Posted on 08/10/2016

Babywearing in the Military: Danielle & Lance

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Lt. Lance Lormand and his wife, Danielle, have been babywearing since their daughter, Sophie, was born nine months ago. The family is currently reserve status in Fort Worth, Texas, about to go active duty, and loving all they’ve learned from their local babywearing chapters. Keep reading to learn more about why this family babywears, and how it can be beneficial to both parents.
Babywearing in the military- Danielle and Lance's Story

How the Babywearing Journey Started

Danielle discovered babywearing online and decided to try the Solly Baby Wrap because of the type of material it’s made from. Once Sophie was born, she and Danielle “basically lived in that wrap.” After a bit, Danilelle started going to the Fort Worth babywearing meetings where she learned about other forms of babywearing and carriers. “I had no idea how different carriers fit people differently,” she shares.

cutting apples in solly wrap

Benefits of Babywearing

“The psychological impact of babywearing helps deal with separation. When you have less time together, the quality of time you do have together is important,” says Lt. Lormand. Danielle adds that Sophie is happiest when being worn, so they wear her quite often. “
For me as the spouse, I couldn’t imagine him being away and not having babywearing as an option. It lets me snuggle our precious girl and still accomplish the things that need to get done.”

Lt. Lormand and Sophie

Favorite Carriers & Carries

Lt. Lormand’s favorite carrier is the Ergo, while Danielle enjoys her Solly Baby wrap. “But I think I will like the woven wrap better as she gets bigger.
” As far as favorite carries, Lt. Lormand prefers front carrying in the Ergo and Danielle is partial to the front wrap cross carry for now.

Lt. Lormand in solly wrap

Babywearing Tips For Newbies

Danielle’s advice for new parents new to babywearing is to start wearing from the beginning. “And don’t be afraid of wraps.” Sound advice (I know I was afraid of wraps). Lt. Lormand suggests going to a babywearing group in your area to try on different types of carriers before you make the decision to buy one. This will give you the opportunity to not only learn more about babywearing but see which carriers you like (and maybe which babywearing groups near you that you prefer).

Sophie Smiling in Honeybee Handwovens wrap

A huge thank you to Danielle and Lt. Lormand for taking the time to be a part of this project. All photos courtesy of Danielle Lormand. Pictures show Danielle in a Honeybee Handwovens wrap (blue wrap) and her Solly Baby Wrap. Lt. Lance is wearing his Ergobaby SSC. Savvy Every Day partnered with The Carrying on Project, a nonprofit that makes babywearing accessible to those in the military, to create a series about military personnel and their spouses who babywear. Every few weeks a new family will be featured until October. Follow along as these parents share what babywearing means to them, and any tips they may have for parents new to the world of babywearing. Want to be a part of the project? Email savvyeveryday@gmail.com for more details.

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  • Brianna Leigh 08/15/2016 at 8:37 pm

    Wow didn’t know that they had groups for this! My mom carried me in a Bijorn when I was a baby, and my sister in a sling many years later so it’s been interesting seeing these become more popular

  • Brittany Ferrell 08/15/2016 at 9:16 am

    I absolutely LOVE baby wearing and still “baby” wear my toddler. I love that both you and your husband are baby wearers! I have found that it has helped my daughter reinforce her bond with her dad, after he comes home from working long hours. I, too, love Ergo carriers, but I was a totally klutz at the wraps!

    • Shari Wargo Stamps 08/15/2016 at 11:07 am

      So glad you liked the post, Brittany! Danielle and Lance are great! I didn’t really babywear until my kiddo was a toddler too so I love the toddler carriers.

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