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Meeting Recap: Emergency Babywearing

by VBE Sarah

(note: a lot of the carries we demonstrated were inspired by this blog post)

For our special topic this month, we talked about the ways in which babywearing and baby carriers can be very useful in emergency situations.

 

1) First we talked about uses (other than wearing a baby) for wraps or carriers in an emergency

-you can use a wrap to cross a waterway or pull someone up, as a splint, or as a tourniquet

-you can use any carrier to carry supplies

-you can carry an injured pet (although as a side note, a pillowcase is a MUCH better impromptu cat carrier than a woven wrap (eek!)). In an emergency situation, you may not have free hands for your little bitty dogs, or what if you have a really large dog that you have to move? A carrier may be the easiest way to get to the vet.

 

2) Next we discussed some carriers that are useful to keep in an emergency supply kit, in your car, or even under your pillow or bed

-Has your child outgrown a carrier? Instead of selling it online (the market is super slow right now), what about keeping it as an emergency carrier?

-Maybe you want to buy a specific carrier just for emergency situations. A pouch sling is an excellent choice. Pouch slings are very inexpensive and compact. Remember, though, that they are not one size fits all – you have to size a pouch sling to the wearer (different brands have different sizing schemes, but the main rule is that the sling should fit from one shoulder to the top of your opposite hip). There are also some great sscs that fold up nice and tiny, like our lending library’s Bitybean or Connecta.

 

3) Finally, our VBEs demonstrated how to fashion carriers out of everyday materials.

(As a general disclaimer, none of these are tested for safety. You should always use your best judgment for whether something feels safe to you. Some of the front carries we demonstrated are not entirely hands free, so always be aware of your child)

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Jill showed how you can use a scarf to do a rebozo carry (or even just pretied it to fit from one shoulder to the opposite hip)

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Kirsteen demonstrated a strap carry. You can use anything strap-like (a bunched up long scarf, the belt from your robe, or even some nylon rope) to carry your child on your back. This carry is exactly like a ruck tied under bum, just make sure that your child cannot get their arms under the straps, or they could fall out

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Kirsteen also demonstrated how to use a bed sheet, folded lengthwise, for a rebozo carry

This isn’t pictured, but Kirsteen also threaded the scarf through a shirt for a makeshift podaegi. Sarah showed how you can also thread a scarf through the sleeves of your shirt that you are wearing to make a pocket for a newborn. Tie the tails under bum and you’re good to go!

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Sarah showed how you can put a belt over your shirt for a newborn carry (not hands free, by any means!)

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Sarah also demonstrated a torso towel carry

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Finally, Sarah wore Jill on her back in a strap carry, to show how you can even wear an injured or infirm adult in an emergency situation

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Hopefully none of us will ever need to test these skills in an emergency situation. But in the meantime, it’s not a bad idea to think about how babywearing could help you in a disaster. Do you have an emergency plan?

 

Review: Comfy Joey Toddler Width Ring Sling

By SS

 

I wore my 24# 15 mo in this carrier for several up/down trips and one longer nursing session. I like the extra width on the carrier for a tall toddler (like my guy). He loves to bounce himself in carriers, so with ring slings I always make a VERY deep seat for him (like, the bottom rail comes up to his bellybutton deep). With the extra width on this carrier, I can do that with no problem and still have plenty of fabric for a snuggly nap, if that ever happens.

 

I love the black and white look of the fabric. It’s very classy, while still making a fashion statement. For men with an aversion to anything slightly girly, this is a great option!

 

I was surprised to find out the fabric is silk! It’s thin and strong, with little to no stretch or bounce, but with some cush. The texture is a little rough to the touch (not silky, by any means), but not at all irritating.

 

The shoulder is a simple gathered shoulder. Shoulder style is always a personal preference kind of thing. The advantage to a gathered shoulder is being able to cup the fabric onto the outside of your shoulder. This spreads the fabric (and baby’s weight) out more.

Meeting Recap: Saturday October 19th 2013 : Winter Wearing

This past Saturday’s meeting was on the subject of Winter Wearing! With the cool weather already starting to approach this meeting could not have come at a better time. The topic was lead by  VBE Beth with some insight from our other VBE’s Courtney, Sarah and Jill.

Beth first let everyone know that it is perfectly fine to wear a coat, sweater, fleece whatever you keep warm with under your carrier, and for your baby to do the same in the carrier. This is probably the easier, cheapest option for winter wearing but can easily become very bulky.  So Beth went on to explore the other winter wearing options available for both front and back carrying. Another easy option is to buy an over-sized coat or sweater and just zip baby right up into a front carry with you. For back carrying Beth suggesting buying a slightly over-sized fleece and cutting a head hole for baby.

Obviously company’s saw there was a need for such products so the first Coat  made for babywearing is Suse’s Kinder (http://www.suseskinder.com). Our library recently got a very nice winter wear vest made by Peekaru which is now part of the Boba family of products (http://store.bobafamily.com/outerwear). Beth next demonstrated a product she owns called a Monkey Pocket which just covers the carrier and baby.  She demonstrated a toddler sized Monkey Pocket but it does come in other sizes (http://monkeypockets.blogspot.com). CatBird also makes a winter carrier cover which our almost local to us store Once Upon a Sling carries (http://www.onceuponasling.com).

Another issue with winter babywearing is baby’s exposed legs. Typically you may have your baby in pants but with most carriers, wraps, slings whatever your using, the babies pants end up hiked up and ankles are then exposed. Beth suggested babylegs, or similar products to keep those ankles warm (http://www.babylegs.com)

Many people are interested in other DIY options. One of the easiest DIY options is a No-Sew Fleece Poncho. The Materials needed for this are 1.75 yards of fleece and a pair of scissors! More information on how to make this no-sew fleece poncho can be found here: http://www.fineandfairblog.com/2013/09/diy-no-sew-babywearing-poncho-coat.html . As discussed earlier another option is to turn a regular coat into a babywearing coat. DIY information for this project, which does involve sewing can be found here: http://thepurebaby.blogspot.com/2010/09/homemade-babywearing-coat-for-pure-baby.html .

Other winter babywearing Tips that Beth suggested is to pre-tie your stretchy or woven wrap to help keel the tails from dragging in the wet and snow. Also with a wrap you can  use the pocket method and attempt to keep your tails tucked in your pockets while wrapping. Beth said her favorite method was to just to tuck baby in her coat and then wrap once inside the store. Also using a SSC or a ring sling might be a better option for particular wet winter days as there is not much risk of dragging the carrier on the wet ground!

 

Wrapping with Rings! A Hip Carry & Front Carry

So per your request here are a few tutorials on wrapping with sling rings. I wanted to start out with a front carry and a hip carry before I move onto back wrapping with rings. So stay tuned for future blog posts and video tutorials about back wrapping with rings! Please remember when using rings for babywearing that you only use rings from slingrings.com as they are tested for babywearing and weight. Never use welded rings as they are not tested!

This first video tutorial is for a common hip carry called Robin’s Hip Carry. This variation is done with one sling ring. You could use a large or medium sling ring for this carry! I used a large in this video. I learned this carry thanks to our VBE Courtney. This is a great carry for nursing and also not a bad carrier for a beginner. This carry should be used for a baby with relatively good head control I think. In the video I use our lending library’s Didymos Indio Size 3. You could accomplish this carry with any size really you just may have a good bit of tail remaining if you use your base size. So here is Robin’s Hip Carry with a Ring

Robin’s Hip Carry with a Ring Video Tutorial

The next carry is a Short Cross Carry (SCC) with a Ring. I used a large sling ring in this video as well but you should be able to use a medium for this carry too! This is also a great carry to nurse in. And since this is a poppable carry its also a great beginner carry. What’s a poppable carry? Basically its a carry you can pre tie without baby in there, you can then after its tied place baby in. Later when you take baby out you could leave it tied and pop baby in again later. This can be very nice for running errands! Again I used our lending library’s Didymos Indio Size 3! A wrap of a size 3 or 4 would probably be appropriate for this carry. So here is Short Cross Carry with a Ring!

Short Cross Carry with a Ring Video Tutorial

I absolutely love using sling rings when wrapping! So look out for future tutorials on back wrapping with rings! I plan to do one on the Mermaid carry! Hopefully these video tutorials help you with learning to wrap with the use of sling rings!

Lydia

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I need both my hands! Front Wrap Cross Carry in a Moby

My very first carrier with my 2nd daughter was the Moby. The moby, wrapsody, boba wrap and DIY stretchy wraps are from what I have seen many peoples gateway carrier into the world of woven wraps. Our lending library has a few stretchy wraps available which are great for squishes. What’s a squish? Your brand new baby!

Lending Library Stretchy/Hybrid Wraps:

Boba Wrap (BRAND NEW TO OUR LENDING LIBRARY, thank you Boba!)
Beachfront Babies Water Wrap Carrier (White)
Je Porte Mon Bebe (Dark Gray/Plum)
Moby(Chocolate)
Sleepy Wrap, now known as Boba Wrap (Light Blue)
Wrapsody Bali Baby Stretch (Kai)
Wrapsody Water (Black)

So back to me! Haha! I had this piece of never ending stretchy fabric, 7 lbs worth of baby and a book with pictures that just confused me more! I tried the carry in the book (pocket wrap cross carry or something like that) and I just couldn’t get it situated the way I needed. Next stop the internet for video tutorials and there I learned the Front Wrap Cross Carry. Later on little did I know this carry would be my first carry in a woven wrap too! That’s what I love about it! I learned it with my stretchy and when my very first woven arrived in the mail I already knew how to do something! So with this new born baby, the housework falling way behind, no clean laundry in site and oh so sick of sitting on the couch and bed with my baby, time to babywear! I need two hands! Making a sandwich and throwing in a load of laundry became so much easier in an instant! So here is a very quick video and excuse my appearance I have been cleaning and what do you know doing laundry all day but here it is! The Front Wrap Cross Carry aka FWCC in a Moby! Also just a note you can take the tails on each side after your all done and spread them.

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Front Wrap Cross Carry Video Tutorial

Lydia