Baby­wear­ers teach car­ry­ing tech­niques

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AN­DREW RICHARDSON arichard­son@somd­news.com

Sev­eral moth­ers learned var­i­ous tech­niques of “baby wear­ing” on Satur­day at a meet­ing held by the South­ern Mary­land chap­ter of Baby­wear­ing In­ter­na­tional, a na­tional non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to pro­mot­ing baby wear­ing as a uni­ver­sally ac­cepted prac­tice. At the free-to-at­tend meet­ing held at Grace Lutheran Church in La Plata, vol­un­teer in­struc­tors taught moth­ers how to prop­erly fas­ten their child with the wo­ven wraps.

“Ba­bies do bet­ter men­tally and phys­i­cally when they’re close to their mom,” ex­plained Ellen Blumhardt, a vol­un­teer baby wear­ing ed­u­ca­tor. “They’re close to you, so they feel more se­cure.”

Baby wear­ers find nu­mer­ous ben­e­fits to the prac­tice, mak­ing it

eas­ier climb stairs or ac­com­plish­ing tasks that re­quire two hands, for ex­am­ple.

“You can get stuff done around the house. It’s great for naps,” Blumhardt said. “I use it reg­u­larly as a bed­time tool be­cause it calms him down im­me­di­ately. There’s just a whole lot of dif­fer­ent ben­e­fits, and I love it. And I love shar­ing it with other peo­ple.”

BWI of South­ern Mary­land hosts free meet­ings in Charles, Calvert, St. Mary’s and Anne Arun­del coun­ties, and en­cour­ages oth­ers to at­tend. If one would like to be­come a mem­ber, the or­ga­ni­za­tion owns a li­brary of wo­ven wraps that may be bor­rowed. An­nual dues are $30, al­low­ing baby wear­ers to rent dif­fer­ent car­ri­ers each month to try var­i­ous dif­fer­ent car­ry­ing tech­niques to find the ideal fit.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to bwi­somd.org

STAFF PHOTO BY AN­DREW RICHARDSON

Vol­un­teer baby wear­ing ed­u­ca­tor Jes­sica Grimm teaches moth­ers how to prop­erly se­cure their child with a wo­ven wrap at a free-to-at­tend meet­ing hosted by the South­ern Mary­land chap­ter of Baby­wear­ing In­ter­na­tional, held at Grace Lutheran Church in La Plata on Satur­day.

Jes­sica Mago­rian of King Ge­orge, Va., watches a baby wear­ing de­mon­stra­tion, learn­ing dif­fer­ent car­ry­ing tech­niques to try with her 12-week-old daugh­ter, Sa­van­nah.

Vol­un­teer baby wear­ing ed­u­ca­tor Jes­sica Grimm helps fas­ten a baby car­rier at a meet­ing held by the South­ern Mary­land chap­ter of Baby­wear­ing In­ter­na­tional on Satur­day.

Sarah Dof­fle­myer of La Plata keeps an eye on her 11-month-old son, Liam, as she learns new tech­niques of baby wear­ing.

STAFF PHO­TOS BY AN­DREW RICHARDSON

Vol­un­teer baby wear­ing ed­u­ca­tor Ellen Blumhardt demon­strates proper baby wear­ing tech­nique on a doll at a meet­ing hosted by the South­ern Mary­land chap­ter of Baby­wear­ing In­ter­na­tional, a non­profit group ded­i­cated to pro­mot­ing the prac­tice.

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