A couple months ago, I wrote about how we had discovered and fallen in love with Avent Contemporary Freeflow Soothers Pacifiers for AppleBlossom. It just so happens that at six and a half months we are ready to get her some of the next size. Originially, we bought the 0-6 month sizes and now just bought some 6-18 month. It is great to see the new patterns and to see her curiosity at inspecting them. It’s really cute. If I can get a picture I will show you what I mean. If you missed my original post, you can go back and read it here. The reason I am bringing up that old post about the pacifiers is not only because we just bought some more, but through ChicExecs I found MyPacifier.com and they have some personalized pacifiers made of the Avent Soothers!! I was so excited and requested them. . .
Bellala Baby Exquisite Infant to Toddler Car Seat Covers, slings & accessories www.bellala-baby.com￼ Our Story…Bellala Baby was founded in 2005 with the birth of my niece Isabella. She was the first baby girl born to our family and we were so thrilled after having three boys. In an effort to make something quite special for our newest family member I made her a carseat cover all in pink posies and butterflies… she was going to be a girlie girl whether she liked it or not. This first gift lead to many requests and suddenly I was in business without much effort besides a love of creating and the time to make it happen; I had been an at home mommy to my son Nickolas since May of that year. Since then countless mommies have come to us to create something special for their little angel. We are pleased to have. . .
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When I first started looking into babywearing what I wanted most was a pouch. The idea of throw it on, grab the baby and go is absolutely appealing to me. Especially around the house or running errands. Yet when I started to shop around for pouch carriers I was a bit overwhelmed. For one, you may have heard in the media lately about all the dangers associated with bag pouch carriers. For more information on Babywearing Safety, check out the facebook page with all sorts of articles here. The pouches that I was looking into are different than the sling bags and the thing that I noticed when I was first checking out some of the sites were the safety guidelines for use (and this was before all the media hype). One of the first companies that I discovered is New Native Inc and right on their front page they. . .
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This giveaway is now closed, but please enjoy the review. In talking about wraps, you have heard me rave over my SleepyWrap that is super stretchy, enjoyed previewing a Wrapsody that is semi stretchy, and become curious of the different types of woven wraps available from Li’l Peeper Keepers. Today, I want to tell you about a company you may not have heard about, but I love SnuggyBaby! SnuggyBaby wraps are much like the SleepyWrap. They are different, I do not know how to explain it really, but SleepyWraps are a big more stretchy, but not by much. SnuggyBaby are also made out of 100% Organic Cotton French Terry and they have a decorative panel in the middle. *Thanks to Jo of SnuggyBaby I was able to review a Torquoise Dream Wrap and it is divine!* Snuggy Baby wraps have everything that you could want in a wrap; comfort, support,. . .
So, if you’ve been hanging around this month, you’ve been able to meet Rebecca, the Mama behind Li’l Peeper Keepers and you have heard how much I absolutely love her Tencel Twill Ring Sling. And just maybe, you’ve already entered into her giveaway for a TOY pouch sling (if not go back here to find out more…). Today I want to tell you about something else that she has available for babywearing folk like me. Woven Wraps. Most people think “stretchy” when it comes to wraps, but there is another option in a woven wrap, and ultimately in the long run more practical. As woven wraps have less stretch, they will better be able to hold a heavier child (such as a toddler or older) without sagging or stretching out. *Thanks to Li’l Peeper Keepers I was able to try out a gauze woven wrap with a decorative panel that. . .
While I love my SleepyWrap, another neat wrap company that I have discovered is Wrapsody. While the pricing for a Wrapsody:Wraparound Baby Carrier is more expensive these are completely unique and hand dyed which makes them more costly to make, but they are indeed beautiful. Wrapsody carries two main types of baby wraps in the Bali Breeze and Bali Stretch, but also has Water Wraps and accessories (sometimes Wool Wraps). *Thanks to Colleen of Gypsy Mama, LLC I was able to do a review of a Bali Stretch and then pass it on to LLL International as a donation to another Mama in need.* If I had the budget, I would buy myself one of these in a heart beat! Bali Stretch: These are soft and silky — soft like your favorite T-shirt. The process of hand-dyeing and batiking removes much of the lengthwise stretch but leaves the widthwise stretch,. . .
This giveaway is now closed, but please enjoy the review. My first experience with a wrap was not a positive one, but so many people rave about them I was thinking that perhaps I had just picked the wrong one. After doing a little research and reading I discovered the SleepyWrap. *Thanks to Ashley of NAP, Inc for providing an Organic SleepyWrap for review!* As soon as I received the wrap and pulled it out of the matching drawstring bag I knew I was in love. Past experiences with a wrap that belonged to SisterL of a best selling wrap had caused me to doubt my desire to babywear via a wrap, but SleepyWrap has completely renovated that idea for me. I can honestly say that I am terribly sad that I did not know about SleepyWrap when AppleBlossom was a newborn, but now I know and will be prepared. . .
Hi, I’m Natalie, and I’m thrilled to be guest posting today on wearing during pregnancy and wearing two. My two kiddos are only 13 months apart in age, so much of my babywearing has been during pregnancy or wearing two. Until very recently, my almost two year old wasn’t fast or strong enough to make it through a trip to the thrift store or discount grocery on his own two feet, so he and the baby both got to ride (and I got a workout and lots of double takes)! When I discovered we were expecting #2, I was still a very beginning babywearer. I had a sling (albeit not a very good design), and had just made a mei tai. That turned out to be a very, very good thing, because as my belly expanded, doing a front or hip carry just wasn’t very comfy. A back carry with. . .
Today’s Spotlight is for a neat little shop, Sugar Sweet Baby, that I discovered that specializes in BAMBOO baby wraps, but also carries other things such as hair clips and more. Without further adieu, let Lara introduce herself to you! Here is a little info on wraps and babwearing from my own experience:) When I first had my son over 4 years ago, I was so confused about baby products. I was my first friend that got married and pregnant, so trial and error is what I used as well as alot of researching and message boards asking other Mom’s their opinions. When it came to babywearing, I knew I wanted to wear my son. I loved the idea of the closeness as well as the functionality of it. So my search began for carriers. I literally tried them all. At first I did not even want to try a. . .
Advice from Li’l Peeper Keepers: In the current frenzy of babywearing comeback, it is wise to put in some research before purchasing a baby sling. When you look through our shop, you will find mostly natural fabrics in our ring slings collection – silk, linen, and tencel. We have chosen to focus on these fabrics for several reasons. Here are some of them: A baby carrier should be strong, easily cleaned, and breathable, right? Well, that’s what all of these fabrics are. First, they should be strong. Natural fibers tend to be strong, a characteristic that you definitely want in a baby carrier. Although single layer cotton slings may be inexpensive to produce and buy and beautiful to look at, we have chosen to direct our line away from that to more durable, while still light-weight options. Another aspect of the strength of a ring sling is the type of rings used. I mentally cringe when I. . .
Today I am incredibly pleased to bring to you a Spotlight of the HAVA Sling from Nurtured Family, an neat boutique based out of Houston, Texas. *Thanks to Rachelle of Nurtured Family for providing this information.* HAVA Baby Sling The Stylish Sling for Modern Mama’s HAVA is the result of 9 years of babywearing and two years of brainstorming on how to design a sling that is not only stylish and comfortable, but also conforms to the desires of many mothers to have a sleek and lightweight sling. We believe HAVA accomplishes all of this. Lightweight and compact (half the size of other padded slings) Zippered pocket in the tail Lightweight rail padding, a third of regular padded slings Padded rails can be pulled through the rings for greater adjustability Decorative ribbon on the tail Small, contoured shoulder pad Beautifully pleated and gathered around the rings Comes with instructional DVD. . .
This giveaway is now closed, but please enjoy the review. “Closer to Mama, Happier the Baby.” The first week of March, I introduced you to Rebecca of Li’l Peeper Keepers, you can go back and read that here if you missed it. Getting to know Rebecca over the course of time in preparation for this series has been a blessing, even other Etsy sellers have told me how delightful it is to do business around her. The past few days I have introduced you to several different slings that I have had the pleasure to enjoy such as Rockin’ Baby Sling, BabyEtte Boutique Super Wide Ring Slings, Comfy Joey Ring Sling, and will spotlight HAVA Slings tomorrow, but today is my absolute treasure. Of all the slings that I have experienced, none surpass my Li’l Peeper Keepers Tencel Ring Sling. Rebecca was an absolute doll and sent me a Deliciously. . .
While I was perusing the internet in search of pouches, I discovered a neat contact and found that she had changed to selling more ring slings instead (although there are a few pouches left on clearance!). After some discussion, Ayesha offered me a price on a ring sling so that I could acquire one for review (I promptly told SisterL and she bought it for herself, I’m just “borrowing” it *wink*). [Note: As with all my reviews, these are my own thoughts, and I did not promise a positive review.] Based out of the Metro DC area, Comfy Joey was started in April 2005 by Ayesha Ghatala, and specialized in high-quality baby slings. It was Ayesha’s own passion for babywearing that inspired her creation of her own line of slings. Comfy Joey also carries Doll/Toy Pouches, past Limited Edition Collections of Ring Slings, Rebozo Shawl Carriers, Cashmere Nursing Covers, Carrier. . .
With all of the diapers that I have been discovering when I found one with the name AppleCheeks, I just knew that we had to try it on our AppleBlossom. Just from seeing pictures, and then with the actual diaper in hand I could not get over how cute it is. Truly it is the most adorable diaper I have yet to see. At first, I had a real issue, because I just was certain that the elastic would not fit her legs and she is a little girl. I went and emailed their customer service and received prompt and polite replies to my questions (they must have thought me crazy!). The AppleCheeks diapers have some strong elastic in the legs and it is a different feeling that using other diapers. The pulling of the side, fully extending the elastic of the leg before snapping is very important. (Otherwise, you’ll. . .