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Are you wearing your baby carrier correctly? #babywearing

Did you know that 9 out of 10 parents are wearing their baby carriers incorrectly? Tips from Melissa Radcliffe-CoFounder of the TogetherBe Company ~ about how to know if your baby carrier fits correctly ~ You should check it that: Mimics the in arms position – When your baby is in a baby carrier, he should be in the same position as when you hold your baby in your arms. This is the single most important part to any baby carrier. If it is an upright baby carrier, your baby should be snug against your body, high on your chest, in the same position your arms hold them in. If it is a side laying carrier, the baby should be between your breasts and your belly button, in the same position, and location as when you hold the baby in your arms. If you put the carrier on and let. . .

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Product Spotlight: Kokopax Baby Carrier #babywearing

Today’s Spotlight is the Kokopax Baby Carrier. *Thanks to Hilary Abbott Communications, Inc for providing this information.* Who is Kokopax? kokopax™ was founded in 2007 by Sarah Spoor. As a mother of four young children, Sarah discovered the benefits of the old Gerry backpacks her family used when she was a baby. She and her husband, Lincoln, used the carriers every day. They were able to carry their babies and still keep track of their other children while cooking, traveling or attending school activities. The carriers became a necessity for everyday life. While she loved their functionality, Sarah knew the style was outdated. She embarked on a mission to develop a new, modern and fashionable lightweight framed carrier with enhanced style and functionality that could be used every day, everywhere. Not only does kokopax carry three different types of carriers that I will tell you about shortly, but they also. . .

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Product Spotlight: Baby K’tan #babywearing

BABY K’TANClick the image to see an enlarged view. An ideal blend of sling & carrier, the Baby K’tan can be worn with your baby in over eight different positions — all without complicated wrapping or buckling. This parent-invented baby carrier is lightweight and compact like a sling, and also goes over both of your shoulders to evenly distribute baby’s weight with adjustable back support, like a structured carrier. A perfect hybrid! Available in 100% Natural & Organic Cotton, Baby K’tan’s unique double-sling design can hold infant TWINS, as well as preemies up to toddlers of 42 lbs. Created using only 2 loops, the second loop provides extra security by keeping baby closer to your body, while it can also be used as a nursing cover for more privacy. Machine washable and dryer safe, with reinforced double seams, the Baby K’tan has been safety tested and approved in accordance with. . .

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Babywearing 101

As time goes by with AppleBlossom being my first child I am learning more and more about parenting and finding my own mothering style. In addition to cloth diapers and breastfeeding some else that just makes sense and happened rather naturally was babywearing. In the next few months I hope that I will be able to bring you some great resources and reviews about babywearing that will be useful to you or someone that you know.  What is babywearing? Basically it is holding or wearing your baby using a baby carrier. There are many different types of carriers which I plan to cover in detail. Having your child close to you and having hands free or relatively free is an incredible feeling. Being able to calm and comfort a crying or tired child and having a bit less strain on your back from the pulling and straining of simply holding. . .

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KISSA’S Cotton Fleece Fitted #clothdiapers – Review

As I said previously in another post. I love Kissaluvs fitted diapers. In addition to enjoying the ease of use and great fit of the Kissaluvs NB size 0 diaper, I absolutely love the size 1. When we were acquiring our stash pre-AppleBlossom, I met a great woman through CraigsList and bought off of her six size 1 Kissaluvs fitted diapers, she did not end up using them at all, but had gotten them gently used from another Mama. They are all natural colored cotton with four having purple serged edges and two having rainbow serged edges. Being that this was well before the V2.0 that has the rainbow serging I am not sure what that means. Either way, these are older, but still fabulous. They are the perfect long car ride, naptime, and nighttime diapers. At least they were until recently. All of the sudden AppleBlossom’s night diapers are more. . .

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Kissa’s Organic Cotton/Hemp Fitted Diapers in a size 0 or NB #clothdiapers – Review

I have to admit it, I am completely a fan of fitted diapers. It all started at the beginning six months ago when my daughter was a newborn and we were introduced to the Kissaluvs size 0 diaper. During all my research  of cloth diapers while I was pregnant I heard many wonderful things about the newborn diaper from Kissaluvs. So we while acquiring some of stash before AppleBlossom was born we went to The Natural Baby brick and mortar near Athens, Georgia (though she’s online too!) and bought one of the Kissa’s Organic Cotton/Hemp Fitted Diapers in a size 0 or NB. More about our fabrics: Organic Cotton: Organic cotton is the perfect fabric for diapers. Not only does this pure fabric provide the best for your baby, it’s also environmentally safe. It is grown without any harmful sprays, chemicals, or pesticides. It’s what gives our diapers that character and. . .

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Top 100 Finger Foods by Annabel Karmel — Review

Top 100 Finger Foods by Annabel Karmel Following up on her hit bestseller Top 100 Baby Purees, Annabel Karmel presents Top 100 Finger Foods, a scrumptious guide to creating tasty tidbits that young children can really sink their teeth (or gums!) into. By the age of nine months, many babies are ready and eager to start feeding themselves. Although they might not be able to handle a spoon, children of this age can master the art of eating on their own — as long as the food they’re served is right-sized! Finger foods are the perfect solution. This essential collection is packed with tempting, nourishing recipes for babies and older children — from French Toast Fingers and Mini Chicken Sliders to Tuna Muffin Melts and Salad Lollipops — helping you safely introduce new tastes and textures to your baby and ensuring that your child is healthy, happy, and content. In Top 100 Finger. . .

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Fluff Talk Thursday #14

How I Store My Cloth Diapers Before AppleBlossom was born we were able to attend a Tikes, Tots, and Teens Consignment Sale in Georgia and there we bought an awesome old (old as in made the same year I was born) changing table. You know the kind, with a top and two shelves with the spindle like bars? Well on those shelves go the storage boxes for the dipes.  Somewhere I saw a suggestion of using a toy bin organizer for diapers and that is what I desperately wanted. But we did not have the money for that. Enginerd was at the store and saw these Sterilite containers for a few dollars and bought several and now that is what we store our diapers in on the shelves. It is good, because when she grows out of one size we just snap on the lid and they are already “in. . .

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Product Review: Tiny g’s #clothdiapers

The secret is out! I can finally tell you!! tiny babies should leave tiny footprints. You want your baby to be earth smart from the start. So we’ve added tiny gPants to the gDiapers family, perfect for babies 6-10 lbs. And with a front that snaps down there’s plenty of wiggle room for the umbilical cord to heal. Tiny gPants are now available exclusively in the new baby bundle. Enough to keep your baby covered from day one: When our little AppleBlossom was first born our diaper stash was too large, but due to circumstances we were blessed to be able to give a trial run to some Tiny g’s prototype from gDiapers. It has been a secret, but now they are out and available for all to have! I am so excited! It almost makes me want to go back in time so that I can get their new. . .

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Waiting on Wednesdays – January 13th, 2010

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is: TV society reporter Alaine Delacroix feels like David facing Goliath when she takes on the biggest corporation in town to keep them from putting her parents’ garden center out of business. Lawyer Forbes Guidry wants nothing more than to stand up for the endangered local-business owners—but it will mean risking his job and crossing his powerful parents. Can Alaine and Forbes make “A Case for Love”? http://kayedacus.com/books

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Product Review: No Slippy Hair Clippy

The second thing that we absolutely loved to use over our Christmas holidays and is now a daily necessity, in addition to the Dropper Stopper, are our No Slippy Hair Clippys. *Thanks to MaryLenore of BopStarPR for providing some samples for review.* We were in love at first sight!   The one comment that people always make when they see our AppleBlossom is, “Look at all that hair!” It is followed with my stating that, “Oh yes, she was born with it all.” Then the comments on the bows and how precious, cute, adorable, beautiful and so on that they are. It is so true. Our AppleBlossom was born with a full head of long hair for a baby girl and we treasure it. Although it has changed from being darker than my own, to now being a very ginger auburn much like her daddy’s beard, she has plenty of it.. . .

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FIRST Chapter: Dinosaurs for Kids by Ken Ham {Review}

Dinosaurs for Kids

Ken Ham loves dinosaurs! In this big book he teams a powerful Bible-based timeline of dinosaur history with eye-popping illustrations and the latest in dinosaur information! Kids will learn about dinosaur names and misnomers, what the Bible has to say about them, and what we can learn from the fossil evidence of their existence! The world of dinosaurs has never been this exciting, revealing, and simply amazing to see and explore!

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Product Review & Giveaway: Dropper Stopper

This giveaway is closed, but please still enjoy the review. Over the holidays there were three things in my AppleBlossom’s life that I found to be incredibly valuable. One of which is the Dropper Stopper, the other two I’ll tell you about in the days to come. The Dropper Stopper is an incredible invention designed to “keep cups and toys clean and close” and it does that. Although at this time AppleBlossom is still too little for her own cups, she has reached the point of holding toys and getting excited and then losing them. Such as the main event of her toy collection, Winky the lamb. We have five Winkys just in case one disappears, but when I’m out and about those others do not help me much. What helps is this fabulous tool! The dropper stopper is an accessory that no parent should live without! With its patented. . .

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