This week’s volunteer spotlight is Christina Fowlkes!
Name: Christina Fowlkes
Children: Whitman/18 months
Volunteer Type: ABE (Advanced Babywearing Educator)
BWI Meetings attended: Lexington Park
Other jobs, volunteer positions, credentials? La Leche League Leader, retired doula, and co-owner of Marigold, a cloth diaper and natural parenting store in Leonardtown
How did you discover babywearing?
As a nanny I made a stretchy wrap to wear my charge who had reflux and preferred to be upright and snuggled close. Next we tried a Bjorn, which made me think babywearing might not be for older babies, but an Ergo restored my faith in wearing all the babies!
What prompted you to try babywearing?
I am a researcher--my college days were spent in labs and databases (I studied Biochemistry and minored in Child Development). As a nanny I tried to stay in the know about all things baby and that led me to the benefits of babywearing! And my doula work introduced me to wraps!
Wraps--one wrap can be used for so many carries and it folds up nicely into my purse.
What is your favorite carrier you have owned?
I'm a huge fan of the lending library! I exclusively wrap, but I don't own one! I just borrow a new one each month. Variety is the spice of life :) My husband loves our Lillebaby and when it comes to SSCs, it is my fave.
What is your favorite carrier from the lending library?
How has babywearing benefited your life?
Babywearing made it so much easier to follow my instincts as a mama while still being able to get things done. Plus, it's so nice not lugging a stroller around! I'd much rather have my baby right on me!
Going to the post office! We obviously are getting a lot of boxes for Marigold and I wouldn't be able to get them without wrapping Whit on my back!
You are having a baby and you can pick any carrier (but only one) to last from the newborn stage to the toddler days, what do you pick?
A size 5 wrap (Girasol Amitola creme weft)... not that I've thought about it at all!
There is a zombie apocalypse. You have time to grab only one carrier, what do you grab?
Hmm, I'm thinking an SSC. Probably an Ergo with the big pocket. I'm assuming I have the lending library ;) Otherwise, our Lillebaby. My husband loves this question!
I love our mom community. Mamas helping mamas is what a village is all about and I wanted to be able to share my passion for babywearing like the mamas that shared with me!
What is your favorite thing about being a VBE?
Getting to hold tiny squishes and help get them snuggled up on their mom or dad!
Is there anything babywearing related you are still learning or looking forward to improving?
Always! I feel like I learn something at every meeting! I am definitely rusty on my SSC hip carry... as everyone witnessed at the last LP meeting! ;)
What are your other hobbies/ interests/ passions?
Cloth diapering, supporting local, trying to eat healthy whole foods, breastfeeding, and all things Marigold. We keep a calendar of events and local resources at www.marigoldbaby.com
What do you like to do when you are not babywearing?
What do I like to do?!? Hmm, having a coffee while hubby sprays out the poopy diapers on Saturday morning is pretty high on my list :) then maybe even showering alone! It's like a mommy spa experience!
I have read the Harry Potter series 11 times. I've lost count on the individual books. I stress about how to introduce Harry to Whit. Not only do I love Hogwarts, but I also love organizations of HP fans like thehpalliance.org that fight against real world horcruxes like illiteracy, marriage inequality, and natural disasters.
“We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to Imagine Better.” – J.K. Rowling"