As I have truly embraced babywearing with baby number three I quickly hit on a problem. What to do with the changing bag/handbag/shopping? I personally hate feeling overloaded with bags, it’s the ‘hands free’ aspect of babywearing that is one of its big plus points for me (after the lovely cuddles of course.) and I found that managing the changing bag and any shopping while carrying left me hot, stressed, and feeling totally overloaded.
It has only taken me the grand total of 10 months to find a solution but I have one. The babywearing bag. Put simply, it’s a regular bag but with wrap straps; which means it can be adapted based on the carry you are using. I haven’t yet managed to buy one but was lucky enough to test a babywearing bag made by the lovely Emma Bottomley at EM’s broidery and Stitches. The difference it made, well – wow!
I genuinely loved the bag for tons of reasons. I’ve had major issues getting a comfortable bag to use while babywearing (especially now a rucksack is no use as I’m starting to use back carries more). I’m an average size and average height and the wrap straps were the perfect length for me. I had loads of versatility with how to wear it. I’ve worn it across my body, worn it as a rucksack with front carries (tied the way you’d tie a ruck back carry) and also used it as a “buggy bag” as the wrap straps are handy when you have a buggy with only a singular bar handle. It might need slightly shorter/longer straps for petite or curvier ladies but as that part can be customised to suit the buyer it is not an issue. The one I tested was a really generous size (great for cloth nappies too) which is perfect if like me you need to take everything but the kitchen sink out with you! I’m saving the pennies for a larger babywearing ‘changing bag’ and a smaller matching babywearing handbag to give me total adaptability.
There are a few different places to buy babywearing bags (mostly small businesses – so you’d also be doing your bit for our economy). A quick Google or Facebook search should bring up plenty of results. Just don’t shout at me if you find yourself needing a babywearing bag to match all your slings.
Article by Linda Chipps
Photography by Onbag