• Introducing Essentials 2nd edition

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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Etsy Spotlight: Li’l Peeper Keepers #babywearing

INTRODUCTION TO ME =) Hi, I’m Rebecca, a babyweairng Mama and the seamstress behind Li’l Peeper Keepers baby carriers. I was privileged to grow up in the picture postcard state of Vermont. Now we enjoy the gentler, less dramatic beauty of northern Tennessee. I thank God for my precious preacher husband and our five children, four here and one in heaven. I have the honor of being a wife and a homeschool Mama. With this business, we all get involved! I love seeing when a child gets excited with a sale. I appreciate my encouraging husband, who, besides helping verbally with his support, has taken pictures, burned hundreds of DVDs, and mailed packages! I began sewing about twenty years ago. My teacher was a mother with great patience and my tool a temperamental old Kenmore machine. I used to sew mostly clothes and gradually, my projects began to look more. . .

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About the Podaegi #babywearing

Hi, I’m Natalie, and I’m thrilled to be guest posting today! A podaegi (or podeagi, or pod for short) is a a traditional Asian carrier that is similar to a mei tai. Unlike a mei tai (pictured at right),  a podaegi only has two straps, located at the top of the carrier. It can have either a large, blanket like body, or a narrower body similar to a mei tai in size. I was curious about podaegis, so I decided to make one and see if I liked it. First, I made one with a narrower body, using this podaegi tutorial from Sew She Sews. I chose for simplicity’s sake not to use multiple fabrics for the outside, using instead a pretty decorator fabric for the exterior of the body, and lighter fabric for the inside. I used duck cloth for the straps. After it was finished, I was excited. . .

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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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