The first time I looked up #babywearing I have to admit that I was skeptical. The whole wrap-my-baby-to-myself thing looked daunting and uncomfortable... it wasn't something I was immediately drawn to. But then, my darling koala bear daughter came into the world. Carrying an infant 24/7 wasn't too bad, but when she got to be four, five, six months old, it was starting to be a workout. One that I couldn't keep up with! My thoughts on babywearing became less judgmental as I saw other mothers peacefully go about their business with a sleeping babe on their back. Plus, with two hands free! I freely admit I was miffed. All these women were nursing on the go, doing housework, or enjoying quiet strolls while I was hobbling around with my arms ready to fall off. There had to be another way!
Then I came across an image I couldn't resist. Elise of the baby boutique Papillon de Fer posted an image of the Demoiselle Azure wrap by Lalu Wovens. Creamy white cranes graced over the soft blue 100% cotton weave and immediately reminded me of the sandhill cranes in Florida where I grew up. It wasn't long before I contacted Teresa at Lalu Wovens to find out if the Demoiselle Azure wrap could be part of the Deck & Oar Fall Collection photo shoot. Two weeks later, it arrived at our door.
At this point, the babe and I were pros at the Ergo 360 and My Wild Bird ring sling, and there were quite a few carries my husband had mastered as well. We thought we were doing all right with this. We were stopped in public often by wondering mommas and felt comfortable sharing our knowledge. Then, the wrap arrived. My mother-in-law who we were staying with at the time couldn't imagine how I was ever going to wear it, let alone wear a baby in it. I didn't either! It seemed huge! I was flustered. I was nervous. I felt like a new mom all over again with a fast-approaching deadline for a Fall photoshoot and release.
Then, in a sleepy haze the next week, I threw it in the car for a family beach trip. Why not? The babe had started our morning at 3:20 a.m. and I couldn't see how trying a new wrap would make matters worse. Maybe, I thought, it would miraculously change our day for the better. Maybe, it would sprinkle sleeping dust on my sweet girl and for the first time EVER she would fall asleep without nursing.
And wouldn't you know? It worked.
Within fifteen minutes of the supportive fabric wrapping us together, the babe was asleep on my chest. She had fallen asleep without nursing! Her sweet breathing mimicked the ocean waves and her salty, sandy toes rested gently against my hips. My husband and I walked the beach hand in hand and soaked the moments up.
When we arrived back at the car some time later, I slowly unraveled our little nest. She had never stayed asleep for a transfer, so I expected to begin the long process of nursing her and wrestling her back into the carseat. Instead, she rested heavily on my arms and took a deep breath as I buckled her in.
Before we left the beach, we were sold. We dusted the sand off the wrap, which came of so easily, and tucked it over baby girl's toes. She didn't wake for over an hour!
Post sponsored by Lalu Wovens. All thoughts and feelings are my own.