• Introducing Essentials 2nd edition

Boba Baby Carrier

I really love babywearing. In the spring of 2010, when AppleBlossom was just a little older than OrangeBlossom is now, I had a whole month and some of featuring all sorts of carriers and other information. Some carriers were borrowed, some provided for review, some given on by request of the company to charity, some live in my closet and then others I use practically daily. Previous to then, I did not know much about babywearing, other than my SisterL did it and she had wraps. Now I’m in love with it all and fascinated by all the options available. My staple for on the go has been my ring slings, but I’ll tell you not all ring slings are created equal! Some are grab and go, and some are a bit more bulky and not so easy to work with (although gorgeous!). My favorite ring slings have to be. . .

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Infantino Sync Wrap Carrier

Infantino is truly one of my favorite companies these days. Time after time and product after product that comes out is truly incredible and I cannot help but recommend them. I confess I am a babywearing mama and couldn’t live without my carriers and wraps. Up to this point my favorite has been my SleepyWrap (my review) and then depending on the age, position of my child I have loved my ring slings (others that I love) and my soft structured carriers such as the Infantino Eco-Sash Carrier and the Ergo. My husband thinks I’m crazy, but I keep telling him depending on how I want to hold my baby I need a different carrier. It might be because of the style shirt I’m wearing, and I want to make sure I have access. Or it might be that I’m going to be getting in and out of the car. . .

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Infantino EcoSash Carrier

If you were around Creative Madness Mama in March, you may have experienced some of my fabulous reviews and adventures with babywearing. Thanks to Mom Central and Infantino I was able to experience an Infantino EcoSash. I have seen these in BRU and they have some great patterns and designs. ECOSASH – Wrap & Tie Carrier The EcoSash is designed with style and comfort in mind. It has a natural, form-fitting design that adjusts as baby grows, plus three carrying positions and a whole bundle of features, accessories and surprises. You’ll be ready to roll with a detachable hood, reversible fabric prints, extra padding, and a mesh washing machine bag. Much in the same way that I loved the Big Sister Designs Mei Tai and the TogetherBe Mei Tai, the Infantino EcoSash is similar, but different. It also has features that are like a soft structured carrier like Belle Baby. . .

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Bellala Baby Pouch #babywearing

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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New Native Organic Pouch #babywearing

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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Babywearing Series 2010

If you have missed anything so far… Here are the links to see it! Babywearing 101Baby K’tan SpotlightKokopax SpotlightAre You Wearing Your Carrier Correctly? (Guest post)Podaegi (Guest post)Etsy Spotlight: Li’l Peeper KeepersERGObaby Carrier ReviewBoba Baby Carrier SpotlightBelle Baby Carrier ReviewBig Sister Designs Mei Tai ReviewTogetherBe Mei Tai ReviewBaby Bjorn Review (Guest Review)Etsy Spotlight: BabyEtte BoutiqueRockin’ Baby Sling Review (GIVEAWAY)BabyEtte Ring Sling Review (GIVEAWAY)Comfy Joey Ring Sling Review (DISCOUNT CODE)Li’l Peeper Keepers Ring Sling Review (GIVEAWAY)Hava Sling SpotlightSafe Choices for a Ring Sling Fabric (Guest post)Sugar Sweet Baby Spotlight (DISCOUNT)Babywearing During Pregnancy and Babywearing with TwoOrganic SleepyWrap Review (GIVEAWAY/DISCOUNT)Wrapsody ReviewLi’l Peeper Keepers Woven Wrap ReviewSnuggy Baby Reviewn (GIVEAWAY) Rockin’ Baby Pouch SpotlightNew Native Pouch ReviewBellala Baby Pouch ReviewHugaMonkey Review

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SnuggyBaby Wraps #babywearing

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,. . .

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Product Review: Li’l Peeper Keepers Woven Wrap #babywearing

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. . .

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Product Review: Wrapsody #babywearing

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,. . .

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Product Review & Giveaway/Discount: Organic SleepyWrap #babywearing

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. . .

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Wearing During Pregnancy and Wearing Two #babywearing

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. . .

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Product Spotlight & Discount: Sugar Sweet Baby #babywearing

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. . .

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Safe Choices for a Ring Sling #babywearing

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. . .

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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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