The word ‘stash’ means different things to different people. If you’re a knitter, your stash is your yarn. If you sew, it’s fabric. Some people use it to refer to their cloth diapers. There are stashes of illicit drugs.
Today, though, I am talking about my babywearing stash. That is, my collection of baby carriers.
I have been taking a Salsa Babies class, which involves wearing your little one in a baby carrier and learning latin dance moves. It’s totally fun. For the class I have mostly been using one mei tai. However, from time to time I branch out and try another carrier. Inevitably a mom will say, “Oh, you have another one!” And I reply, “You don’t know the half of it!”
Today I am going to bare my soul, and let you know just how many baby carriers I own.
I have two mei tais that I made myself.
My own creations
have stolen am borrowing my friend’s podaegi, and it makes me feel like a babywearing rock star.
Custom podaegi from Upful Creations
I’ve sewn myself three pouch slings, one reversible cotton and two fleece.
My pouch slings
And I have a Beco Butterfly on order. I can’t wait to get it.
I also have some baby carriers that don’t see the light of day much, for various reasons. It’s a little sad, but that’s the nature of things I’m afraid. Baby carriers fall in and out of favour. I fall in and out of love. Sometimes I even pass an unloved beauty along to someone who will appreciate it more. It’s the circle of life, and it moves us all, even the ring slings.
So to the moms that ask, I do have another carrier. And another one, and another one, and another one …
I was inspired to write this by Stephanie over at Adventures in Babywearing, who is holding a stash link up. So now that you’ve admired my collection, head on over to see what other people are wearing their babies in.