When her first son was born, Tayler Gunn fell in love with babywearing—so much so that she decided to start her own business making baby carriers. Now a mom to two, Tayler’s company, Wildbird, boasts a variety of stylish slings made from responsibly sourced fabric. We spoke with Tayler about experiencing postpartum anxiety, getting started with babywearing and her approach to work/life balance.
Congratulations on the success of your company, Wildbird! What inspired you to start Wildbird?
Thank you! Becoming a mom is truly what inspired me. I had the desire to stay close to my baby in a way that made me still feel like me!
What are some of the benefits you’ve experienced of babywearing?
I had postpartum anxiety. Wearing my son is what helped calm me and allowed me to feel at peace postpartum.
Do you have any advice for moms who are intimidated by all the options for babywearing?
Go to a babywearing meetup or find a babywearing educator. There are so many now! You can try all the different types of carriers for you until you find a good fit.
If you could hand off one chore to someone else each day, what would it be?
The dishes. If someone would come do my dishes every day I would be a happy camper.
What is your favorite thing to do to relax and unwind?
Curling up on the couch with a good book or the show Friends. I have probably re-watched that show 20 times.
What is your best parenting hack?
I’m biased, but wear your baby! It will give you your hands back.
What is the best white lie that you’ve told your child?
If I’m eating something I don’t want my son to have, I tell him it’s spicy.
If you could describe motherhood/fatherhood in one word, what would it be?
What’s one moment in your motherhood journey that has made you proud?
Seeing my son be kind and loving to everyone. He doesn’t have a mean bone in his body.
What is one piece of advice you want to pass along to your children?
Have optimism and gratitude in every situation— it’s the key to a happy life.
What is one piece of advice you would pass along to other moms?
Let the mom guilt go. Know that good moms take care of themselves too!
How do you tackle the work/life balance?
Oh, this is an ongoing battle. But over the years I have found that multitasking doesn’t work for me. If I’m working, I need to be fully working, and if I’m on kid duty I need to be fully on kid duty. Being fully present in whatever I’m doing helps.
What was the last book you read?
The Four Tendencies. I love books that help me understand myself and others better.
Favorite Beauty Product:
It’s A 10 Leave In Conditioner
Favorite Form of Exercise:
What is on your DVR?
The Handmaid’s Tale
Favorite Kids Store:
The Red Caribou