When I was a little girl getting my hair braided in African hair salons, I remember the women who were braiding wore their babies while standing hours at a time. From there, I always knew I wanted to learn that part of my culture. During our weekly gatherings at Happy Bambino "Cuddlebugs," someone came to our class and presented to us what BWI was all about and that they were having their monthly meeting that weekend. The women who lead the meeting were very welcoming and engaging, and helped create a lot of confidence in my desire to learn how to wear. When Pilate was about a month old, we started with the K'Tan and figured out how to wear through their pamphlet. In order to get her to go to sleep and/or when I needed to exercise, I would wrap her up and listen to reggae/dubstep music. She would fall asleep to it and I got a workout! Win Win!!!
I prefer woven wraps sizes 5-7 in a front wrap cross carry. The brighter the colors and/or intricate patterns the better. I have a goal eventually to wear Pi on my back. I’m still too timid to get through the first rough times to feel confident enough though.
One thing I want other babywearers to know is that when you go through the airport, not once do you have to worry about taking baby off and on. You can keep baby strapped to you through the whole process sometimes even through the flight.