We had two more babywearing meets at Amani Ya Juu this month, and I’m so excited about how this initiative is growing!
These meets are a great opportunity for mums (and dads!) interested in babywearing to get together, try out different carriers, and get information about how to wear your baby comfortably and safely. For example, at Saturday’s meet we spent time talking with one mum about how her baby loves to straighten her legs in the ring sling, and how to make sure she gets a good seat. (See tips below!)
But really, these meets are also a great way to make friends and build a community of like-minded parents. Yes, we spend time trying out (and admiring!) one another’s carriers, troubleshooting babywearing issues, and planning babywearing activities like walks in Karura Forest and babywearing yoga. But we also get to hang out, have a cup of coffee, and get to know each other.
I know I’ve said this before, but I really do love the supportive networks I’ve become a part of here in Nairobi. Although I’m far from home, I have found such wonderful friends and an amazing community here in Kenya that makes me feel right at home…
We are planning to make the monthly babywearing meets a regular thing, on the FIRST Thursday and THIRD Saturday every month, from 10 – 12 at Amani Ya Juu. The next meets will be June 5th and June 21st. See you there!
Tips on how to safely wear a “leg-straightener” or “seat popper” (a baby who loves to straighten her legs in the sling, which doesn’t feel secure to mum or baby!):
1- Avoid footie PJs on your little one when using the sling, because it’s hard for them to bend their legs properly when wearing one-piece jammie’s with feet.
2- Try to get a REALLY deep seat for your little one by pulling LOTS of fabric up between your little one’s bum and your body. Again, if she’s not wearing one-piece pjs, you could even tuck the sling fabric into her trouser waist at her belly button.
3- Continually check her legs and use your index fingers to pull her knees up higher than her bum.