, there are meetups where you can hang out with other parents in the community, learning sessions at libraries where you can try out baby carriers and learn more about how to use your own baby carrier, and a lending library where you can get the help you need to wear your baby or toddler comfortably no matter where you are in your parenting journey.
Many people become familiar with babywearing from a baby shower gift or a must-have registry item. In most cases, they get a soft structured carrier like an Ergobaby or a Tula carrier. These are great carriers to start with, but there are so many different types of baby carriers to choose from, such as ring slings, mei tais, woven wraps, and stretchy wraps.
In terms of where to buy carriers locally and to get support from an experienced sales professional, you can visit Crunch Natural Parenting in Dunedin or Buy Buy Baby in Brandon. If you’re open to consignment, you can always stop by Once Upon a Child or Reruns for Little Ones to be able to see a range of carriers in person before you buy one.
It can be intimidating to get started with babywearing for the first time. However, once you start figuring it out, you might find yourself buying more and more of them to finish out your collection. Plus, there are so many other fun parents to meet along the way.