Posts Tagged ‘baby carrier’

My Pregnancy: Week 17

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

We were first pregnant in the spring of 2011. Just the other evening hubby and I were noticing a few things that have changed in such a short period of time. These musings are not so much an all-encompassing list of trends so much as a reminder to you, mama—the parenting world is always coming up with some new gadget, technology, or trend. Whether you buy into the newest thing or pass it by, know your awesomeness is timeless.

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Baby gear is getting cooler; it is also becoming more fantastical. There are pack ‘n plays that open with the touch of a single button. I find this entirely unnecessary, but I am impressed by the cool new swings that now swivel and move in a circular motion, among other things. The baby rocker has been all the rage lately, many touting the Rock ‘n Play to be the sleep solution for those babes particularly eager to fight his or her zzzz’s. We’ll probably keep our old-style swing that goes just one way (and turns into a vibrating-optional bouncer!), but I may or may not have spent an hour looking at the reviews and picking out which model I prefer in the new rocker.

The mini-crib and bassinet have gotten a few updates, making some models more co-sleeping friendly than just a few years ago. For example, swivel sleeper designs are getting a big push in mommy circles. As I’ve had two C-sections and will soon have another, this design is enticing but we’re opting to save our pennies (a lot of them) by using what we already have. I could justify buying into a few of these new updates but turns out timeless classics, like the old-school swing, are timeless for a reason.

My Pregnancy Week 17Gender Reveal Parties

I’m going to go out on a limb and just say I don’t quite get the practice of “gender reveals,” or more accurately, sex reveal announcements and parties. I think my observation here is how trendy having a baby has become. In random daydreams I wonder if the baby industry saw how lucrative the wedding industry was and found a way to amplify everything. Then social media magnified things even more. Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited to hear someone else’s exciting news, but I also think this intensified anticipation about baby-ness contributes to the intensity of being pregnant.

After we found out the sex of each child, we called our parents and then texted or emailed our siblings and a few friends. That is way less stressful and low-key to me than a party, a photo shoot, or being surprised in front of a lot of people.  This may mostly reflect my style. I’m more introverted and subtle when it comes to my personal life (not so much when it comes to, for example, social justice issues). Whether the doctor tells me or I cut a cake, whether it’s at 14, 20, or 40 weeks—in all of the scenarios it’s an exciting, surprising moment.

We all have different ways of communicating things, and I appreciate that others enjoy the creativity and planning involved in sex reveal announcements.  Some have waited so long to be expecting that everything is worth celebrating! Continue on! It is, though, one example of how babies have become a trendy, share-worthy business lately.

Babywearing

Other eco-friendly, attachment parenting, what-have-you “trends,” like cloth diapering, might also fit into this category. I remember I was the first with a Moby, Baby Bjorn still only had the original, slim-seated model, and many of the popular brands—like Boba, Beco, and Ergo—had only their most basic styles. Tula was just a city in Russia. Baby wearing and other such things are more mainstream, seen much more often (though this may not be the case everywhere).  This last trend is one I’m definitely on board with!

Annie is a mom of a two- and three-year-old who finally is enjoying the full spectrum of food again. Hurrah and huzzah!

Jumperoo Blues

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Jumperoo BluesWhen my daughter turned 4 months old, we were excited to get her a big, interactive toy. On the advice of family’s advice, we purchased a jumperoo online. When it arrived, it was overwhelming. Most of the time my daughter spent flailing about in tears and frustration. My daughter was constantly irritated that she could not hold the blue elephant and usually, the catchy music only entertained her for so long.

Why are jumperoos harmful?

According to the Children’s Hospital of San Diego, “Baby jumpers…promote movement patterns that are not useful in normal development including tiptoe standing and fast uncontrolled movements. The exercise that your baby gets does not promote the development of trunk and leg control or the balance needed for walking. Additionally, it may limit time your baby spends on his tummy developing the valuable skills for crawling.”

Could all of the time my daughter spent in her jumperoo have caused her to be a late crawler? Look anything up about the harm a jumperoo could cause and you will see things about hip displacement, spinal problems, and other issues. Babies should not spend long, extended periods of time in jumperoos.

Failure to follow the instruction manual closely can also be a danger to baby. Baby’s feet should not dangle, but instead should just be touching the floor. Babies should not use jumperoos without having proper head control, either. When I looked up my daughter’s jumperoo online, it showed the age range for 1 month and up. I can’t imagine putting an infant that small in a jumperoo. My daughter wasn’t ready for hers at 4 months of age.

Be Smart and Make Your Choice

If you do decide to let your baby use a jumperoo, remember to use good common sense. A baby should not be left unattended in toys like this. If you’re looking for a way to keep baby happy while you do chores, eat, or just get a break, try baby wearing. A good baby carrier costs less than most of these things anyway, and you’ll get a lot more use out of it.

It’s always wise to also discuss any concerns you have with your pediatrician. With any toy, do your research and make the decision that is best for you and your family. I do know that I will hesitate before putting my next child in one, knowing what I know now.

Karyn Meyerhoff lives and writes in Northeast Indiana. She loves new toys that entertain her daughter, but she also enjoys learning things she didn’t know about them.

Finding the Perfect Baby Carrier for a Bigger Baby

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Babies come in all sizes. I was blessed with a tiny little 6 lb 15 oz little girl. I have friends who have been blessed with beautiful 9 lb babies at birth. No matter what the size, they are a blessing.  Baby wearing is becoming more popular, and quite frankly, it’s just easier!174

When you have an infant, it’s much easier to pop them into a carrier then drag out a bulky stroller. Babies feel more secure right next to momma, so make it easy. What if you are blessed with a bigger baby? Which baby carriers are best for your back? Which carriers are the most comfortable for baby? Here are a few I would recommend.

  1. Boba Soft Structured Carriers: These carriers are just amazing. I purchased a Boba 3G when my daughter was 3 months old, and we still use it. (She’s 17 months old!) This carrier is very structured and comes with storage compartments. It has a place for your cell phone or keys. It’s a longer carrier, so it’s ideal for a taller mom or a longer baby. The carrier features soft shoulder straps that are easy to adjust, making it very comfortable and easy to use. My daughter was in my Boba every time I went to the store for months, especially around 3-6 months. I didn’t have to worry about her getting squirmy in her infant seat. She was right by my side. I have worn this carrier at a professional baseball game with no discomfort or back pain. The weight requirements are 7-45 lbs. It retails for around $125.
  2. Baby Hawk Mei Teis: These carriers work great, as well. My good friend has had three bigger babies, and she has used this carrier with each one. This carrier features a few different options for how you tie it to make it comfortable for mom. The baby’s weight is well distributed in the front carry, because you can tie the soft strap behind baby’s back. I have worn this carrier with my daughter and it always felt very secure. The weight requirements for this carrier are newborn to 40 lbs. It retails for around $95
  3. Moby Wraps: These are such popular wraps. The Moby is a long piece of fabric that can be manipulated in several different ways to do different holds. The fabric is stretchy and sturdy. I wore my daughter in a Moby for a long period of time with no discomfort. While I do prefer a structured carrier, if you are going to use a wrap, I recommend a Moby. The weight requirements are 8-35 lbs. These retail for around $50.

No matter how big your baby is, you can find a carrier that is right for you. Find one that is comfortable for baby and for you, momma. Enjoy the bond and the ease of baby wearing!

Karyn Meyerhoff is a baby-wearing lover. She plans on getting a new carrier with baby 2 and still uses her Boba with her first baby. 

Friday Family Spotlight: Meet Andrea’s Family

Friday, February 15th, 2013

I am excited to introduce you to Andrea and her awesome family of four! I love hearing stories like theirs; couples who grew up together, go on to get married, and eventually raise a family together…so sweet and inspiring! Also Andrea’s favorite quote might be one of my new favorites! Read on to learn more about Andrea and her family:

Who are the members of your family? Andrea (me), my husband Joel, and our 2 daughters, Tessa, age 2.5 and Nora, age 6 months.

How did you meet your significant other? We first met playing t-ball and grew up together in school. We started dating after being in Marching band together during his freshman year of high school. He played the quads, I played the bass drum in the drumline.

What do you and your family like to do for recreation? We are a very athletic family. We love to play sports, watch sports, and be outdoors. We enjoy camping, walks, and playing outside.

What is your favorite Mom’s Milk Boutique Product? I have so many. I started at MMB with just a few diapers. I now own what feels like half the store. I love the Ergo, Lactasties, CJ’s BUTTer, MotherLove diaper rash cream. I’ve recently starting using fitted diapers and I really like the Kissaluvs. Of course, my newborn stash was one of my favorites to build because they are just so cute and small.

What is your favorite baby carrier and why? I love my Ergo. It is very sturdy and tough, it’s been through different kinds of weather and other wear and tear and holds up very nicely. It’s easy for both my husband and I to use on either of our children and they are safe, secure, and happy in it.

What goals do you have for your family in the next year or two? Start a garden this spring, hopefully have a 3rd child, continue with our Dave Ramsey debt snowball payoffs.

Describe your daily routine: I get up at 4, pump, shower, get ready, and leave for work by 6:15. My husband gets the kids up, drops them off at daycare, and comes home to pick up the house. He leaves for work at 11:45. I get off at 3:30, work out, go home to start dinner, pick up the girls from daycare and serve dinner. Then we do bathtime, get the girls ready for bed and my husband gets home at 8, just in time to help tuck the girls in and get them asleep.

What has been your toughest challenge as a mom so far? Meeting the needs of everyone. It’s important for me to be a good, attentive mother, but I also don’t want to lose my identity as a wife or myself. Balancing all those simultaneously is tricky.

What are some of your favorite “me” time indulgences? I love to go wander around Target. I also love (and miss) coffee dates with old friends.

What is one of your favorite quotes? Be here to bless, not impress.

Thanks Andrea for sharing your family with us! I am excited for your plans to grow both a spring garden and a 3rd baby, lol! Wishing you the very best on both accounts. :)

Would you like to have your family featured in a Friday Family Spotlight AND win a FREE $10 gift certificate to Mom’s Milk Boutique for your participation? If so email sarah@momsmilkboutique.com with the subject line “Friday Family Spotlight Inquiry” and share something interesting about your family in your email message.

Happy Friday Everyone!!

-Sarah

Friday Family Spotlight: Meet Karyn’s Family

Friday, January 25th, 2013

I am excited to introduce you Karyn and her family! Read on to learn more about one of our happy Mom’s Milk Boutique costumers:

Who are the members of your family? My family consists of: James, myself, our daughter Johanna Grace. We also have some dogs and cats: Janie Mae, Annabelle, Kate & Miley

How did you meet your significant other? My husband James and I met in a mutual friend’s wedding. He was a groomsmen, and I was a bridesmaid. Our friends paired us up to walk together.

What is your favorite Mom’s Milk Boutique Product? My favorite product is the CJ’s Butter stick. It works great for any diaper rash or irritation on my little girl, and it comes in fun scents. Our favorite is “Monkey Farts.” It smells like bananas!

What is your favorite baby carrier and why? My favorite carrier is the Boba 3G. It is so easy to get Johanna in and out of. This is the only carrier I have tried that she truly loves to be in. We got the cute kangaroo print carrier. It is super comfortable and doesn’t hurt my back. Best investment ever!

Describe your cloth diaper stash: We have a few different brands. We use Thirsties, Grovia, Bum Genius, & Bottombumpers. All of Johanna’s diapers are bright, fun colors. Of course, she looks adorable in them.

What has been your toughest challenge as a mom so far? I would say my toughest challenge has been giving up the idea that I can do it all. I tend to be a perfectionist, and I have had to learn that there will be days when the floor doesn’t get mopped. Also, I have had to learn that being a mom means that you have to be flexible. Sometimes you have a fussy baby who smells like spit-up. It happens to everyone, but in the end, you wouldn’t change a thing.

What are some of your favorite “me” time indulgences? Definitely Starbucks! I love my coffee. I also like to read, exercise, and watch movies with James.

What is one of your favorite quotes? “Always look for the sunshine after the rain.” Not sure who said that, but I’ve always liked it. Things will always look-up.

Thanks Karyn for sharing your lovely family with us!!

Would you like to have your family featured in a Friday Family Spotlight AND win a FREE $10 gift certificate to Mom’s Milk Boutique for your participation? If so email sarah@momsmilkboutique.com with the subject line “Friday Family Spotlight Inquiry” and share something interesting about your family in your email message.

Happy Friday Everyone!!

-Sarah