Photo by Fostering Awareness.

Maura is the woman behind Fostering Awareness, a blog about a family’s foster care and adoption experiences. She and her husband Michael began the journey to adopting their son William by fostering him when he was three, and as she writes:

After one super frustrating stroller trip I remembered the Babyhawk Mei Tai that I had stashed away in my closet. When we got home I pulled it out and tossed William on my back and he loved it. This was amazing because before this … if you hugged him too long he would get upset and pull away. It felt like we were bonding and he didn’t even know it.

You can read the rest of the post, including how Maura ended up picking the carrier she did, by clicking over to the blog.

Comments on Baby wearing made me a Mom

  1. I am such a big fan of baby-wearing! AND this blog has touched my soul. My family has just completed the foster to adopt process and now I am the second oldest of 5 siblings! My sister-girlfriend (because this peach isn’t just my sister but also my heart and soul) when she had just turned 3. I stuck her in my ergo during a camping trip and it really helped us bond. She was very physically distant from everyone (so sad since she’s so little) and after our camping trip she came out of her little shell! she is one of the brightest, funniest, smartest people I have ever met. she’ll be 4 in a few weeks and is the brightest spot in all of our lives!
    PS can you imagine having 5 kids ranging in ages from 27-3!!

  2. I love baby wearers! and I love this link!
    I want so bad to be part of the baby wearing crowd (we live in the city and have dreadful sidewalks too) but I have yet to find a carrier that works with my back.
    I have a lot of respect for people that wear their children, I believe it really does create a bonding experience. As evidenced by this post 🙂

  3. Oh, how I would love to have baby-worn (past tense cuz my kid is 5 now)! Unfortunately a pesky disability didn’t let that happen (Damn you RA!) The pram always made me feel like a complete dolt.

  4. I have a question about babywearing: is there a difference between it and using a baby backpack? I’ve heard so much recently about babywearing that makes it sound like a new trend, but my mother hossed me around in a baby backpack until I was so big my feet were hitting the backs of her knees! Was she a babywearer and just didn’t realize it?

    • its my impression that baby wearing is when you have physical contact with the little one, like if there isn’t a sweaty spot when you take’um off that its more likely a ‘baby-toting’ experience…but this is just my opinion! I think everyone should just do whatever they feel most right for them.

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