Posts Tagged ‘high quality’

Selecting a Soft Structured Babycarrier

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

20 month old Izzy in the BobaAIR

Babywearing has been around for centuries and spans across many different cultures. However there wasn’t always such¬†a wide variety of babycarriers available. These days there are sooo many babycarriers on the market, it can be¬†difficult for parents to select a carrier. Additionally¬†babycarriers range significantly in price thus adding to the confusion! Parents might wonder if a higher priced carrier is actually worth the cost. They may question if they are simply paying for the “brandname” by selecting a more expensive product.

While soft structured carriers might all look alike at first glance, there is often a BIG difference in the design! The design of a carrier is a KEY feature impacting the comfort and support a babycarrier provides. You want to be sure to select a carrier that is designed to properly support both you and baby.

There are many soft structured carriers such as the ERGObaby Carrier or the Beco Baby Carrier that¬†effectively support baby’s hips and spine. These baby carriers also distribute baby’s weight evenly across a caregiver’s body thus offering maximum comfort for both baby and caregiver. Keep in mind that babywearing should NOT hurt your back or shoulders!! If it does, your carrier is likely either 1)¬† not well designed or 2) not adjusted properly.

The benefits of babywearing are plentiful which means a babycarrier is something you are likely to use on a daily basis with your baby. Therefore it really is worthwhile to invest in a high quality babycarrier! Here is some basic criteria to consider:

  1. What position is baby in when carrier is in use? (note: Baby should NOT be “dangling” from their hips). When you look at pictures of babywearing through the ages, select a carrier that emulates similar positioning. There is a reason these types of carriers have been around for centuries…they are aligned with baby’s natural position and subsequent development.
  2. Are the straps comfortable and easy to adjust?
  3. Are my back and shoulders comfortable while wearing baby, even for prolonged periods of time?
  4. Is it relatively easy to get baby in and out of carrier?

Now, I know you might be thinking, but I have to purchase a babycarrier to know the answers to the above questions! While researching available options will definitely aid in the selection process, you might feel the need/desire to actually try a carrier before committing yourself to a babycarrier. Here are a few ideas to consider:

  • Borrow a carrier from a friend to experiment with before purchasing your own.
  • Check out Babywearing International for a local BWI chapter in your area. Often these groups have a lending library of babycarriers available to members. This is an awesome way to “try before you buy”!
  • See if¬†a local baby boutique in your area might offer a babywearing 101 class where you can get lots of great info, ask questions, and even try out different carriers.
  • Buy from a store that has excellent customer service and a reasonable return/exchange policy.

Happy Babywearing All!

-Sarah

Product Review: Sloomb Knit Wool Covers

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

I have been EAGER to try out¬†a Sloomb Knit Wool Cover by Sustainablebabyish ever since Mom’s Milk Boutique started carrying them earlier this year. After drooling over them endlessly on the website, I finally added one to my cloth diaper stash…isn’t it BEAUTIFUL!?!

Believe me, the picture doesn’t even do it justice…it is sooo lovely!

I¬†ordered a size medium in Capri (won’t that color be cute on a baby girl? ;) ). The medium is said to fit babies/toddlers ages 12 months to 28 months (or 22 to 30lbs). My 21 month old son weighs approximately 25lbs,¬†however he is a bit¬†on the leaner side. Therefor the medium Sloomb Knit Wool Cover has a little room left in it for him to grow. That is unless I put a super fluffy diaper underneath it. :) Right now I am using the cover primarily with my old skool one-size Mother-Ease fitted diapers with a snap-in liner (Side note: this fitted diaper rocks! It is super trim fitting!)

While¬†the Sloomb Knit Wool Cover has only been¬†in my stash a short time, it’s already gotten lots of lovin’! One thing¬†I¬†LOVE about wool is¬†that I can¬†use the same cover throughout the¬†entire day.¬†That overall¬†seems to¬†result in less laundry. Plus¬†wool is sooo easy to care for! Yep, that’s right…¬†Wool is EASY! I know, I know… many¬†families admire wool from afar but stay away thinking it’s too complicated.¬†However I assure you that it’s not! You will be a pro at caring for it in no time at all!

Wool is wonderful in so many ways and the Sloomb Wool Knit Covers are no exception. They do exactly what you want a high quality cloth diaper to do…contain the mess and keep baby dry, all while looking super duper cute! :) Plus I love how smooth and soft it is. This wool cover is much thicker than some of the¬†others in my stash, which makes it feel extra plush! The only downside is that it does take a LONG time to dry, but since I don’t have to wash it too frequently it ends up not being too big a deal. I also think a little extra lanolizing will help the cover repel more as well as absorb less water so that is definitely on my to-do list. :)

The only, only downside to wool for me is I am adamant that my son wears pants or shorts over it. Usually I am cool with him hanging out in just his diaper, but I am a bit less protective over my other cloth diapers than I am with my wool. I don’t want any paint, mud, tomato sauce, or the like on our wool covers!¬†My son¬†has a¬†tendency to take his clothes off (let’s face, what toddler doesn’t want to be nakie!) so I have to watch him extra¬†carefully when he’s in wool to make sure the clothes stay on or the messes are kept to a minimum (which is a bit of an oxymoron with kids, right?).

All in all sustainablebabyish makes a wicked awesome wool diaper cover. I am so happy to finally have one in my rotation and am quite pleased with how it has lived up to its reputation!

Do you have any Sloomb Knit Wool Covers in your stash? Would love to hear your thoughts!

-Sarah

Product Review: Episencial Sunny Sunscreen SPF 35

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

My family¬†spends A LOT of time outdoors so a high quality, water-resistant sunscreen is important to us. However I don’t want to use a sunscreen¬†that is loaded with¬†toxins and chemicals. Yuck! So this summer I’m using Episencial Sunny Sunscreen SPF 35¬†to protect my family’s skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays. Episencial’s Sunny Sunscreen is rated a 2 by the Environmental Working Group.¬†It’s free of ingredients I don’t want to use (ie- free of Additives, Parabens, Phenoxyethanol, Harsh Preservatives, EDTA, SLS, Synthetic Fragrances, and Phthalates) and full of natural ingredients such as organic sesame, safflower avocado oil, beeswax, aloe, organic shea butter, and organic green tea extract. Click on the video below for more information about why I like using Episencial Sunny Sunscreen SPF 35! :)

Use the coupon SUNSCREEN now through July 31, 2012 and save 10% on any Episencial product at Mom’s Milk Boutique!

Sarah