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Newborn Front Cross Carry | How to Wrap your Baby Video

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

 

Always wanted to use a wrap? Not quite sure how? This video gives you instructions on how to wrap a newborn front cross carry. You can do this with a woven wrap, such as a Dolcino, or a stretchy wrap like a Moby Wrap.

Rachel and Sarah are using a 4.6 meter Dolcino Stromboli Woven Wrap.

 

True Confessions of a Baby Wrap Rookie

Monday, December 12th, 2011

So, if you haven’t noticed by now I am a structured carrier kind of gal; a cranberry ERGObaby carrier to be exact. I have dabbled a bit with a ring sling, a Mei Tai, other structured carriers, and of course the Moby Wrap with a newborn with some success. However show me a long piece of woven fabric (ie- a woven wrap) and I was completely intimidated by it. I could appreciate how truly beautiful mamas and babies look in woven wraps, but didn’t think *I* could ever get the hang of it. But then this arrived in my mailbox one afternoon:

 

I was now the proud owner of a seriously GORGEOUS woven wrap; a 100% organic Dolcino in Stromboli to be exact. I guess that meant it was time for me to confront my wrap anxiety and learn something new! Thankfully my good friend Rachel, who is a jedi babywearing master, happen to be coming over later that same day. I eagerly showed her my new wrap and her purely excited response was contagious. She immediately said “let’s try it out!”.

So together we spent about a half hour playing with my new toy, er I mean my new wrap. She put her son in it; she helped me put my son in it. Meanwhile my house was filling up with the 20 other guests arriving for the pool party so we eventually had to put the wrap away and socialize. :) BUT we decided to meet again soon so she could teach me how to use the wrap more proficiently.

We actually video taped ourselves to share with you all! If you are interested in learning how to use a woven wrap with your little one, be sure to check back all this week for our wrap videos (not to be confused with rap videos, lol!).

Apparently, he's pretty excited about our new wrap!

Okay, so let me share a bit more with you about the Dolcino Woven Wrap. First of all, the colors are amazing! The rich gold, red, orange, and maroon tones remind me a of a perfectly crisp, sunny fall day where you stroll around enjoying the abundant beauty of Mother Nature. Coincidentally these are the colors I have decorated my house in, so I could honestly hang this wrap up as a decorative piece in my house…that’s how beautiful it is!

So besides the aesthetic value of it, let’s get down to function.  Dolcino is simply wonderful to touch! It’s super soft, yet slightly textured and feels really great against your skin. Also it looks like it would be a heavy piece of material due to the richness of the fabric but it’surprisingly light weight! It would be easy to tuck the wrap into a diaper bag or backpack to bring with you wherever you wanted. The medium size (4.60 x 0.70 Meters in length) is long enough to use for any variety of carries you wanted to do with it.

I was actually quite surprised by the versatility of a woven wrap. You can do front, back, and hip carries with all ages from newborn to preschooler. You could easily invest in this one carrier for all your babywearing needs. There is definitely a learning curve to using a woven wrap, however it’s not quite as difficult as I thought it would be. The Front Cross Carry only took a few attempts for me to learn how to comfortably and quickly wrap baby.  The other day I actually found myself reaching for my wrap instead of my beloved ERGObaby carrier which is a HUGE step for me.

9 month old Iz in the Front Cross Carry...I did it all by myself!!

The advanced carries such as the Rucksack or the Kangaroo Hip Carry definitely take more practice, but are not nearly as intimidating as they once were for me. In fact I really, really like the Rucksack and think it’s a perfect carry for a long hike. In fact I hope to have some lovely photos of me and baby hiking with our wrap to share with you all very soon! :)

Do you use a wrap with your baby? What carries are your favorites? How long did it take you to learn?

-Sarah

PS. Come back for fun wrap demonstration videos all this week!!

Top 5 Reasons I Love Babywearing

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Initially I stumbled upon babywearing as a great way to bond with baby. At first I was mostly focused on the benefits for baby however I quickly realized babywearing was equally beneficial for me. Here are my top 5 reasons I love babywearing:

1. Easy to enjoy nature with baby
Babywearing has allowed me the opportunity to continue living an active outdoor lifestyle. There are many hiking trails and outdoor locations I have enjoyed with my babies that using a stroller would not have been a feasible option. Ever try to push a stroller along a sandy beach? It’s almost impossible! However I have walked many sandy beach shores with my babies on my back. I am so grateful for our ERGObaby Carrier and all the amazing outdoor family adventures we’ve had with it!

2. Easy to do household chores with baby
Babies like to be held, but it is difficult to get household chores completed if your arms are busy holding baby. Babywearing is a perfect solution! It allows you to be “hands-free” in order to get chores done while baby is held close…everyone is happy! I really can’t imagine what my day would look like without babywearing. I can wash dishes, mop the floor, cook a meal, fold laundry, work in the yard/garden, and more all while baby is more than content to hang out with me in the Ergo.

3. Easy to get baby asleep anywhere, anytime
This benefit was made apparent to me more recently while at a BBQ. A friend with a baby the same age as mine was there with me. Our babies both got tired around the same time. Reluctantly my friend left the BBQ early to go home to put her baby to bed. I was able to stay knowing my tired baby would comfortably sleep in the Ergo and I could continue socializing. Getting a baby to sleep anytime, anywhere is especially nice when there are older children in the family because you are less able to plan your day around a nap schedule. Having a baby that can sleep at different events, functions, and/or locations is extremely helpful to accommodate the needs of older siblings while still meeting the sleep needs of your baby.

4. Easy to navigate crowds
Strollers can be very difficult to navigate through crowded areas such as at fairs, festivals, shopping areas, etc. Using a stroller might also require you to find alternative routes if there are stairs or bumpy terrain to navigate around. There have been many times I am thankful I don’t have to try to find an elevator or carry a stroller up the stairs because I am wearing my baby. One time I was visiting a small mountain town full of quirky and quaint little shops and cafes. The shops were not stroller-friendly in the least; they had rocky steps, tight corners, fragile displays, etc. But babywearing made it easy for me to explore the town fully and enjoy browsing the various shops.

5. Easy to soothe baby
When my second son was a newborn his favorite thing was to be wrapped in the Moby while I vacuumed. I think my floors were cleaner than ever during the first two months of his life due to all the vacuuming and babywearing. But it honestly was a 100% no-fail way to soothe him if he was fussy. Babywearing provides babies close physical contact, movement, and visual stimulation which often leads to a calm, content baby.

What do you enjoy about babywearing? What’s the most unique place you’ve worn your baby?

-Sarah

Check back tomorrow for a Fun Fall Recipe your kids are sure to love!

Sunday Funday Giveaway

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Moby Wrap in Sienna

Moby Wraps are my favorite carrier for wearing itty-bitty babies! They are super soft and made of a slightly stretchy material that perfectly molds to baby’s shape/position. Unsure how to use a Moby Wrap? Don’t worry! It comes with a step-by-step picture instructional booklet. It’s fairly easy to learn how to use a Moby Wrap; after practicing only a few times, you will be wrapping your baby like a pro! Are you expecting a little baby in your life soon? Or do you know a friend who is? Would you like to win a FREE Moby Wrap to use with your baby or to gift to a friend? Enter this week’s giveaway for a FREE Moby Wrap.
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My 3 Top Favorite Baby Carriers

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

2 week old in Moby

Navigating baby wearing can be somewhat overwhelming at first. There are so many great choices available it can be hard to know where to start. One thing to keep in mind is that a certain carrier might work well for a particular age, occasion, or need but as those things change so might the carrier you select. I have three carriers that I use on a regular basis; a wrap, a structured carrier, and a ring sling. I have tried others and enjoyed them, but always seem to go back to the following three:

Moby Wrap
This is my favorite carrier to use with a newborn. The stretchy fabric contours to the shape of baby and cuddles him/her extra close. I remember wearing my second son in the Moby and my older son being confused because he thought baby was back in utero! I have fond memories of lots of skin to skin time around the house in the Moby during the first few weeks of my babies’ lives. You can put baby in just his/her diaper and comfortably wear baby topless in the Moby. There is a bit of a learning curve to using a Moby Wrap. You may need to practice several times before getting the hang of it. One tip a friend gave me that I found very useful was to pre-wrap it around me before heading out the door. Then when I arrived at our destination I could baby right in and go.

A Moby can also make a nice maternity photo prop. Photo courtesy Jazmin V. Photography.

14 month old in Ergo

ERGObaby Carrier 
My ERGObaby Carrier is so essential to my everyday life that if I could select only ONE baby item to bring to a deserted island with me it would definitely be my ergo (second in line would be my cloth diapers). I usually switch from the Moby to the front in the ERGO around 12 weeks old depending on the size and trunk strength of baby. Once baby is about 5 months I alternate between the front and back carry depending on the situation. My ERGO goes everywhere with me. I love it for running errands because it’s super easy to pop baby in and out. When doing chores around the house, baby is usually napping on my back. I enjoy hiking with baby in the ERGO because it’s super light-weight, comfortable, and supportive. Use of the ERGO while traveling has been invaluable in getting through busy airports quickly and safely. The learning curve with the ERGO is super short. After practicing just a few times you will likely be able to use an ERGO with ease.

Ring Sling
I originally started using the ring sling because I wanted a “pretty” baby wearing option. I found a dress that I absolutely loved (and could nurse comfortably in) to wear to a friend’s wedding. I planned to bring my 4 month old with me to the wedding and knew I would need to wear him on and off throughout the night. As much as I love my ERGO, I wanted something ‘softer’ to wear with my dress. I experimented with using a Ring Sling and discovered that in addition to being beautiful they are also quite versatile. The learning curve is a bit longer and takes a little more practice, however ring slings are pretty forgiving. It is super easy to pop baby in and out of a ring sling. I also find it’s fairly easy to nurse baby in a ring sling. The other advantage I found was that in social situations a ring sling allows for baby to visually engage with the environment but still be close to mom.

4 month old sleeping in a ring sling

 

Each mom and baby will have their own favorite. It may take a little experimentation but the process can be a fun one! What baby carrier(s) do you prefer and why?

- Sarah