International Babywearing Week starts today! I don’t have a huge touching story to share, and I can’t tell you that babywearing is central to my parenting thus far, especially since my daughter refuses to be worn inside the house (though on errands and outings she is happiest in my ring sling or my soft structured carrier).


But I can tell you that my carriers are important tools to me! I like to keep my little girl close to me when we’re out and about. I feel like it helps me respond to her needs much more quickly, and I think she’s much more comfortable against my chest than she would be in a stroller or an infant car seat. I can’t say those things for sure though, because I don’t even own a stroller or an infant car seat (Don’t get all scared — I have a car seat for her, but it isn’t the kind that “pops out” to carry your baby around in).

I will also say that although I’m not a huge germophobe, I like that when I’m wearing Anneliese, people don’t feel like they can just touch her without asking, the way people often do with babies in strollers and infant car seats. That alone made me much braver about taking her out to run errands in the first weeks.


So yes, I love me some babywearing and look forward to doing it more. And I’m looking forward to trying out tons more different carriers, too. So in celebration of babywearing this week, I’d like to share the following “goodies” with you!

In Response to recent CPSC actions:

International Babywearing Week Video:

My Favorite Babywearing Video:

Personal Babywearing Stories:

Babywearing Books for Kids:

(Click to see more information and to buy)

Babies on the GoCarry me (Babies Everywhere)

Look What I See! Where Can I Be? In the Neighborhood (Michels, Dia L. Look What I See! Where Can I Be?,)A Ride on Mother's Back: A Day of Baby Carrying around the World

Babywearing giveaways and discount codes:

How to Make Baby Carriers, if You’re Crafty

Awesome Babywearing Stuff (Besides Carriers):

(Click to go to etsy and buy. If it’s sold, check out the artist’s other stuff!)

Keep Calm and Carry On parody postcards -- Babywearing special Notecard - Quiet Moment Pieces Of Me - Archival 8x10 signed motherhood print from an original painting by Katie m. Berggren

Mommy Goddess Mini Sculpture With Nursing Toddler Girl and Older Brother Custom Breastfeeding, Pregnancy, or Babywearing Drawing

YOUR Custom Babywearing Mama Figure Cut coin Sacagawea American Indian necklace unique gift for coin collector

11 Comments on In Celebration of Babywearing

  1. Ella says:

    Hi! That is a beautiful ring sling! What brand is it I would like to get one!!!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks again for telling me to check this post out on Twitter! My husband and I both wear Hannah daily, so I love having different options for her–the ring sling tutorials look wonderful.

  3. Oh, what a wonderful post and thanks for sharing all the links and goodies! It was so sweet of you to link my post: “How I love…” in the baby wearing stories, I am very humbled.

    All the best to you and your family,


  4. Kerri says:

    My daughter AND her hubby wear their babygirl. She has blogged about it and has shown off her sweet babywearin’ hubby!

  5. Joni says:

    I wore and wear my babies. All of them starting with the first one 15 years ago and now, with a 26 day old newborn. I wear her in the house, out and about and everywhere else. It breaks my hear to think about someone else taking care of her and her sitting in a bouncy chair all day when I go back to work at the first of the year. Thanks for the resources and links. Fun stuff 🙂

  6. Friday Favorites — Musings of a Marfan Mom says:

    […] you are really confused what I’m talking about, check out Emily over at Joyful Abode’s piece, In Celebration of Babywearing. This week is International Babywearing Week, so Emily put together the most comprehensive […]

  7. Tristina says:

    I love this! I’m bookmarking it for all the great materials and sewing blogs!

    Thanks for including my story, too. =)

  8. Julie M. says:

    I think I could comfortably say I’m a babywearing addict. I wore all three of my boys (I still wear the 20 month old at least once a week) and couldn’t imagine NOT having a carrier of some sort. Heck, I even ran a babywearing business for a short time!

    Great post you wrote. The references are fabulous as well! Thanks so much for sharing, your daughter is beautiful as is the carrier!

  9. MarfMom says:

    love this! the personal babywearing stories remind me of some of mine. i can’t wait to wear this baby! 🙂

  10. oh wow this is an amazing post! Thank you for listing those children’s books, I had no idea there actually were some about babywearing! And I LOVE baby carrier giveaways!

    That photo of your naked little baby in the gorgeous ring sling is BEAUTIFUL. I love it so much. There is nothing like your precious daughter all snuggled on your chest is there? oh baby love!

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