Product Spotlight: HAVA Sling #babywearing

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. . .

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Product Review & Giveaway: Li’l Peeper Keepers Ring Sling #babywearing

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. . .

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Product Review: Comfy Joey Ring Slings #babywearing

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. . .

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Product Review: AppleCheeks #clothdiapers

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. . .

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Product Review & Giveaway/Discount: BabyEtte BabyBasics Ring Sling #babywearing

This giveaway is now closed, but please enjoy the review. As you have already been introduced to Beth earlier this month, now I would like to introduce you to her BabyBasic Super Wide Ring Sling. Don’t let the word “Basic” fool you, there is nothing plain or ordinary about Babyette BabyBasics super wide ring slings.One look at the meticulously pleated and decoratively stitched shoulder and you will know that this is not a cheaply made baby carrier. Each is handmade for you, so I am able to take special requests. (length, fabric, etc.) Baby Basic slings come in many colors of strong, soft cotton that will continue to soften with wear and washing.Cocoa Brown, Cranberry Red, Pewter Gray, Plum Purple, Indigo Blue, and Sage Green. Now available in Petal Pink and Sand. Also, of course, you can choose the Original LBD sling in Basic Black. See all of the basic. . .

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Product Review & Giveaway: Rockin’ Baby Sling #babywearing

This giveaway is now closed, but please enjoy the review. So picture this. It’s Thanksgiving Holidays, the Enginerd’s parents are up for the week to spend time with AppleBlossom (grandchild #1 for them), we decided to take them sight seeing to a town nearby with an adorable township (bigger than our own). We are walking by the train (permanently resting), visiting the Village Toy Maker’s Shop, and an adorable restaurant called the Silver Caboose and Side Car Market (french onion soup is to die for!). While the Enginerd goes into the Bike shop to get a part to fix my tire we walk down the street. I’m sporting my Belle Baby Carrier with holding a blanket up over her to keep out the chill. In this area normally as I walk about people always comment on my carrier, yet in this instance it was I who commented on the babywear. . .

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Etsy Spotlight: BabyEtte Boutique #babywearing

Today’s Etsy Spotlight is BabyEtte Boutique and the creative mind behind it, Beth. Come back later this week and look for a review of a BabyEtte BabyBasics Super Wide Ring Sling with a giveaway!  So, who is she? My name is Beth, and I’m the creative force behind BabyEtte. I know I couldn’t be where I am now without the support and love of my Husband, four daughters, and the grace of our Lord. I have been truly blessed, and try not to take these things for granted. My parenting journey began 10 years ago in Seattle, Washington. I found myself trying to find my place living a dichotomy between a “crunchy” parenting style, and conservative Christian beliefs. I felt like I was standing with a foot in two different worlds. Now it seems that babywearing, cloth diapering, and homeschooling have caught on. We are no longer the only ones. . .

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Product Review: Baby Bjorn #babywearing

From their website: About BabyBjörn BabyBjörn AB is a family-owned, Swedish company founded in 1961. Right from the start, BabyBjörn’s goal has been to simplify everyday activities for parents and small children by developing innovative products for children up to the age of three. Our products are now used worldwide by millions of parents, and all of them have the same goal: happy, safe children. The enthusiastic reception our products have received from these families inspires us in our efforts to develop safe and attractive, high-quality products. When we develop our products, we always try to be both creative and sensitive to children’s and parents’ needs. We aim to identify those little everyday problems and then to come up with ingenious solutions to them. Parents should feel confident in their choice of a functional product that is safe for their child. This is why we take responsibility for every step. . .

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Product Review: TogetherBe Mei Tai #babywearing

Yesterday, I shared with you my introduction the Mei Tai through Big Sister Designs. Today, I want to tell you about another great company with a beautiful Mei Tai of their own (plus so much more). *Thanks to Melanie Frenkel of Signature Public Relations and TogetherBe for providing a Theresa Freehand Mei Tai baby carrier for review.* This is the Mei Tai that had the instructions for a hip carry. At first it was pretty confusing to me, but after a few tries I had it down and love it!  The Freehand Mei Tai comes in six different prints named for women of history (Amelia Earhart, Princess Diana, Harriet Tubman, Mother Theresa, Marie Curie, and Janis Joplin) that are fully reversible to a solid color. The shoulder straps are padded (but not as squishy soft as Big Sister Designs).  A Mei Tai is a way of holding your baby close. . .

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Product Review & Discount: Big Sister Designs Mei Tai #babywearing

There are several different types of baby carriers out there. The frame structured carriers such as the Kokopax and then next to the soft structured carriers like the ERGObaby Carrier, Boba Baby Carrier or the Belle Baby Carrier there are carriers such as the Mei Tai or Podaegi. Today’s review is of my first introduction to a Mei Tai. (My babywearing series photo is also a picture of a Mei Tai from TogetherBe — look for a review tomorrow!) While searching around Etsy (preparing my mother’s shop) I discovered Big Sister Designs. Through some messages back and forth I found that the shop owner Maria and I have several values and interests in common such as quilting, breastfeeding, cloth diapering, babywearing and Christianity. She is easily the type of merchant that I would want to do business with. Browsing around her shop I discovered not only an incredible receiving blanket. . .

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Product Review: Belle Baby Carrier #babywearing

In March 2009, at four months pregnant, my friend Lindsey introduced me to Belle Baby Carrier. Knowing how SisterL was a fan of babywearing, I was fairly certain it was something that I would pick up. But even if I did not really get into babywearing all the time, I knew that I could and definitely wanted a baby carrier to have around. Through a giveaway I was able to win a Belle Baby Carrier in Cherry Deco and boy was I ever excited! I found out that I won right after Enginerd was laid of, so it was a surprise and unexpected joy that had me addicted to babywearing my AppleBlossom ever since she was able to hold up her own head. If I remember correctly, I believe she was about eight pounds and note quite a month old. (It was more when she was able to move her. . .

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Product Spotlight: Boba Baby Carrier #babywearing

Today’s babywearing spotlight is the Boba Baby Carrier from NAP, Inc. This soft structured baby carrier was developed by the creators of SleepyWrap (look for a review in the next few weeks) as their son turned three years old and the wrap was no longer the “choice” method of carrying. (Now this is on my future wish list!!) Taken from their website: We are a big advocate of baby wrap carriers for infants and small babies and our son virtually lived in the Sleepy Wrap for his first 16 months of life. As he became bigger we started looking for something more practical to be able to continue carrying him. Soft structured carriers were new to us. We experimented with a few different carriers available on the market. It wasn’t so much that they were digging into our shoulders, but more the feeling of our son not being secure and. . .

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Product Review: ERGObaby & Heart2Heart #babywearing

As I first started my research on babywearing, the carrier that I first came across and the one that for all appearances seems to be the favorite of all families is the ERGObaby Carrier. There is no better feeling than holding your baby close! *Thanks to Hannah Sullivan of ERGObaby for providing a gently used ERGObaby Carrier and new Infant Insert , a component of ERGObaby HandsFree system.* I was extremely excited to try out the ERGO and when it arrived I was at first surprised at the waist buckle length. As I will tell you on Wednesday, my first introduction to babywearing was via my beloved Belle Baby Carrier and that waist strap is long in a way that I would never question if it might fit me, but with the ERGO I questioned it. It did fit, but being still in a postpartum body I opted for their. . .

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