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How I became a babywearer

BabywearingAnne Freeman
Bub's first food festival at 1 month old!

Bub's first food festival at 1 month old!

One of my besties, Marion, had her bub Allegra a year before I had Davie. One day we caught up and she had, what appeared to be, a baby in her T-shirt. I learned that what she was wearing was actually a stretchy wrap. Allegra looked so cosy in there and she never fussed or cried, just nuzzled into her mummas warmth, totally content and, more often than not, snoozing. When I too was conscripted into mummadom a year later Marion, being the total doll that she is, bought me the same stretchy wrap. The first time I tried it out Davie was 2 weeks old - I had no idea then that you can actually wear your bub as soon as he hatches! I remember texting Marion saying "It just feels so... RIGHT!" And it did. It was almost like being pregnant still and Davie was so chilled out and happy in there. A couple of weeks later, when Davie was a month old, my husband Paul and I took him to a food festival in our 'hood. I posted a pic of the 3 of us on Facebook and another friend commented "Nice babywearing". 'Babywearing?' I thought. What an odd thing to say. I thought she'd made up the term and was trying to be funny because I'm something of a fashion enthusiast. Well, it turns out that babywearing is totally a thing and, as fate would have it, I was already on a life-changing adventure!