This week, though, I thought I'd take a small break from variety with the #oneanddone theme. These are some reasons why:
- Consumerism is a big issue in the babywearing world, and also in the "regular" world too. Often the newest and latest things get put ahead of what really matters in this whole babywearing gig: being close to our babies (and having two free hands!). #oneanddone week allows me to pause on the hype of new and focus on my love of the act of wrapping and being wrapped to my baby. (Edited to add the following from a Facebook post): modern babywearing is really columbusing of cultures who did not lose their babywearing traditions... So many cultures don't have a "resurgence" of babywearing because they never lost their traditions as American and Anglo Europeans did, who then had to "borrow" from other cultures to fill in the gaps and move forward. There's no denying that all cultures wore their babies at some point in history, but not all cultures abandoned and forgot their traditions. It's amazing to learn how modern babywearing fits in history and how modern things like consumerism have influenced the practices of today.
- Confession: I have a LOT of baby carriers. Babywearing is my go-to parenting tool for my littlest, it is a huge hobby of mine, it is my volunteer work, and it is my job as a babywearing educator. Because of those things it makes sense for me to have a lot of baby carriers. I teach with them and I show caregivers that there are a variety of looks and feels when it comes to wraps, just like any other baby carrier. Wraps are not all created equal and explaining that diversity to others is one of my favorite parts of this work. That said, I don't personally NEED all the carriers, and if I wasn't an educator or extreme hobbiest I probably could just use one wrap and be done (okay I'd really want two, a base size and a shortie, but I digress). If I was just carrying this one baby around casually then #oneanddone could be my every week and that'd be totally fine, not affecting my productivity in any way.
- Challenge, accepted. I love a good challenge, and we haven't done a carry challenge in awhile so why not push myself in a similar but different way? I most recently saw this type of challenge in the Base Love group on facebook (an excellent group focused on body positivity in the wrapping community). I wanted to try to use one wrap all week yet keep myself (and my audience!) interested. I stuck with many of my favorite carries early in the week (Ruck tied in front and Front Wrap Cross Carry variations) but started to branch out to stuff like Ellevill Jordan's later on. I also used a base-1 size wrap which is definitely my least used size and the one that makes me check my list of carries the most often so I can refresh my brain on what to do with it. And that's the point of a challenge right? To break out of the comfort zone!
This gallery of images contains the carries I tied for #oneanddone. Click the image to be taken to a video tutorial for that carry. Here's a full list of what I tied, and you can check out more base-1 carries and more on our Tutorials page:
- Front Wrap Cross Carry tied at shoulder and tied under bum (long tails, usually base-2 carries or shorter)
- Half Front Wrap Cross Carry
- Half Jordan's Back Carry (Wrapping Rachel's version, again with long tails as it's usually a base-2 carry or shorter)
- Twisted Ellevill Jordan's
- Christina's Ruckless
- Secure High Back Carry
- Double Hammock tied at shoulder
- Double Hammock with a candy cane chest belt
Try out your own #oneanddone and tell me in the comments how it goes! [Images all feature me, a white woman with dark hair, wearing by white baby boy in an orange and off white geometric pattern wrap Tekhni Meandros Clementine. All carries are base-1 size or shorter.]