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“Wait, what’s the ‘catbird seat’?”

February 25, 2014

By Wendy Cray Kaufman of ABCs and Garden Peas

This post about babywearing was made possible by Catbird Baby, who provided the mei tai carrier for my review. All opinions are my own and honest based on my personal experience.

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Sometime between last week’s snowstorms and freezing rain, we were lucky enough to spend an afternoon outside. The whole family, outside . . . . together. How rare these days! Appropriately enough, we went to a local Ice Festival where we searched for ice sculptures, visited some local businesses and watched the chilly thrill seekers take the Polar Plunge into the Susquehanna River.

Getting out and about after a long winter got me really amped up for spring. Elliette was so tiny last year, but now she’s a year old so we’ll have a lot more freedom to roam. And no matter where we go, I know I can just pop her into a carrier and let her enjoy the view from the catbird seat!

Wait, what’s the “catbird seat”?

The story mentioned above is what inspired the Catbird Baby name, and it’s so fitting. I’ve always loved babywearing in a soft-structured carrier because it really does put baby in the prime seat for exploring and interacting while staying safe and comforted, but my Catbird Baby Mei Tai makes it easier than ever. It’s my first mei tai, and I am so glad that I finally know how easy they are to use. No buckles, no adjusting, no confusion. I guess I always thought you had to be some kind of knot-tying genius to use one, but nope. The third time I used it I was alone with both kids and got it on and off perfectly with no help. Easy like pie.

Zoe mei tai by Catbird Baby

Sitting Pretty

Babywearing allows me to keep my baby up near my eye level, so she can see everything and everyone I see (instead of the knees of everyone in the crowd coming at her, and not me, which can’t be fun.) No strangers touching her, no worrying about where she is . . . because she’s always right there. No matter where we go this year, she’ll be there, close to my heart, where she’ll drink in all the new things I’ll show her, where she’ll show me the things I miss, and where I can quietly calm her with whispers and kisses when that excitement gets to be a little overwhelming.

But the best thing about babywearing is that it really puts me in the catbird seat, too. I can’t think of a more “advantageous position” than right next to the eyes and curious face of a small child. There’s no better reminder of the eye-catching world we (as adults) so often miss in our rush to do all those things we always seem to be doing.

In fact, I’d go so far as to say that babywearing allows the whole family to benefit from that catbird seat vantage point. We’ll be exploring the best our state has to offer this year, and whether we’re shopping at the farmer’s markets in Lancaster or cheering for chocolate at the Hershey attractions, my baby girl and I will be having fun right along with the rest of the family.

I’ve gotten sidelined with strollers in the past, only to have to stay back while my son went off and had fun with Daddy. We’ve had trouble fitting on trams and let’s not even talk about those places where you’re allowed to park your stroller and just leave it. (Talk about anxiety!) Babywearing solves all of those issues for us, and allows me to go anywhere and do just about anything my family is doing. I can breastfeed on the move, and never get stuck on a bench or backed up in a crowd, which is good for the whole family since it keeps sibling resentment to a minimum. When we do have to use a stroller for longer outings, we can get away with a compact single. We don’t even own a double!

I often hear remarks as we walk through crowds and browse stores together – “Look at that neat contraption! Oh, the things they have these days!” – but keeping baby close is parenting wisdom as old as time. After being so intertwined during pregnancy, it’s pure instinct to want to keep my baby wrapped up tightly against my body, and it comforts me as much as it does her. So, until we walk side-by-side, my little bird is riding with me.

Mei Tai with a view.

 

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14 Comments

  • Reply Brittany @ The Domestic Geek February 25, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Great pictures! That carrier looks gorgeous, I wish my daughter would have stayed smaller longer. She’s always been way too tall to babywear.

    • Reply beth February 25, 2014 at 5:00 pm

      Back carries are great for taller babies or toddlers!

  • Reply Jess February 25, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    I couldn’t agree more! I put on my mei tai for the first time yesterday and remembered how much I loved it! Elliette is definitely sitting pretty <3

  • Reply Ellen Thrifty & Chic Mom February 25, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    I totally agree babywearing is way easier and has so many more benefits than a stroller. It is also a great way to keep baby healthy away from germs when they are very tiny, I wear my baby daily and without my carrier I would be so lost!

  • Reply Emily Cotton February 25, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    That carrier is absolutely GORGEOUS! Babywearing warms the heart!

  • Reply Hanan February 25, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    I’ve never heard that phase before. Love babywearing though!!

  • Reply Christa February 26, 2014 at 4:05 am

    I had no idea that’s where the name came from! So cool!

    I love babywearing too, and the things people say to me out in public are usually all so positive, it’s really nice. I’ve had some people same stupid stuff but for the most part it’s been good!

  • Reply samantha February 28, 2014 at 6:43 am

    Your Mei Tai is so pretty! I am a huge fan of babywearing and totally agree with everything you are saying. It just feel right for me and I am so glad I have followed that instinct with all 4 of my kids. I have never heard of the catbird seat–love it!

  • Reply Emily February 28, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Love my CatBird baby carrier!! That picture of your family is not only gorgeous it pretty much sums up so many reasons I love babywearing! What a great post!!

  • Reply Stephanie {Binkies and Briefcases} March 1, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Your pictures are so cool!!
    Baby wearing is ideal for a lot of situations where it is stinkin impossible to bring the stroller. We always pick berries in the summer and go to the beach and when my kids were younger I was always wearing one of them in those places.

  • Reply Kathleen @ Fearlessly Creative Mammas March 1, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    First of all, I love the picture of you with your kids. So sweet. I also love the design of your Catbird Seat. So pretty. My kids are grown, but now the grandkids are coming. This would make a great gift. I have friends who do the whole baby wearing and love it. When my kids were young, it was all about making them independent. I hated that and I wasn’t too good at it, always carrying them. In fact, I was one of the few people I knew who breastfed all of my kids. I was a weird duck to people. I’m so glad now.

  • Reply Paula@SweetPea March 1, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Babywearing seems like a great choice for both baby and mom.

  • Reply Deb March 2, 2014 at 2:40 am

    I’ve never heard of Catbird Seat before now, but I love learning about the English language. That baby carrier looks adorable.

  • Reply Emily @ Baby Dickey March 5, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Love!!! I’ve had the pleasure of meeting CatBirdBaby a couple of times now at the ABC Expo and always love to see their beautiful carriers and chat with the friendly faces–great company! <3

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