As many of you know, last week was International Babywearing Week – a week to celebrate, share and promote all things babywearing. Our group, Babywearing Love Kenya, was an official celebrating organization, and we held plenty of events to celebrate.
We had two babywearing walks planned to get us moving outdoors with our tots. Nairobi’s short rains, however, caused a change of plans for one of them. Our scheduled walk at Oloolua Trail had to be cancelled, and instead we made a babywearing visit to the Nairobi National Museum! We had a really nice time roaming the exhibits. I’ve been to the Nairobi National Museum numerous times, but I always really enjoy the impressive mammal exhibit, and I adore the bird room. We also got a chance to view the Westgate Memorial, which was quite powerful, moving, and very well done.
Luckily, the rain did not interfere with another babywearing walk, this one in Karura Forest. It was a lovely day for a nice, leisurely stroll through the forest. Karura is an excellent place for babywearing walks, because the terrain is quite easy and you can wear your baby on the front or back, as you prefer. (Oloolua has plenty of steep, precarious steps and climbs, and I really prefer to have Sugarplum on my back when walking there.)
Finally, we held a Babywearing 101 class for wrapping and ring slings. This was the highlight of babywearing week for me. I have tried for the past 7 months to fall in love with wrapping. I even bought a couple of beautiful woven wraps when I was in the US, convinced that with a little practice I would become a wrapping pro. But time and time again, I reach for my ring sling. I can’t help it – it’s so quick, easy and comfortable! But I digress – the wrapping class really reminded me how much I want to be a wrapper. The wraps are beautiful, and – when done correctly and properly tightened – baby and mum can be so comfortable and well-supported in a nice woven wrap.
Elisabeth was kind enough to show us the ropes on a couple of basic front carries. First, she demonstrated the Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC), with a willing Sugarplum as her model. FWCC is a great, relatively easy front carry for those new to wrapping. I especially love that the two reinforcing passes can be either bunched or spread out over baby’s back. When it’s hot outside, it’s so nice to have a carry that doesn’t have layers and layers of wrap over your hot little baby. Here’s a great video tutorial for FWCC, if you’d like to learn:
Elisabeth also showed us the Front Cross Carry (FCC), which is a great carry for running errands, because you can pre-tie the wrap on your body and pop baby in when you’re ready to go.This is also a pretty easy carry to learn for new wrap-enthusiasts. Here’s useful video tutorial for FCC:
All in all, I would say that our first International Babywearing Week was a big success! I am so pleased with the enthusiasm of our members, and the wonderful community we’re developing together. Thanks to everyone who came out to share the adventure and help us celebrate International Babywearing Week 2014!
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