At Baby Tula, we have seen, first hand, how babywearing can benefit families in countless ways; from basic tasks getting completed to helping a baby and caretaker create a lifelong bond. You share your stories and we learn of so many poignant journeys that embody our motto: Keep Doing What You Love. It’s these moments, simple and grand, that we celebrate with our community. Here, we share the special story of Asher: a cutie who is changing the face of beauty one grand smile at a time!
You might recognize Asher and his family as their story went viral when Asher was denied by a modeling agency because of his special needs. Now, after receiving a modeling contract with OshKosh B’Gosh, we chatted with Asher’s mom, Meagan, about their babywearing journey.
Can you tell us a little bit about you, Asher, and your family?
We live in Buford, GA. My husband is 31 and works in glass and I’m 27 and am a stay at home mom. Our daughter, Addison, is 8 and is a competition cheerleader. She is also in STEM and Robotics Club and is a huge advocate for her brother and the Down Syndrome community. Asher is 15 months and loves to laugh and play with his toys. We love to go camping and our family vacation spot is the beach.
When did you first discover “babywearing” and/or baby carriers?
I discovered “babywearing” and/or baby carriers when Asher was a few months old. I was in a moms group online and kept seeing pictures of moms carrying their babies in wraps or carriers and I knew I wanted to be apart of it. Little did I know just how amazing it was until I I carried Asher in the Tula for the first time.
How has babywearing helped your family keep doing what you love?
It makes our life so much less stressful. We are able to strap Asher in and do exactly what we needed to do with our day. He can hangout or even nap if he wants. He loves being carried by all of his family including myself, my husband, and even his big sister who is 8. Our biggest adventure yet in the Tula was probably our trip to Stone Mountain. My husband and I took turns and together we hiked all the way to the top with him in the Tula. It was a fantastic day that Asher might have not gotten to be experience so young if it wasn’t for the Tula.
What would you say to a new parent? Or a parent of another child with special needs?
I would want let new parents know that if you are able to get a carrier, I highly recommend it. Not only does it keep your precious little one close to your heart and body (which they love so much), it makes your life so much easier. And we know how stressful it can be adjusting with a new baby.
I would like to tell a parent to a child with special needs that carriers are especially amazing for your little ones. Like my son Asher, a lot of babies, toddlers, and even children with special needs have low muscle tone. It may take time for them to strengthen their tone which makes their milestones such as holding their heads up, sitting up, crawling, and even walking harder to reach. These carriers will be lifesavers during those times!
Thank you Meagan and Asher for sharing their babywearing story with us! Follow their journey on Asher’s Facebook page: https://facebook.com/Ashersdownrightperfect/