Meet the VBEs

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Lucy Fronheiser

My name is Lucy Fronheiser and I’m a VBE with BWI of Central NJ. I have four daughters ages 2 to 8 years old. I started wearing my oldest in a stretchy wrap and soon moved on to the Ergo. I loved having her close, not having to travel with a stroller, and nursing her easily anywhere without having to sit down! With my second daughter I branched out a little and bought a mei tai and another buckle carrier. I started tandem wearing when my second daughter was about two months old. I finally broke into the woven wrap world with my third daughter. I enjoy all sorts of carriers these days and have more than I need, but I do so love them and being able to keep my girls close to me, especially in new situations. Babywearing leaves my hands free to hold other little hands. When my second daughter was about 9 months old, me and two others took over CNJ Babywearing when the previous leader retired. I knew little but I loved wearing my babies, and didn’t want the group to die out. After several years of thinking about, we final jumped into BWI and hope to continue to grow our group by spreading the baby wearing love.

 

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Lauren Bartlett

Babywearing has been a big part of my evolution as a mother. It’s paralleled that journey of finding (and trusting) my mommy voice. I started with an inherited Bjorn Air. And I loved it. I loved having my baby close and feeling those whole body smiles while we swayed our way around. But around 4 months old, my shoulders and back were spent and I started searching for a better way.   That search led me to my local group where I dove headfirst (no toe dipping here!) into the “community.” My groups lending library was a wonderful resource as were the leaders. They are wonderful women who I now call friends and co-leaders. With each new carrier, or carry I tried, I became more confident as a mother.  The confidence I feel, the sense of empowerment, these are traits I’d like to help foster in new moms.  Becoming a parent is fraught with insecurities and newness. It’s all terrifying at first!  If my experience can benefit them in anyway, I’d love to share it! Also, frankly, teaching gives me a deep personal sense of satisfaction. I make it my mission to become as well educated I can on any topic I’m passionate about. Babywearing has been no exception!  I became a bigger advocate and my happy child demonstrated the well known benefits of baby wearing.  It helped me identify the kind of parent my daughter deserved and helped me have the confidence to be unapologetic about it. I loved the snuggles, the hot breath on my neck, the top of head kisses and excited chatters and coos. That’s the easy stuff to love about babywearing! But I’m appreciative of the self-discovery part of this journey as well. With my second child, I get all of the above benefits of babywearing plus… Survival! My kids are 14 months apart. It’s rare for me to not be wearing at least one. And that one, who maybe I feel gets a little less of me because of my divided attention, still gets to feel that warmth of my heart and my love. And I get to feel his. He benefits from a mom who knows herself and feels confidence in her path.

 

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Sandy Lee

I’m Sandy and mom to two little girls. I’m a teacher turned stay-at-home mom and loving the time I get to spend with my daughters. My girls have been worn since they were born, at first by their grandmother who was the best person for me to learn babywearing from! Wearing my kids has let me enjoy motherhood to the fullest and has also helped me run our family business – a martial arts school. Both girls have kicked quite a few heavy bags while being worn by their parents! I’m thankful that I get to spread the babywearing love with other parents who might also benefit from bonding with and snuggling their children.

 

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Allyson Sandak

I am Allyson Sandak and I’m a VBE with BWI of Central NJ. I have two daughters – ages 5 and 2, whom I have been wearing from the beginning, well mostly the beginning. I was a bit overwhelmed by all the fabric on my Moby Wrap when my oldest was first born, but I eventually got the hang of it and developed a love of babywearing along the way! My carriers moved from being used occasionally to being relied upon daily as I found babywearing to be an amazing way to stay connected, physically and emotionally, with my children, while also being practical by allowing me to multi-task. I am a people person, educator and enthusiast by nature. I worked as a health educator for 15 years and am currently a volunteer breastfeeding counselor with La Leche League. Parents are my favorite audience to work with, empowering them to care for their children in ways that resonate with their family values that are also in-line with evidence based practices. I benefited from this babywearing group when I was a new parent and I am happy to help spread the babywearing love with other families.

Kate Sabella

I attended my first babywearing meeting when my son was 4 months old and I was instantly hooked! Babywearing saved my sanity as a new mom. I started out with a ring sling and an Ergo and while I’ve broadened my personal collection a lot, I still hold a soft spot for the carriers I learned to wear with. When I started wearing, I was continually amazed that I could keep the little guy happy and get things done. It also helped me feel more like myself in the early days of motherhood – it was so refreshing to be able to cook dinner or go grocery shopping without jumping through hoops to keep the baby from fussing (or lugging a giant car seat and stroller with me). I soon began volunteering with the chapter and became a VBE right after my daughter was born.  I love being able to introduce other families to the world of babywearing and help figure out what works best for them!

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