Babywearing Resources

Babywearing in an EllaRoo baby carrierAre you ready to carry your baby front, back, and side as you work through your day? Do you want to expand your knowledge of baby carriers available? Are you curious about the history and the practice of babywearing around the world?

Baby carriers, like cloth diapers, can seem overwhelming when new parents find more information than they can comfortably sort through. I have chosen a few of my favorite resources for babywearing just as a start.


Online Resources

Babywearing International

Babywearing International Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote babywearing as a universally accepted practice, with benefits for both child and caregiver, through education and support.

The Babywearer

Active forums, reviews, and other support services.

Babywearing 101

Parenting by Nature offers our own beginner’s guide to babywearing and baby carriers. Includes “How to Choose a Baby Carrier” and “Baby Carriers – Compare the Differences” as well as a short history of babywearing.


Books

Emery Bernhard, A Ride on Mother’s Back: A Day of Baby Carrying around the World. Illustrated by Durga Bernhard (1996).

A child’s-eye view of cultures around the world, showing caregivers carrying babies as they go about their daily work.

Maria Blois, Babywearing (2005).

Maria Blois, MD, is both a medical professional and a babywearing parent. She often wears her own baby as she lectures and teaches other healthcare professionals about the benefits of babywearing. This book is a parent-to-parent guide to benefits, history, baby carrier styles, and even how to make your own baby carrier.

Itie van Hout, Beloved Burden: Baby Carriers in Different Countries (forthcoming).

This gorgeous book is a translation from the Dutch original (2008) published by the Tropenmuseum, an anthropological museum that is part of the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in Amsterdam. The author is the Curator of Textiles for the museum, specializing in the role of textiles in culture. First half of the book is articles on babywearing; second half describes babywearing around the world.


More General Book

William and Martha Sears, The Baby Book: Everything you Need to Know about your Baby from Birth to Age Two (1993, updated 2003).

I include this because this was the book I first read to learn about babywearing and other aspects of attachment parenting. It was recommended to me by another homebirth parent in my town, and I have recommended and gifted it to many parents since.


Blogs

Adventures in Babywearing. Stephanie Precourt’s blog Adventures in Babywearing is the big babywearing blog, but there are many, many more blogs where parents (mostly mothers) share their personal experiences and specific reviews.


Every Parent a Resource

There are so many babywearing ambassadors. Every one of us becomes a babywearing ambassador when we meet other people while carrying our babies. We don’t just need to see advice of experts on this and other attachment parenting subjects. Every experienced parent becomes a valuable resource.

So, if you are looking for advice, look around you for parents you can meet face to face. As a mother at the park whips her baby right into a sling so fast that you aren’t sure what happened, you can ask, “How did you do that?” and “Will you teach me?”


Throughout March we will offer guides to getting started with some of the basic practices of attachment parenting. This is Babywearing Week with coverage of benefits, products, resources, and personal experiences.

I Love Dirt!

I Love Dirt! 52 Activities to Help You and Your Kids Discover the Wonders of Nature. By Jennifer Ward

I Love Dirt! 52 Activities to Help You and Your Kids Discover the Wonders of Nature. By Jennifer Ward

Parenting by Nature just added a new department to our store, The Natural Library. Nature Mom fell in love with this series of books after receiving ‘I Love Dirt’ as a gift.


In ‘I Love Dirt’
there is a nature activity for each week (52 in total) that cover all four seasons. At the end of each activity the author notes what it was designed to stimulate from creativity, imagination, observation skills, relaxation, awareness of surroundings, respect for animals, and so on. All of the books are designed to foster an appreciation of our natural world.

“No matter what your location – from a small patch of green in the city to the wide-open meadows of the country – each activity is meant to promote exploration, stimulate imagination, and heighten a child’s sense of wonder.” ~I Love Dirt

Other titles in the series are:

Any of these books would make a nice gift for your loved ones any time of year.

Family Eco Books


Toxic Chemical Exposure

Earlier this week, I mentioned the cloth diaper business meetings and Real Diaper Industry Association annual meeting. One of the treats of the meeting was hearing Jennifer Taggart, The Smart Mama (an environmental attorney and previously an environmental engineer who has been doing a lot of testing for compliance to new U.S. child safety laws). She has also recently published a book, Smart Mama’s Green Guide: Simple Steps to Reduce Your Child’s Toxic Chemical Exposure.

I’m not quite over the back-to-school theme and the newness of our school books yet, so I’m thinking of what other books might be helpful to families concerned about lowering their impact through eco baby steps.


Simple Ideas

A book that has been around for a while but still full of great ideas is Gillian Deacon, Green for Life: 200 Simple Eco-Ideas for Every Day. Gill Deacon is a CBC television host who promotes lower-impact living for the average person. The book was reissued last year, so it may be available to you locally in Canada.


Canada-specific

If you are looking for great tips about how you can push lighten your step even more, read Adria Vasil, Ecoholic: Your Guide to the Most Environmentally Friendly Information, Products and Services in Canada. The book is very broad—and entertaining! The U.S. edition came out this year.


Classroom

Since I’m still thinking about back-to-school, I’ll add The Everything Green Classroom Book: From recycling to conservation, all you need to create an eco-friendly learning environment from the Everything Series. Last year, Nature Mom gave this as a classroom gift for the holidays.


Your Reviews

There are so many books on low- and no-impact living. What are your favorites? Send us a review of your favorite eco book for families, and we’ll consider publishing your review.