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We’re back with some tutorial videos!!!

If you are local to Peoria, IL, you know that, though our blog has been languishing, our group has been growing. Babywearing International of Peoria still has meeting twice a month. Check out our Facebook page and Facebook chat group for more info on our events. With our growing membership, we’ve found some new volunteers and hope to get back to at least semi-regular blogging. I’m very excited to introduce a new volunteer who will be doing some tutorial videos! She isn’t a VBE yet, but she’s very enthusiastic and is learning fast.

Bio
Hi, I’m Lydia a mom to a 5 year old daughter and a 7 month old daughter. I am relatively new to babywearing but have dove in head first. I did not really know anything about babywearng with my first daughter– using a hot sling fitted pouch and a bjorn style carrier. When I had my second daughter along with two dogs I knew that there had to be a better way to keep my baby close and still be able to accomplish my daily responsibilities. I started out with a Moby, but when we moved into the an apartment, completely new to Peoria with warm weather approaching, I needed better options to use when taking my dogs on walks. I went to the local Target and bought an Ergo, which to me was my gateway to babywearing. I found our local group through a google search and connected with them on Facebook. I soon discovered so many more options existed and I wanted to try them all. A ring sling was next, followed by a woven wrap (or a few). Between video tutorials and hands on help at the local BWI Peoria meetings I became pretty obsessed with babywearing. I cannot go a single day without babywearing multiple times a day. I babywear for dog walks, cleaning, grocery shopping, breastfeeding, snuggling and just to walk from my front door to the car!
When I really started learning about woven wraps and wrapping the name of the carry that I heard tossed around so often was “The Double Hammock”, abbreviated DH. After much practice with front carries, I was feeling very comfortable with my woven wrap. I moved on to back carries. My first truly successful back carry was a double hammock; it felt so secure with my barely 6 month old baby girl. Below are a few video tutorials that are all about the double hammock. All three videos are done using our lending library’s Ellevill Zara Blossom size 6. A double hammock is not a beginning carry but can be accomplished with practice. This carry can be done with any woven wrap size 4 to 7 depending on the size of wearer and baby.  This first video will walk you through the steps of a double hammock. This video uses a hip scoot with the seat made on my hip. Remember to start off center of the middle marker as mentioned in the video.
This next video is a variation on a double hammock. This video uses 2 sling rings to secure the tails of the double hammock at the chest pass versus tying off. This is a double hammock double rings or abbreviated DHDR. Only rings from slingrings.com should be used for babywearing as they are weight tested. Never use welded rings for babywearing! This variation is my all time favorite. Since the carry is secured right at the chest belt there is no need to tie off. Therefore, this carry can me done with a woven wrap of pretty much any size 2  and up, depending on the size of wearer and baby as well as how much tail you don’t mind having left over. This variation also starts off center
This final double hammock video I always think of as “oops I wanted to do a double hammock”. This varaition starts at the middle marker and ties at the shoulder or can be tied with a candy cane chest belt. Tied at the should is abbreviated DHTAS and the candy cane chest belt variation is abbreviated DH w/ CCCB. This, like the orginal double hammock, can be done with a woven wrap size 4 to 7. I like to do this variation when I already have baby on my back with the middle marker at baby’s back and realize… oh wait I wanted to do a double hammock, now what? A double hammock can still be done with this variation.
Please remember that all back carries must be done with a  woven wrap, not a stretchy wrap. It is also a good idea to have a spotter or to attempt this over a soft surface if you are not experienced with back wrapping. Hopefully these videos help you find the love for the double hammock.

Olives and Applesauce Photo Contest

By  B

We posted this info on our Facebook page, but, in case you missed it, I’ll talk about it again.

We are so very excited to be involved with the Olives and Applesauce promotional photo shoot. This is something I was personally involved with last year. All of the pics on the main page are local parents.

O&A isn’t in the Peoria area, but the photographer that they use, Treasured Images by Sara, is.

She’s super talented and this is so much fun to be a part of! Olives and Applesauce carriers are  near and dear to me. It was the very first soft structured carrier I bought to use with my son.

I still own it and wear him in it from time to time, at 4 1/2. Caren of O&A provided one of the first carrier donations when we were starting up BWI of Peoria. So, I’m very jazzed to be invited to participate again!

This year, they are having a contest to help find models for the shoot. To enter, follow this link. You’ll need to write a short essay about how babywearing has impacted your life and submit a photo of you and your child in an O&A carrier. If you do not own an Olives and Applesauce carrier, you are welcome to borrow a friend’s, come to a meeting and try on one from the lending library or meet up with Anna Hubbard of Once Upon A Sling. Applicants are encouraged to come try on a carrier and take a snapshot of yourselves.

If you choose this route, please also bring someone along with you to take the photo for submission as we can’t be trusted to take your pic for this submission.

If you’re chosen, you’ll be a part of the Olives and Applesauce promotional photo shoot. Your photo will grace the website, their Facebook page, maybe their printed material. You could be a famous babywearing model! You’ll get to choose a photo from your shoot to keep. You’ll WIN a FREE Olives and Applesauce carrier!!! And, you’ll get to have an awesome “authentic Peoria” lunch with all us gals. The photo shoot is Saturday, October 13th, 2012 from approximately noon – 5p.m, in Peoria. Sessions will last 60-90 minutes, so no need to be there the whole day. You will need to travel here at your expense if you are chosen.

The contest is open until midnight on September 15th. BWI of Peoria has 2 meeting before then if you need to try on an O&A, one on the 10th and one on the 15th. Obviously, the O&A will not be available for lending until after the contest deadline.

I can’t wait to meet the winner!

Babywearing Then and Now

By ME

The act of wearing babies in carrier dates back for thousands of years. Parents have used a variety of cloths, scarves, and ,more recently, buckles and straps to secure their little ones in a safe and fun way. It wasn’t until the modern invention of things such as strollers, walkers, carriages, etc. that babywearing fell out of popularity.

 

On a recent visit to the in-laws house, we were pouring over old photos and I came across this one (pardon the grainy shot; it’s a picture of a picture). I was pleasantly surprised to see my Father-in-law wearing Baby Brother-in-law in 1976. (My hubby didn’t come along until 1981.) For giggles, we put our 14 month old babe in the exact same carrier for a sweet moment of sentiment.

We have come a long way in the types of carriers we use and the functional means in which we use baby carriers. Back in the ‘70s, for the most part, babywearing was used as a way to get babies out and about, where a stroller couldn’t go. However, nowadays, parents are babywearing because we know how important it is for a mother and father to bond and connect with their baby. We use carriers to keep our babies close so that we can do things we need to, like go on a hike, or clean the house, dry your hair, cook dinner, or chase after the older children. Babywearing may have its ups and downs in popular culture, but it will stay dear in our hearts forever.

Sequoia Waves Review

By B

We recently received this gorgeous Didymos Sequoia Waves as a donation from Birdie’s Room. (Thanks!) The pattern of this wrap is absolutely stunning in an outdoor setting. The sun really plays up the subtle beauty of this versatile and neutral wrap.

The color is great because it’s Dad-friendly, but the varying shades keep it from being remotely blah. It’s really flattering for a lot of skin tones and would work with many wardrobe choices.

The weave of this wrap is more airy than some. This makes it a cool choice for hot weather. I still find it to be supportive for my 20 lb baby.

It is softer out of the box than some, not needing much breaking in. The more open weave does make it more prone to pulls/snags, but that same openness makes pulls easier to fix.

We have this in a size 4 (3.6 m), which I find to be a very versatile size. You can do a lot of carries without a lot of extra bulk, very nice for warm weather. This length and the thin fabric help Waves fold up fairly small for on the go. Just be careful if your diaper bag has velcro closures!

All in all, this is a beautiful wrap, thin and airy, terrific for hot day, but supportive enough for use year round.

 

Bamberoo Mei Tai Review

By HD

 

Bamberoo Mei Tai

Reviewed with child age: 16 months

The Bamberoo MT from the BWI Peoria library has the regular style body (which is a bit more structured than many other mei tai carriers) with extra long straps. For me, extra long straps are a big bonus since I prefer to be able to tie Tibetan (adding a chest strap).

Long straps give a few more tying options and a little more to your babywearing style! Long straps can also be helpful when parents have different body sizes. 

I wore this carrier to the farmer’s market, grocery shopping and on walks. My 16 month old felt even lighter than he does in a soft structured carrier (my usual carrier) and I could easily carry him long distances. 

Using a mei tai carrier is fairly easy to learn. With my 16 month old, I use a back carry and found that after a couple of uses I had the hip scooting and the tying down pat. The tying takes a bit more time than a buckle, so I would probably use something different for quick in and out trips, but for those mid length trips, the extra time is worth the comfort. Mei tais make it easy to get just the right amount closeness in your carry and are easily adjusted.

Bamberoo carriers come in a variety of colors and patterns. They also make soft structured carriers and wrap conversions. Custom work is available. They are in high demand, so start looking for yours soon!

http://www.bamberoobaby.com/

http://hyenacart.com/stores/Bamberoo/

Tip Tuesday- Breaking in Your Wrap

By KSC

This week we will talk about some of the ways to break in a new wrap.  Sometimes when we purchase a wrap new from a retailer the fabric is a bit stiff and more difficult to wrap with.  These are some tips to help soften the wrap more quickly.
The first thing you can do is wash your wrap according to the directions on the label.  For cotton wraps I usually wash on cold, for hemp or linen blends I will wash on warm or hot.  Silk and wool I hand wash.  I like to line dry my wraps to avoid any shrinkage but you can put your cotton in the dryer.  If you do line dry you can put your wrap in the dryer for some air dry time with some tennis balls, wool balls or I have even heard of people putting in their Crocs with the wrap.  I have never tried that last one.
After a wash the next best thing to do is to steam iron your wrap(do not steam iron your wool or silk wraps).  You may want to do this a few times to soften it up.
You can also try the “butt method”.  This is when you take the wrap with you and sit on it throughout the day, in the car, on the couch or even snuggle in bed with it.  Use it as blanket on the couch and let your little ones snuggle with it too.
An other method to get the kids involved is to make a hammock out of the wrap.
You can use the braiding method, where you braid and unbraid the wrap many times.
Or the pull through ring slings method, if you have a pair of those around.  You just place the fabric through the rings, hold onto one end of the fabric and pull it through the rings.  You must hold the two rings in your other hand while pulling the fabric through from one end to the other.
And finally the best method for breaking in your new wrap is to actually wrap with it, then steam iron it again!

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!