Monthly Archives: July 2012

World Breastfeeding Week Celebration

By B

We’re so excited about a big event coming up, the World Breastfeeding Week Celebration!

 

This event is near and dear to me. This will be the fifth year for me to attend this event, the fourth as a babywearing educator. (Well, last year, someone got carsick on the way there, so I had to miss out, but anyway.) This is one of the first events I attended as an educator, when my son was just a toddler. As a nursing mama, I love this event. I know how babywearing can make nursing soooo much easier, so it’s awesome for me to be able to share that with mamas who need the help. Being able to nurse hands free, especially when you have older children, is fantastic. Being able to nurse discreetly in public, when you are nervous about being overexposed, is invaluable.

If you’d like more info about nursing in a carrier, nursing not in a carrier, using a carrier while not nursing, if you are a breastfeeding mom, were a breastfeeding mom, are a partner to a breastfeeding mom, even if you just want to support breastfeeding moms, come out to this great event!

See the part in the flier that mentions “babywearing style show”? That’s us! In addition to having a booth with all the carriers in our library, plus great info and our fabulous certified Volunteer Babywearing Educators, we’ll be putting on the Babywearing Style Show. Come see some of our beautiful carriers in action. We’ll also be providing some great items for the giveaways, including a few terrific items donated by Olives and Applesauce!

BB goes to CO

By ME

 

The BB Slen is a well-traveled wrap! It came with my little family on a trip to north central Colorado. Only a mere 30 miles south of the most destructive wildfire in Colorado’s history, we went on a mile long hike in the Front Range foothills of the Rocky Mountains at Heil Valley Ranch. I tossed my 18-lb, 14-month old on my back in a rucksack carry.

 

 

It was a comfortable 70-something degree, overcast day at the beginning of our hike, which was an improvement from 99 degrees the day before! By the end of the hike, the sun had come out, and I could feel the sweat was rolling.

 

What I love most about this wrap and rucksack carry is the even distribution of weight on my back. There aren’t any pressure points, and when tied tightly (with the help of my lovely husband), Baby felt snug and secure. I could jiggle side to side, and she wasn’t going to go anywhere. Safety was a big factor here, especially considering the rocky and uneven terrain we were hiking on. Thank goodness, I did not end up getting winded, as it was a nice, leisurely hike, even considering the altitude.

 

 

The absolute best part of all…having your sweet little one fall asleep while being worn. To me, as a mother, nothing is more validating than having a happy, content, SLEEPING baby while I get to enjoy mother nature. To keep her sleeping, bobble-head secure, I just had my husband help pull the sides of the wrap up on either side of her, while making sure her face was still visible and her airways free.

 

 

Overall, we had a fantastic hike. Thank you so much to Babywearing International of Peoria for letting us borrow this beautiful wrap for our trip!!!!

Tula Review

By B

I’ll be honest. I love this carrier. It fits my body just right and I love it.

A little about Tula carriers, from our correspondence with the owner, Ula, who generously sold us the carrier at cost for the library:

We are making them in Poland and every carrier is made by hand by one person from beginning to the end. It is not the same type of a production as these that make their carriers in china or india. 
We would like to remain smaller, more exclusive and appeal to people who appreciate that we have our own facility and our own employees. We are able to pay our employees double of what they used to make as seamstresses in their previous job.
I really like that. I like being a part of carriers made in fair trade conditions. I like the idea of getting a great carrier while I’m making life better for a mama like myself. That’s good stuff.
Aside from all that, Tula has some nice features. There’s a storage pouch on the waist band. It’s big enough for your phone, some cash, a key. I like that it’s on the waist instead of the body of the carrier for a couple of reasons. 1) I don’t like to smush things up against baby’s body as in a traditional pocket on the carrier. 2) I think the waist placement makes it more accessible when doing a back carry
There’s a sleep hood that is removable (snaps on and off).
They come in a lot of cute prints and are starting to do woven wrap conversions. There’s an available infant insert, but I haven’t tried it.
Something else really unique that I haven’t tried, but would like to, is the leg extensions. Tula makes an infant sized and toddler sized carrier. The carrier shown here is the infant size. My baby is between 9 and 11 months in these pics
The infant size, with a 15.5″ body, is for babies from 15 to 45 lbs. The toddler size, wider and 18″ tall,  is for children 18 months (and/or about 25 pounds) to 4+ year old. The leg extensions slip onto the infant sized carrier to enable you to carry an older child and still have knee to knee support.
The straps on this are less wide than some, but more padded, so they are still very comfortable. There is extra padding around the leg area for baby’s comfort, a nice touch. There are the handy elastic loops on the ends of the webbing to keep things looking neat (but, um, I may be too lazy to do those up often.)
The shoulder straps adjust at the back, as typical straps do, and also at the front, which is really nice for breastfeeding in the carrier. In a front carry, the straps are worn rucksack style with a chest belt. The chest belt is easy to adjust, so you can wear it lower, as I prefer, or higher.
All in all, this is a really terrific mid-priced SSC.

Tip Tuesday- The Couch Method

By KSC

Today we will talk about the chair method to get your little one on your back.  This is a great way to get comfortable getting a little one on your back in a safe manner until you feel ready to try some of the other methods.  My husband has a bit of a problem loading our son on his back unless I am there to help him out.  He is a bit too tall for Nolan to climb on his back and he has not mastered the hip scoot method yet.  This way is safe and easy for my husband to get Nolan up all by himself.  He is using our lending library’s Tula standard size carrier.
First lay out the carrier on a chair or couch, this can even be done in the car.  Loosen the arm straps a bit more than usual to make it easier to pull up over your shoulders.
 Seat child in the carrier with the legs under the waist strap.
 Sit in front of carrier and child and attach the waist strap.  Tighten it as much as possible.
 Slip arms through the arm straps, which are buckled just loosened.
Come to a standing position and tighten the waist straps and arm straps.
 Push up  on child’s legs gently to insure that the child’s bottom is lower than the knees ensuring a good seat
Now you are done.  Child is happy and safely on daddy’s back.  You can sit back down and remove the arm straps and waist strap to unload child.

Babywearing and Water

By HD

This weekend we went up to the lake. My 14 month old was anxious to explore and I was anxious about him being near the water.

He is at the age where he isn’t able to control his actions and we have to always stay close by. Babywearing allowed us to walk down to the water and on the docks and feel secure. My son could see the water, the boats and the fish but he wasn’t tempted to run into the water or lean over the dock.

We went boating and I kept him in the carrier while walking to the boat and loading (where he then put on his lifejacket). Wearing him also made it easier to help my 3 year old around the water. The carrier pictured here is the Pognae from the BWI library!

Happy 4th of July!

By KS

On June 19, 2012, my little brother was injured during a grenade attack in Afghanistan while serving in the US Army. He was flown to Germany, then finally back to Walter Reed Hospital in Washington DC.

He had shrapnel pieces from the grenade in his back, legs, butt, and feet, and also a concussion. It was a scary call to get, and so my sister and I, along with my two small children, decided to drive the 14 hours from our home in Illinois to see him in our nation’s capitol. My girls are 6 and 22 months, so we knew this trip was going to be a long and tiring adventure for them. The car ride seemed to stretch on forever and limited my physical contact with my baby; something we aren’t used to!  Thank goodness for babywearing. During the 4 days we were there, I constantly wore my almost 2 year old in a soft structured Boba. She napped in it each day and fell asleep in it at night when we were still out and about at bedtime. We used public transportation a lot (Metro, bus, trolley)

and also walked many places. I was so grateful to put her on my back and have her safe and close by, without having to lug a stroller around. I was also able to hold my big girl’s hand and make sure she was always accounted for as well. The biggest bonus to wearing her was that I think it truly gave her a sense of security and comfort. We were in many unfamiliar places and saw many sad and scary things, but she was on mama’s back, a place she knows so well, and a place that she loves. It was a whirlwind of a trip, but one we won’t forget.
My brother is doing much better now. He still cannot walk on his left ankle, as it was damaged by shrapnel. He’ll be in Washington DC for awhile, receiving therapy, both physical and emotional. Many of his fellow service members were not as lucky as he was.
I am so thankful for babywearing and also so grateful for men and women like my brother, willing to give the greatest sacrifice so that we can live free in America.

Tip Tuesday- Two Ways to Wear a Pouch

This week we will talk about using a pouch and the two ways to wear it.  I don’t like the pouch for when babies are under 4 months old but I think they work nicely when they are at the stage of sitting up and curious to look around.  They also are great to have in the diaper bag or leave in the car in case you need to make a quick trip into a store.  I will be using a Hotsling from the lending library.  The first way to wear it is the shoulder flip which is the way my Hotsling directions has listed.
First take the tube of fabric and fold it in half with the outside edges touching and the small tag on the outside showing.
Take your folded tube and put it over your head sash style with the edges facing up.  I like to carry on my left hip so I put my left arm through the fabric and it ends up over my right shoulder.
 Here you can see the pocket opening facing up.  You also want to position the seam so it will sit right on the baby’s bottom.
 Now you hold baby in a high burp position, reach under the pouch and guide baby’s legs through the pouch.
 Still guiding baby through the pouch to sit into the seam area. Spread the fabric to baby’s knees and place baby’s knees higher than his bottom to ensure a nice seat.
Now with baby seated in the pouch you can tighten up the top portion by pulling down the top piece of material that is sitting on your shoulder
Here is what it will look like when complete (baby does have legs out although my hand is covering that).

Now to show you how to wear the pouch with a twist.  This way is really nice if the sling is slightly too large.  

First take the tube and fold in half inside out.    You can see the tags are on the outside of the pouch.
Slide your arm through sash style but the opening will now be facing the floor.
Next you will take the bottom outside edge of the pouch and bring it up towards you.  This will bring all the tags back to the inside of the pouch.
Still keep your seam area for the baby’s bottom.  Slide baby in from a high burp position and reach under to bring the legs through.
 Bring pouch up baby’s back.

 This is what the pouch will look like when worn with the twist.  It keeps baby in snug while keeping both pouch pieces over your shoulder.