Monthly Archives: April 2012

Flower Power Fundraiser

BWI of Peoria is doing a spring bulb fundraiser! This is great for anyone, not just local folk. You order through the website, using our link http://www.flowerpowerfundraising.com/campaign?campaign_id=11397 , and they ship directly to your home. You don’t have to deal with us in person at all on this. So, maybe you don’t live in the Peoria area, but you’ve enjoyed our blog, learned some things and you’d like to support us? This is a great way to do so. We use the vast majority of funds raised to buy new carriers for our lending library. No one in our group is paid for the work we do. You can feel assured, knowing that your funds will be going right where you want them to: promoting babywearing in the Peoria area! If you haven’t already picked up some bulbs for spring planting, please consider helping us out with this. The fundraiser runs until the 27th of this month.

Adorable spring time baby pic (that’s the lending library’s new Dolcino wrap, purchased with donated funds)

 

Comfy Joey Toddler Width Silk Ring Sling Review

By TP

Comfy Joey Silk Ring Sling Review “Toddler Width in Seattle Silk” – Ages worn: 8 weeks; 12 lbs.

Brief Description: http://www.comfyjoey.com/catalog.php?item=264&catid=40&ret=catalog.php%3Fcategory%3D40

Velvety soft, with a weave that recalls snow capped peaks and majestic pine trees, and colors that are distinctly downtown; this best-selling, high-contrast sling crowned with silver SlingRings will slip right in to your wardrobe like it had always been there.

 

With its grippy texture and 36 inch width, our Seattle is perfect for cuddling your toddler on a hike in the woods or on a visit to your favorite barista. Seattle’s excellent diagonal stretch yields and molds to you and your child, and the Toddler-Width CJ Hybrid Shoulder provides a cushioning effect whether worn gathered or scrunched. The effort you put into threading and adjusting this sling will yield a slip-proof, rock-solid carry.

 

Learning Curve: This was my second babywearing experience (first was with the Boba wrap) and I went to a Saturday Meet-up. I was given one-on-one assistance on how to measure out the right length for my body and how to tighten/loosen around the rings. Once I was shown how to do it, I tried it myself and that’s all the help needed. Very easy to pick up after you’ve seen it done in person. (Shameless meeting plug – Go to a meeting; they’re super helpful!!!).

 

Activities: I wore my daughter around the house mostly, as we didn’t get out and about during these few weeks. Most activities consisted of snuggling, rocking, walking outside, pushing Big Brother outside in the swing, picking up around the house, etc.

 

Innovation: I absolutely loved how easy it is to get your babe in and out of the sling. By looking at it, I thought it was going to be struggle, but I learned it’s very easy to use for a new wearer like myself. Loved how this product was a standard size and a good fit for my plus-sized body, as well as my skinny-minny mother. No special attachments/extensions needed. That’s a plus for this plus-sized girl!

 

Ease of Nursing: I’m not a huge fan of nursing with it on. Not because of the wrap; it’s just my preference to be sitting down in a sturdy chair.

Safety: I felt completely comfortable with my daughter in the sling. I just ensured she was tightly tucked in around her bum, and she was good to go.

 

Storage: The storage is very simple. This sling doesn’t wrinkle much at all, so you can throw it in the purse/diaper bag and go.

An Added Benefit to Babywearing

By CS

When I started wearing my daughter, I quickly came across a benefit I hadn’t realized before I started.  That benefit – other babywearing moms.  I have met a lot of great friends through a common love of babywearing.  Here is the thing, when a mom is wearing her children you know how much she cares about them.  If she cares that much about her children, she is probably someone that I would like to know.  You also have an instant connection with that mom and can speak a common language.

 

Babywearing crosses many barriers.  I know babywearers that are stay at home moms, work at home moms or like me that work outside the home.  There are moms with just one carrier and moms with many carriers.  I know vegan babywearers and meat eating babywearers and fast food eating babywearers.  I know moms that have less and moms that have more that babywear but I have something in common with them all.  This commonality is enough to start a conversation and often enough to start a friendship.

 

Once you have your first carrier, it is hard not to become totally obsessed with them but that isn’t really necessary to enjoy the benefits of babywearing and it isn’t necessary to enjoy this benefit.  The next time you are at the park, the mall or the farmer’s market and you see another babywearing mom, introduce yourself and talk carriers or head to a BWI meeting:)  You are sure to meet some great moms this way.

Tip Tuesday- How to Fold Your Soft Structured Carrier

By KSC

This week’s tip (by request!) we will talk about folding and storing your Soft Structured Carrier(SSC).  I will demonstrate using our lending library’s beautiful 16″ Olives & Applesauce(O&A) SSC.

First I lay the carrier out print side up.  
I fold down the sleep hood (you could also tuck the hood into the body of the carrier) and fold the shoulder straps down on top of the body.  I have tucked the webbing and buckles under the shoulder straps.
Next I start to fold the body in quarters towards the waist strap. I also tuck in the side buckles at this time.
Lastly, I buckle the waist buckle and tighten the waist strap.
This carrier comes with the additional elastic at the waist strap to keep the carrier all neat and secured.  This one is a single loop you just slip around the folded carrier.

Featured Carry- Pocket Wrap Cross Carry

By B

 

This is something new BWI of Peoria will be trying, featuring a different wrap carry every two weeks. We encourage you to learn it or brush up on it if you already know it. Take a pic and post it to our Facebook page, make a photo or video tutorial yourself or share a link to some instructions that you love.

Our first featured carry is Pocket Wrap Cross Carry (PWCC). This is the most common carry done with a stretchy wrap.You can do it with a woven wrap as well, just experiment with how much space to leave for baby. I’m demonstrating with the Wrapsody Bali Baby Stretch from our lending library and a 17 lb, 9 month old baby. This is a pretied carry, so I’ll tie the wrap on, then put baby in. This is great for a young baby who needs to be popped out for frequent diaper changes. It’s also really nice for when you’re going out and about. You can tie it on at home, then put baby on in the parking lot without having to worry about tails dragging on the dirty ground.

Here, I’m holding the center (where the tag is) of the wrap with my chin

I’m holding the top edge of the wrap in one hand. It doesn’t matter which side you start with.

I’ve passed the edge, also called a “rail”, to the other hand

Still holding that edge, I’m putting it over my shoulder, with a motion just as I’d put on a jacket.

 

I’ve bunched it up on the opposite shoulder

Now, I’ll do the same thing with the other side. Holding the top edge only

Passing the edge to the opposite hand

Pulling it over my shoulder and bunching it up

From the front

I’ll be tucking the 2 vertical pieces, one at a time, under the horizontal piece

I’ll criss cross one piece over the other, Ideally, the piece that is on top in the cross on your back should be on top in the cross on your front, but it doesn’t matter tons.

After I criss cross, I bring both ends around behind my back.

 

I can tie in a double knot, now or, if I have enough extra fabric, I can bring both ends around to the front and knot there. If I have excess, I can tie a bow AFTER I tie the double knot. The double knot is important because we don’t want the material to get caught on something and come untied accidentally.

I’m going to push the horizontal pass down to prepare to put baby into the wrap.

Here, I’m pulling on my cross passes (the x parts) to make sure they are loose enough to get baby in. The horizontal pass will get tight, but don’t worry about that for now.

Grab your baby and put her in a high burp hold

We’re going to tuck one leg at a time into that X. Her leg is going to go under the top of the X and over the bottom part, so that the X is on her bottom.

First one leg

Then, the other

That X is right under her little bottom. This supports her and keeps her in the wrap.

As I settle her into her seat, I’m spreading the fabric of the X. First the cross that is closer to my body, then the outer one.

I’m making sure to spread the fabric from knee to knee. For a young baby, I could use one of these to support the head.

Now, we’re going back to that horizontal pass that I pushed down earlier. When I pull it out, I’ll tighten up the cross passes, snugging up the X and giving enough slack to move the horizontal pass up.

 

I’ll tuck one leg at a time straight down through the horizontal pass

Then, I’ll spread out the fabric.

I can spread the crosses in the back to be more comfortable. I can also “sandwich” the shoulders. (Not shown, but maybe a topic for another post.)

All done!

 

 

Beco Baby Carrier Review

By HD

Carrier: Beco Butterfly 2

Reviewed with child age: 11 months

The Beco Butterfly 2 is a soft structured carrier with buckles that can be used for both front and back carries.  The carrier goes on over your head and then buckles around your waist.  Baby is positioned inside and then the panel is pulled up to buckle in the front.  Baby is actually positioned touching fabric that is covering your chest (different from many SSCs where baby is up directly against your chest). Kind of like a pocket.  This feature was helpful for keeping baby secure when switching from front to back and may be easier for a parent who has never done back carries before. The buckles for the front panel of the carrier have an added safety feature where two hands are needed to unsnap the buckle, making it difficult for any child to unbuckle. Straps are worn rucksack style.

I was a little skeptical when I first put the carrier on.  I thought the pocket like feature would be uncomfortable, but I was surprised.  Very comfortable for me and baby!  He felt very lightweight and snug against me.

This is a great everyday/for any situation carrier, although this carrier does take a little more time to get on and off than most SSCs.  The website has several tutorials for using the carrier.  The carrier folds up nicely (the website has tutorial for this too).  I love the designs that are available and choices are gender neutral.

Concert Wearing

By HD

 

Summer is quickly approaching.  My family can’t wait for outdoor concerts to begin!  Attending live music and concerts has always been something my husband and I loved to do together.  We often planned our vacations around music festivals and events.  Once we started a family, we knew we wanted to continue to go to shows and bring our kids along for the fun.

 

My first son attended his first concert at 9 months and my second at 8 only weeks (yes, I am that mom!).

We always have our kids wear ear protection and usually stay toward the back.  And both boys love going.  My now 3 year old is already talking about going to a festival this summer.

And what has made our concert going experiences work well?  Babywearing of course!  Wearing our children keeps them close and safe when walking through the crowd and also helps the kids feel secure.  Maneuvering through big crowds can be challenging when pushing a stroller.  I’ll admit, I do take a stroller to big festivals, but I use it to cart all my other gear around, not just my kids.

My favorite carrier for concert going is a SSC.  This is because it is easy to trade with my husband and is the most comfortable (in my opinion) for walking and standing for long periods of time.

I also have a solarveil ring sling that I like to throw in my backpack.  I use this for hip carries and dancing with baby!

As you can see, concerts can be quite draining!

Over the years, we have had the chance to meet other babywearers at shows and even some musicians.

I am so excited for this summer concert season to begin.  My kids will be 1 and 3.5.  Being part of BWI has helped me expand my carrier options and I especially look forward to trying out some wraps this year.

Look for more pictures and stories of our concert going experiences this summer!

Tip Tuesday — How to Fold Your Mei Tai

By KS
This week we will talk about how to fold and store your Mei Tai(MT).  We will be using two different types of MT’s from our lending library, a Bamberoo MT and the Catbird Baby MT, from Once Upon A Sling.  I like to tie my carriers with the print side facing in so that if something were to leak in my bag or it is left in the car, the print is protected.
The Bamberoo MT has a padded waist so I fold this one up more like a Soft Structured Carrier.  I start with the carrier on flat surface print side up.
I take the shoulder straps and fold them accordion style on both sides.
 It should now look like this.
I then fold the top one-third of the carrier towards the waist strap.
Continue folding until you have it folded all the way to the bottom of the waist strap.

Take the waist strap and twist it around itself, like you are tying a ribbon on a present.

Then flip the entire carrier over and tie a knot on the other side.

he other type of MT we have in our lending library is the Catbird Baby, which has an unpadded waist and is  less structured.

 

I start the same way with the print side up.  Hood is laying flat.
Fold the whole carrier in half.
Fold both shoulder straps on top of the carrier accordion style
Now fold the body of the carrier and straps towards the waist strap.
Again I folded in thirds towards the waist strap.
Now both waist straps will be on one side of the carrier.  Take both and wrap around the folded carrier.
Come all the way around the body of the carrier with the waist strap until you reach the end then tuck in a corner of both straps.
You now have a neat little packed up carrier ready for the diaper bag or storage.