I'm a mother of 3 “only children,” which is my little side joke because my kids are so spaced out in age: a 19-year-old daughter, a 12-year-old daughter, and a 16-month-old son. I have worn all three kids from newborn to toddlerhood. With my daughters, I mostly wore them in a sling, then a frame backpack. With my 16-month-old son, I am happy to have tried all kinds of babywearing paraphernalia.
About 19 years ago, I accidentally came across babywearing at a natural parenting fair when I saw a booth of handmade slings. I had never heard of slings before and only was aware of Snuglis and framed backpacks. This was the mid 90's and no one I knew ever really wore their babies, except for rare occasions. The woman who made the slings was very informative and passionate about babywearing and discussed ideas of attachment parenting to me. Even though I was only 20-years-old at the time, this made intuitive sense. I knew I wanted to breastfeed my daughter and a sling helped to foster this.
Babywearing is one of the best ways to calm a fussy, unhappy baby, and it allows the caregiver to bond with that baby. I believe infants feel happiest when next to another person, and babywearing helps the caregiver do other things while nurturing their child. It combines swaddling, rocking, and closeness, and who wouldn't be soothed by that? I'm just happy to have discovered BWI. It's allowed me to explore other carriers like the mei tai, wraps, and other buckle carriers that I've been curious to try out. The lending library has kept me from hoarding carriers. :)