Behind the Lens

Behind the Lens

Babywearing Special Needs Photo Shoot

At Lift Me Up, we sure are experiencing a lot of Firsts! First fundraiser, first donations, first applicants, first tweets and instagram pics.. the list goes on! Well, we recently had our very first Lift Me Up photo shoot. By doing this photo shoot, our goal was to show how versatile babywearing can be. We used woven wraps, soft structured carriers, ring slings, and mei tai’s.

When it comes to wearing children with special needs, some carriers will be a better fit than others. Fortunately we have Sarah, our in-house Physical Therapist who specializes in pediatrics and is an experienced babywearer. She takes the time to learn about each applicant and then decides which carrier will work best for each specific family.

We also wanted to show how babywearing can be practical for a family who has a child with special needs. In our photos (more coming soon!) we show how a caregiver can wear one child which allows them to be hands-free to participate in another child’s therapy or simply to help them walk safely. We also demonstrate tandem-wearing (wearing two children at one time) and we show how some carriers are versatile enough to carry children of different sizes. Woven wraps, for example, are a great solution if a family needs one carrier to be able to wear an infant and an older child. They are snug and cozy to hold a small newborn, while still being supportive and comfortable to carry a pre-school age child.

Babywearing Special Needs Lift Me Up

Some of you may have seen this "sneak peek" of this photo we did just for fun. "Are they crazy?" Yes, we might be. But when you have your best friends together and your collaborative pile of wraps and carriers that have been loved over the years, it's quite irresistible to "wear all the babies!" (I feel like that needs a hashtag in front of it but I will refrain.) We have gotten a lot of questions about what carriers are in this photo, so let's get started from left to right. On the left we have a 4 year old in a soft structured carrier (SSC). Sarah is wearing a 2 year old in an SSC and an infant in a woven wrap. Kristin is wearing an infant in an SSC and a 3 year old in a woven wrap. Rachel is wearing a 3 year old in a woven wrap and an almost 5 year old in an SSC. And finally on the right we have a 2 year old in an SSC and another 5 year old in an SSC.

We did this purposefully to demonstrate how some brands of soft structured carriers can be appropriate for both a 2 year old and a 5 year old. Meanwhile, a woven wrap can also be useful to accommodate children of all sizes, like we have shown here. A woven wrap is an exceptionally great option for a family that just needs one carrier to work for two children who are different ages.

Our photographer was Cindy Collins of Euphoric Photography and boy was she patient with us! We had all 9 of our little boys running around under her feet, and she didn’t even bat an eyelash. Cindy is a mom of 3 and an entrepreneur. She is the owner of Euphoric Photography, specializing in maternity, birth and nursing portraiture. In addition she is a doula and certified herbalist, owning Euphoric Birth & Herbals. She resides in Harrington, Delaware.

We had the opportunity to ask Cindy some questions about babywearing and how it has been a part of her life:

When did you start babywearing and why?

I started babywearing with my first son. I knew during my first pregnancy I wanted a carrier; I was instinctively drawn to them without knowing all the amazing benefits.

At what stage did you find babywearing most helpful (ie: infant/toddler)?

Goodness there are so many helpful things about babywearing infants and toddlers, I can’t say one was more helpful than the other. Babywearing simply was an essential part of my mothering of all stages.

How has babywearing affected your children?

They were always happy and content when I wore them, even my three year old still enjoys the carrier.

What do you enjoy most about babywearing?

How it enhances bonding first and safety second, especially once they are mobile.

How has babywearing helped you personally and professionally?

I always tell people you only really need 2 things to raise children: breasts and a carrier. Babywearing has always decreased stress for me as a parent.

If you had to pick one type of carrier as your favorite, what would it be and why?

A ring sling. They are simple to use and versatile through all stages.

This was such a special day for Lift Me Up, we loved having our very first photo shoot with Euphoric Photography. Follow us on facebook, Twitter and Instagram @liftmeupbaby to catch some more sneak peeks!

Euphoric Photography

For more information on Cindy Collins of Euphoric Photography, she can be contacted at:

www.euphoricphoto.com

www.euphoricbirth.com

www.euphoricherbals.com

 

All photos and images courtesy of Euphoric Photography

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