8 years... That's the age difference between my two kiddos. I have to say a lot has changed in eight years. For starters, the breastfeeding movement is booming in all of its free the nipple glory. Cloth Diapering and EC (Elimination Communication) are becoming more prevalent. AND then, there's baby wearing. When I had Jax, my oldest, I envisioned being one of those cool baby wearing mamas. I remember putting Jax in my newly purchased wrap, totally predicting that he would love it. Well... he hated it. The kid screamed and kicked his way out of my beautiful wrap and apparent torture device. Needless, to say, I relinquished, and surrendered to the fact that every kid is different, and my oldest wasn't with "being worn"...Snuggled yes..."worn"...no.
Fast forward 8 years, I give birth to Jedi-Freedom. He loves being snuggled. He loves being close to mama. And he loves being worn. In fact, he prefers it. This is so great. Truth is, I accomplish a lot more by simply tying him on my back (or front) and proceeding with my day. In other words, with this particular kid (because all kids are created differently), baby wearing would be the best way to go! So, when Ergo approached me in regards to sending me a carrier to try out. I was like, 'hey, why not'. By this time I had tried a few carriers and wraps out, (ALL different & individually amazing). Needless to say, I was pretty excited about taking my new Ergo carrier out for a test drive. Until...
I pulled my back. Yes, I pulled my back. How Sway?!?!? -Kanye voice. I pulled my back by simply carrying my 20lb. baby...I was freaking. I had things to do... people to see. Nobody has time for a sore back. Weeks prior, my family and I made plans to participate in National Record Store Day... a full day where vinyl lovers can score musical gems. We made plans to go from record shop to record shop and see what we may stumble across. With a sore back, this artistic scavenger hunt began to look less and less of a reality.
Cue, my Ergo Carrier. Truthfully, it could not have come at a better time. I remember trying it on, and immediately becoming quite impressed. First and foremost. lets discuss the functionality of the Ergo. I love how I could just put it on... adjust the straps, click, and go. Pretty simple. Secondly, I love the option of three different and easy ways to wear the carrier (Front, Side, and Back). Every wearing position is super simple to adjust, with very little manipulation needed.
Lastly, I have to discuss the comfort of the Ergo Carrier. Now, please keep in mind that I had a sore back that was on the mends. Nevertheless, I was not only able to carry the babe in the carrier, but I was able to carry him and feel absolutely comfortable. The straps didn't dig into my shoulders. I didn't feel weighted down (because I'm carrying a 20lb baby).. I was super comfortable. The truth is, I could go on and on about so many minute details... like the fact that it has pockets (because pockets are cool), and that its machine washable (because babies poop). However, the feature that I was most impressed with was the amazing back support. Because of this feature, Jedi's weight was evenly distributed, thus allowing me to carry him around, and feel super comfy. It was truly perfect!
While parenthood is not always easy, It is truly special finding moments of peace, breathing, and strapping your baby to your back, as many of our foremothers. With the on-the-go- convenience that my Ergo carrier provided, we were able to celebrate art around the LA record store scene without a hitch! A Special thank you to Ergo for giving me the opportunity to show how their carrier has allowed our family to #KeepCalmWithThisCarryOn.