Andrea Pop-Pászti – Romania

1. Tell us more about yourself.
Hey, I’m Andrea from Romania (Cluj-Napoca, the 2nd biggest town from our country, and known for his universities). I’m 24 years old. My first child is 1 year and 7 months old, and right now I’m expecting my second child (24 weeks pregnancy). 🥰

I went to “Gheorghe Dima” National Music Academy (here I met my husband), where I study harp, but in my last year of college came my first child, so I finish the college and then I just stayed home with my baby.

2. Why/How did you decide to start babywearing? 
Actually, before my pregnancy, I used to follow a young mother from my facebook friends, and she always post pictures with her carrying her little baby in a woven wrap. And she had so many wraps, and carry in so many ways (front carry, back carry, hip carry). I strongly admired her pictures and her wraps. And when my baby would come I knew I would want to wrap him, and I fell in love with the wrap until it became a hobby and a passion.

3. Is babywearing a common thing in your country? What do people think about it?
Yes. We have so, so many parents in Romania who are carrying their children. And also we have a very big community, and we know each other from every town. 
Of course, some people from another generation, especially the older ones, don’t see babywearing in a positive way: they tell things like “it’s not okay to hold that much the baby in your arms”, or “Oo, put down the toddler, he has legs and he can use it”, or “Oo, poor child :(“, or “You are destroying your back” etc.

4. What is your favorite carrier?
I love woven wraps!! I always used woven wrap, from birth until now when my toddler is 1 year and 7 months. And I have a LennyUp, but generally daddy is using the Lenny.

5. Do you have a favorite carry?
I love DoubleHammock, Ruck carry, Front Wrap Cross Carry, and any fancy finishes ♥️

6. Did you feel any difficulties in your babywearing journey?
Right when I started to learn how to use a woven wrap; and now it’s hard for me to carry my boy with my 24 weeks belly 😅

7. What advice would you give to new parents? 
Obviously to buy a carrier, no matter if it’s a wrap or a soft structured carrier. I think babywearing is the best help you could give for yourself and for your baby. From several points of view: 

A. Utility – it gives you the “free hands”, and you can do so much things with your baby close to you.

B. Way of transport – in many places the stroller doesn’t fit or it’s dificult to use (like stairs, or in public transport etc).

C. Medicine – always when my boy was sick I would carry him and so I managed to relieve a bit of his pain, and in so many times he calmed down on my chest. 🤒