Hi, I’m Holly, born and raised in Lower Hutt and mumma to my 2 and a half year old boy, Phoenix. When my son was born one of my aunties came and visited for a week to help me out if I needed it. While she was here, she made me a DIY wrap and we have been addicted to babywearing ever since! For us and our sleep-intolerant child it meant he would take naps longer that 15 minutes and overall became a much happier baby. Ever since then we have baby worn every day, our pram has gone into storage! Not to mention the best part, the snuggles and bonding! Our favorite things to do are getting messy at playcentre, walks, picking flowers and knitting at the end of a long day. I am a certified Slingababy peer supporter.
I’m Nicola, mama to two boys, Cassidy and Shiloh. A dear friend lent me a stretchy wrap when Cassidy was born 4 years ago, and I’ve been wearing most days since then. Getting jobs done, helping babies to sleep, getting out and about – I cannot picture my life without babywearing! At the moment I’m at home with the boys, but my husband and I alternate being the primary caregiver, and he’s a babywearing convert too. I’m really excited to be part of Babywearing Wellington. I am a certified Slingababy peer supporter.
I’m Elissa, a new first-time mum to young Jack. Babywearing for me meant freedom. Originally from Canada I had no family close at hand to help with the early days of motherhood. My stretchy wrap gave me the freedom to get out and walk around the block or to curl up on the couch and enjoy a cup of tea while keeping my bub close. As my boy strived to break all records in terms of size (12kgs by 7 months!!) I found my husband’s structured carrier to be more comfortable. Since joining the team I’m enamoured by the mei dai wrap as it can move from one carer to another without any fuss. Needless to say I’ve been bitten by the babywearing bug.
Hi, I’m Hannah, a first time mum to Cole who is almost 2 years old. We started our babywearing journey with a woven wrap which was hired from Babywearing Wellington the day after Cole was born; my mum picked it up as we were still in the Hospital. We swapped it the following month for a stretchy wrap which I loved for the first few months and the freedom it gave me to move around while my baby slept peacefully on me. I really found my love for Buckle Carriers after attending my Kangatraining instructors course due to the ease and simplicity they provide for those parents who are new to babywearing.
I’m Hilary, the newest member to the Babywearing Wellington Committee. I’m mum to Alice and Luke. When pregnant with Alice, I stumbled across babywearing. As a winter baby, Alice was only a few days old by the time I had her snuggled in a stretchy wrap. After a few months, we moved into the world of woven wraps and ring slings. By the time Luke came along, we’d added a meh dai and onbuhimo to our collection. Babywearing has been an ever present part of my parenthood journey and I’m excited to move from a slingmeet helper to being a member of the committee. Come and find me at the meets to chat woven wraps, ring slings, meh dais, onbuhimos and belly wrapping.
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Forever thanks to our founding and past Babywearing Wellington Committee Members