Women across the United States celebrated in unique ways, with organizations running giveaways and contests, special events where women wear their little ones in public, and post pictures donning their favorite methods of carrying.
Other moms, however, got a little more creative, and a lot more public. Susie Martin, a national meteorologist, chose to babywear in one of the least likely places: right in front of the camera while on the job!
Martin wore her 21-month-old son in a soft woven wrap baby carrier, and to be honest, he seemed less-than enthused to be there. Lifting his sleepy little head for a moment at the beginning of the segment, he quickly settled into place and made his way off to dreamland. “It is International Babywearing Week, so I thought I’d bring out my handy assistant today,” Martin shares. “He’s gonna help walk us through the forecast.”
It’s just plain adorable.
When asked why she wore her child on air, Martin responded, “Babywearing has been a passion of mine since my son came into my world. It has been an invaluable tool for me as a mother and helped me and my son bond during the early stages of infancy. Not only that, but it was and still is incredibly liberating to be able to comfort my child whilst doing other tasks, which has helped me be a happier mom. To this day, it is a source of comfort and calmness for him.”
I agree. We have pictures of my husband and I both wearing our children doing all sorts of things: cooking dinner, washing dishes, running errands, even playing guitar! It frees parents up to continue doing what is necessary, and provides a lot of comfort for our little ones. Being snuggled close to us is what they want the most.
There are incredible women in all sorts of places who, by their words and actions, are normalizing parenthood in wonderful ways. Taking babies to work and exposing others to the various ways we raise our youngest society members is vital- for them and for us.
I think I may be more inclined to tune into the news if I knew I would see a totally rad mom wearing her precious baby now and then!
Rachel is a wife and mother living in Raleigh, North Carolina. She’s a fan of good coffee, wearer of gray t-shirts, and is constantly starting books she will never finish. Her family is her joy, and she loves to engage with other moms and dads on matters of parenting. Her blog posts have also been featured on the Today Show Parenting Blog and Scary Mommy.