Katherine Burley – USA

1. Tell us more about yourself. 
Hi! My name is Katherine and I’m a  37 year old stay at home mom of 5, soon to be 6. Our children range from 15 down to 5 1/2, and I will have 5 boys when this new baby shows up anytime now. We’re all seriously excited!

2. Why/How did you decide to start babywearing? 
I started looking into babywearing with my 4th baby, but ultimately didn’t use more than a stretchy wrap which I didn’t like much. It felt either too snug or too loose with all the stretch as my daughter got older. I really researched options while pregnant with my 5th and bought a couple of different sizes to use, and I’m so thankful I did! That little guy had a lot of colic and was only happy on me or in my arms for about 6 months, so wearing was the only thing that allowed me to get anything done around the house! 

3. Is babywearing a common thing in your country? What do people think about it?
Babywearing with a buckle carrier is far more common here than wraps, but I do see it occasionally. Wraps are unusual enough that I get some curious looks and comments, I love to share about them when asked.

4. What is your favorite carrier?
Hmm, if I *had* to pick a favorite carrier, it would probably be my beloved Woven Wings Dramatic. It’s a bold geo apple green/neon yellow on black and is made with the softest combed cotton and baby’s butt soft merino. It has to be felt to be believed and has absolutely fantastic wrapping qualities.

5. Do you have a favorite carry?
My favorite carry quickly became a double hammock after my 5th little one was 8 months old or so, and we used it so frequently, that it became second nature.

6. Did you feel any difficulties in your babywearing journey? 
It was definitely hard to balance a fussy baby while trying to learn different carries to see what he liked. I ended up a sweaty and frustrated mess frequently at the start! I was determined to learn though, and gradually figured out how to tighten better and hone each carry to fit us. Things became sooo much easier with some time and practice!

7. What advice would you give to new parents? 
If I had a bit of advice for new parents, I would urge them to breathe, relax when they could, and know that time and observation will help greatly in working out any little kinks in the process.