Aussie Aussie Aussie! Oi Oi Oi!

It’s Australia Day (aka Invasion Day, for some of Australia’s indigenous population) on 26 January 2010. Which means lots of families heading out to BBQs and picnics, visiting friends and family, goint to festivals and major public events, or just staying out late to see the fireworks.

On my way to work this morning on the bus, I passed Commonwealth Park in Canberra. This is where the early morning citizenship ceremony was held, and a short walk from last night’s Australia Day Live concert. I spotted parents carrying their babies in stretchy wraps and SSCs (soft structured carriers that clip on) with hoods – both great choices for sun protection. I also noted that most of the carriers I saw were in shades of beige – very sensible when in the park on a dusty day. And that the carriers I saw were mostly machine washable – so zinc cream or sunscreen should wash out.

And here I am, in my tragic 1980’s blue sequinned pop-star jacket, trying to decide which carrier would go best with it for this afternoon’s BBQ after work finishes. I’m leaning towards a red shorty wrap – a quick and easy way to get a toddler on my back, and keeps to the red white and blue theme. Or perhaps I’ll change into green and gold, and go with a bright yellow woven wrap, to coordinate with a green skirt. If I had a little baby, I would show my support for our indigenous Australians in a stretchy wrap with indigenous art panel on the front. Or perhaps I’d wear a black ring sling with red and yellow ribbons pinned onto the shoulder – fun for baby to play with.

What are you wearing today, and how are you keeping the kids happy while you’re socialising?

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About emmadavidson

An addict who started dealing to support my habit, I have been using baby slings and carriers for a few years now. My children (Sophia, born 2004; Jools, born 2005; Billy, born 2007) are happy to be lugged around town in mei tais, ring slings, soft structured carriers, and occasionally a tablecloth.
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8 Responses to Aussie Aussie Aussie! Oi Oi Oi!

  1. Jessie Offer says:

    I’m wearing my daughter in a green sijira psling and she’s wearing gold, and I’m wearing green too. It’s lovely, cool and supportive!

  2. Fiona says:

    We’re off to the pool with my son in a short linen blend Jim Jade wrap – he’ll sleep for hours on the way home. We’ll stop off at the lake and check out the older kids yabbying for the barbecue.

  3. brie says:

    baby snuggled in teesta this morning at the como house ‘old fashioned’ australia day picnic. lots of comments on the teeny feet sticking out! her brother was up on DH in the Maya tie. teesta is almost green and gold i guess….

  4. Mel R says:

    We went to the Australia Day do down at our local park with DD snuggled up in Yew and stole one of the band members chairs to do our bit to contribute to more breastfeeding in public.

  5. Belinda says:

    I wore Leithan to the Aussie Day celebrations at Commonwealth park in a blue didy nino – with lots of positive comments. I swapped him to my tais tai for a ‘feed while walk’ back to the car. This arvo we had an aussie day party/house warming, and I wore him in my girasol forrest berries.

  6. Carmen says:

    I didn’t get to do any wearing today 🙁 DD was too busy swimming, eating, peeing on the grass and chasing the dog.

    But, there’s always that walk to work tomorrow….!!

  7. Kiran says:

    Went to the supermarket and Harmony Park in Kaikoura (ruck). Certainly that kept bub happy while enduring the super-long Australia day queues at the checkout!

  8. slingdad says:

    Didn’t do any wearing outdoors today, but I did put a super-tired 3.5yo down for an afternoon nap in a ruck tied under bum using a queen flat bedsheet. 🙂 We’d already packed the proper wrap in the suitcase and left it in the car so didn’t feel like going all the way to get it. The sheet felt a bit weird (and way too wide) but it did the job just fine. 😉

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