At the beginning of the summer, we were contacted by Hannah, a 27 year old nanny who uses a Connecta as part of her job. It’s not often that we hear from babywearers who are not parents themselves, so we jumped at the chance to share her story…
I was first introduced to babywearing by the second family I worked for. The family owned the most common non-ergonomic baby carrier at that time and while baby liked being carried, she didn’t seem as comfortable as she could be.
A few years later, caring for a nine month old who required “uppies” constantly, I sought out better carriers. The parents weren’t necessarily “babywearers” but were totally supportive of the idea of me wearing their children. A friend suggested I join the Long Island chapter of Babywearing International, as well as a few Facebook groups like Babywearing on a Budget. The BWILI group had so much information to offer me about the ease of use and comfort that a Connecta could offer me.
My Connecta has served as a daily tool for quite some time now. My 22 month old charge Lilly absolutely loves being worn and our toddler Connecta fits like a glove. With Lilly on my back, I can better attend to her sister, Madison, an energetic five year old. Daily tasks like preparing food became learning opportunities because the Connecta allowed me to multitask and show both girls how I get things done.
My job, which many would say is already a dream job, is made that much easier because of babywearing. Too many times I have seen mothers/fathers/caregivers struggling because their attention is divided between their children and the task at hand. While our job is to teach our children independence, it is also our job to show them what we know and how to do it with confidence! Babywearing gives me that confidence.
“Our parenting tribes span far beyond those who physically birth, so let’s share wearing with those who love and nurture alongside us”.
Thank you Hannah for sharing your experiences with us! We would love to hear from other non-parental caregivers who use a Connecta to make their job easier. Get in touch if you’d like to tell us about your babywearing adventures 🙂