My wife and I haven’t been parents long, and we may not know what all the correct choices are, or what’s best for our child all the time, but we do know one thing. Baby Wearing has been immensely helpful to both us and our daughter, and has caused our bond as parent and child to be stronger. Not only is baby wearing convenient when out and about or running errands, it’s a lot less cumbersome than hauling around a stroller and all the necessary equipment for transporting a baby when you’re out and about. Another added benefit to baby wearing is that your arms don’t get tired, like they would if you were holding your child in your arms, and you have both arms free to use for whatever else you may need to carry.
We had originally looked at attending MommyCon in Los Angeles, just because it looked like it would be a cool event where we could learn a lot about parenting, but unfortunately, it wasn’t in the cards for us to pay to go. While researching MommyCon and seeing what it was all about, we came across the Baby Wearing World Record event that was set to take place just before MommyCon, and best of all, it was FREE to register. So of course, we jumped on that chance, and registered. We just kept thinking about how cool it would be to be a part of the largest, record breaking group of baby wearers. Shortly after we registered, my wife was talking to her friend Amanda, fellow mom, and baby wearer, as well as the writer of the awesome Mommy Mandy blog. Amanda mentioned that she had been talking to Lillebaby carriers about being on “Team Lillebaby” for the event, and she pulled some strings for us, and got us in touch with the crew from Lillebaby so we could get setup to be on their team. So, Thanks Amanda for the awesome opportunity. If you’d like to take a look at my thoughts on the Lillebaby Complete Carrier, check it out here!
With all of that being said, let’s talk a little bit about the Baby Wearing World Record. With our Lillebaby Complete Carrier in hand, my wife and I drove from our house to the Los Angeles Convention Center, which was about a 2 hour drive. Once we got there, and figured out where to park, we went and got in line for registration of the baby wearing world record. My wife had originally registered both her and me for this event, but when we got up there, they said that since we only have 1 child, that only 1 parent would be able to participate. Since Paige can’t seem to be away from mom for more than a minute at a time, we decided that she would take part in the event, and I would stay in the observation area and take pictures. As we got there, the first thing we did was find where the crew from Lillebaby Carriers was hanging out, and checked in with them. We were handed a goody bag from Lillebaby with all sorts of fun stuff in it. After that, we wandered over to a table with poster board and markers, and ran into Emily Knight from Our Knight LIfe, a fellow blogger who was instrumental in putting together Team Lillebaby. Thank you Emily for helping with this event, and putting the team together! We hung out for a good hour or so, before the festivities began. We spent the majority of the time running around chasing Paige up and down the stage stairs. Then, just before the event, the organizers of the event got on stage, gave away some swag. The founders of both Beco baby carriers, and Ergo baby carriers stepped up to the stage to say a few words.
The time came for the world record to start. There must have been over 1000 families with babies there participating. I don’t have an exact number yet on the amount of people that participated, but I’m pretty certain, if there was a record for baby wearing, we smashed it out of the park at this event! All of the participants got together, and walked down a hallway, and through the convention hall where Mommycon was being held. All in all, the baby wearing world record was successful, and it got a lot of like minded parents together for a great cause. I can’t wait to hear what the final numbers were for the event, and hopefully they do it again next year to try and break the record once again!
EDIT: Just minutes after I published this blog post, I found out from fellow blogger MommyMandy, we had a total of 1003 baby wearers at the event!!!!!!!! Way to go!