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The educator who hated wrapping

Posted by Lindsay Sanderson on

The educator who hated wrapping

I have a confession. I don't like wraps. You may have guessed this by looking through my shop. There are no wraps to be found. I honestly just don't get them. I do enjoy looking at them, touching the fabrics and debating the merits of a wrap vs carrier with colleagues. But other than that I just don't see the point. 

I want a baby carrier that makes my day easier and more efficient. A huge piece of fabric is just not that, for me. 

When I went from casual babywearer to full time educator I tried to hide my dislike for wraps. I practiced like hell to be able to do a good FWCC and ruck at a demo. I tried to give them equal time when I talked about baby carriers. I felt like I couldn't really be an educator if I didn't love wrapping. I was made to feel like I didn't belong by a few, not so kind, educators in my community. 

Then I started to notice something, most of the people I met with glazed over when I talked about wraps. Or they outright told me to skip them. They just didn't want to be bothered spending the time to learn them. 

I started being a bit more honest about my feelings towards wraps when I talked, and people agreed with me. It broke down a wall I didn't know was there. I met a lot of parents who were afraid to even approach me because they thought I would force them to start wrapping or look down on their dislike of wraps. 

I met so many parents who were afraid of baby carriers because they thought they had to wrap. They thought that a wrap was the only “real” way to carry a baby. Or that buckle carriers and meh dai’s were some how “cheating”. They felt looked down because they used a carrier instead of a wrap. 

I’m here to tell you that you can be a babywearer in any carrier. There is nothing wrong with the love of wraps, fancy finishes and knot shots. There is also nothing wrong with only using buckle carriers, or meh dai’s. You are the parent. You get to make the choice of which product is going to work best for you. 

You don't need to spend hundreds of dollars on a fancy handwoven wrap to be part of the club. You don’t need a stash that takes up your entire closet. You need a carrier that fits you and your baby. That’s it. 

I am here to help you find the carrier that is right for you. I can still hack out that FWCC or ruck if you want to try a wrap. I keep a few in my teaching collection because it’s not my choice which carrier is right for you. I’m happy to point you in the direction of educators and retailers who can wrap like nobody’s business, if that’s your jam. 

I’ll be over here, researching and testing every buckle carrier, meh dai and ring sling I can get my hands on so I can help you find the right fit. 

 


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