Do you find that your Connecta is a talking point? Nicola (aka Mrs Lighty) does – and it is one of the things she loves about it.
One of the things I love the most about babywearing are the conversations that strike up between two strangers, or even between two friends if one wants to learn more about babywearing. It helps, of course, that our Space Fun Connecta is so distinctive in its print, but I love that people feel that they can approach me and ask questions about both the sling and babywearing in general.
Here are just a few of the questions and comments Mrs Lighty has been asked when carrying Baby Lighty in the sling:
I love the print! What make is your sling?
The compliments on the Connecta’s Space Fun print are received frequently! I love the bright blue, vintage-wrapping-paper feel of the print myself, so I readily agree with anyone complementing the sling…and would-be babywearers are giving the lowdown on Connectas there and then!
Is it comfortable?
In one word, yes! I wouldn’t use it as often as I do if it weren’t comfortable.
Does Baby Lighty like it?
Again, yes…at the grand old age of 13 months, Baby Lighty is pretty headstrong already (I wonder where he gets that from with both a stubborn Mr and Mrs Lighty as his parents?!), so if he didn’t like it, I’m pretty sure that he’d make it clear. As it is, he never cries when in the Connecta, often snuggles in for a cuddle or a snooze, and I think he loves the fact that it puts him at a level where he can see more. He normally gets excited as soon as I get the Connecta out, as it means that we’re off on an adventure…or just a trip to the shops, at least!
Doesn’t Baby Lighty get heavy after a while?
No, the fact that the straps cross over your back in a front carry or are held together with the accessory strap with a back carry means that the weight is distributed evenly over our top halves. Baby Lighty is much lighter in the sling than he is just being held in our arms, and to this extent we often take the sling with us to weddings, parties and other functions where we know we’ll have to hold him for a long time!
It must be lovely having your hands free!
Yes it really is! When Baby Lighty was tiny, it was great for those times when he needed Mummy cuddles and Mrs Lighty needed to get some housework done. Now he often accompanies us in the Connecta when watering the plants!
It looks so convenient!
And it really is! I use public transport a lot, and it’s great for hopping on and off of the bus without worrying whether there will be space for the buggy, or getting on the train when there’s no ramp. Similarly, some places just aren’t designed for a buggy and the Connecta is so much easier. The likes of stately homes, antiques fairs, craft villages, walks through the woods etc etc…
How lovely to enjoy the cuddles!
So many people have said to me that it must be lovely to get to enjoy baby snuggles as I go about my daily business, and it truly is. It’s wonderful being able to talk to Baby Lighty at eye level and to enjoy cuddles as we go off to baby group, or the shops, or for a walk. I just love it when his big blue eyes look up into my face and he gives me his cheeky-chops grin, it simply melts my heart!
And lastly, my personal favourite comment that I’ve ever received when using the Connecta was…
That is the loveliest thing I’ve seen all day!
Yep, I once had a man roll down his car window to shout out at me that my babywearing was the loveliest thing he’d seen all day. It was a cold January day, and Baby Lighty was wrapped up warm in a bear suit (well, why not?!) the sling and my babywearing coat. I’d just dropped a kiss on his head, as I’m prone to doing when wearing Baby Lighty, when the man in question drove past and wound his car window down to say this. I could feel myself beaming: how lovely to receive such a positive statement about my parenting!
And that’s the power of babywearing – and for me, the power of the Connecta.
What’s the loveliest thing someone’s said to you whilst you were wearing your baby? We’d love to hear about your Connecta conversations in the comments!