how we were born
As a Labor and Delivery and Neonatal Registered Nurse, I am around newborns a lot. The one thing newborn babies need besides sustenance is the warmth and security of their caregivers. These new tiny beings instantly go from being carried 24 hours a day for over nine months to a fraction of that outside of the womb. For centuries, mothers have carried their babies in various forms, many continuously until they are at least 3 months old. This allows the baby to smell and feel the warmth of their mother and learn to adapt to this new world.
When our daughter, Charlotte, was born July 4, 2014, I was instantly in love. I stared at her the entire first night, despite over 24 hours without sleep and the exhaustion of labor. She instantly became the center of my world, my whole purpose for being.
When Charlotte was just five weeks old, we flew to Nantucket to visit my parents. I had gone to the island every summer for the preceding decade and couldn't wait to take my daughter. I soon realized that the cobblestone streets and uneven brick sidewalks of Nantucket made navigating a stroller nearly impossible. Furthermore, I struggled traveling through the airport with my stroller and finding a good way to breastfeed was frustrating to the point that I was in tears.
Dissatisfied by the monotony of other baby carriers on the market, I knew there had to be a better option. I decided to make my own carrier from fabric that matched my style and with that, the first ACK Wrap was born. I soon discovered that my daughter LOVED being in the wrap. She cried less, slept better, and I could even breastfeed her while wearing it. The next time I traveled to Nantucket was so easy replacing the stroller with the wrap. I received so many compliments on it that I began making them for friends which led to friends of friends wanting them. With my husband's flexible schedule as a firefighter, he soon took over the logistics of our blossoming business. As a former US Marine, it was very important to him and to us that we keep our product American made. We operate out of our home in Austin, Texas.
The ACK Wrap allows you to wear your baby hands-free while accenting your unique style. We believe you should feel great and beautiful (or handsome) while carrying your baby. Our wraps are different from others on the market because they are meant to complement your outfit while being lightweight and breathable. We utilize modal and cotton blends with classic patterns. It took a lot of work trying to create just the right fabric combination for strength and softness from an American mill but we believe we've done it. Our business is based in Texas so we know the importance of having a carrier that does not make you or your baby hot while wearing it. All of our wraps are made in the USA and we have 100% organic, USA grown fabric options as well.