Babywearing is not new. Our Filipino ancestors wore their babies using native woven fabrics. Now, more and more Filipino moms are discovering babywearing and its benefits. I am happy to be part of Babywearing Philippines (BWP), an online support group for babywearing Filipino mothers. I am happy, too, to be invited to the group’s International Babywearing Week Celebration held on October 10 in One Rockwell, Makati.
The best thing about online support groups is that helpful information is at your fingertips. Plus you get a lot of support and encouragement from your fellow moms. BWP is only a year old, but they successfully organized and pulled off this big event, and 400 people came, kids in tow. The event was fun! There was a Babywearing Yoga session, lectures on How to Make Your Own Baby Carrier, Infant and Kid Nutrition and Kangaroo Mother Care. There were also various babywearing demonstrations, games and raffles.
I am a fan of babywearing. We started with Next9’s ring sling when Andre was 3 months old (Alas, no photo! I’ll have to sift through thousands of photos before I find it!). When Andre got bigger and heavier, we moved on to Ergo Baby, a soft structured carrier (SSC).
There are many arguments in favor of babywearing, and personally, these are our main reasons:
- Babies feel secure when they feel our warmth (especially for younger ones).
- The bond between parent and child gets stronger.
- It’s convenient (no hands!)
- No need to lug around a big and heavy stroller when travelling.
Now that Andre is almost 3, we’re considering getting a toddler Tula. While he now has strong legs to run around, there are times that you need to get to your destination faster, and carrying a baby with your arms would not be a good idea. He has outgrown his trusty Ergo Baby carrier and needs more room.
Happily, Cotton Babies USA has released a limited edition Tula (in standard and toddler size) in the BumGenius Love Print! Send a message to Fluffy Pwets using this page’s contact form or on Facebook to order.
All other Tula prints are available in Tula’s official retailer in the Philippines, CEO Emporium. Mommy Candy is super accommodating!
If you want to learn more about proper babywearing, join BWP and read all the helpful information there.