Posts Tagged ‘soft structured carrier’

Baby Wearing Saved My Life

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

 

img_0547When my daughter was born, I purchased a Moby wrap. My family drove 12 hours to meet Johanna, and I had a huge breakdown. The Youtube videos didn’t help, and I was so far from anyone who could help. I just wanted to wear Johanna and go for a walk. When she turned 4 months old, I purchased a Boba soft structured carrier. Johanna lived in this carrier. We went to a Fort Wayne Komets hockey game and she slept through most of it. I was able to go grocery shopping without having an anxiety attack. Baby wearing saved my life, well my life as a mom.

Johanna loved the carrier, and then when I became pregnant with her little brother when she was 15 months old, we stopped. Although, over the past couple years, she has asked to be worn and I’ve gladly obliged.

When Levi was born, I wasn’t sure how to handle 2 little ones who still needing me so much. Johanna had just turned 2 and she still wanted to be held, all of the time. Levi hated his car seat and cried most of the time during those first couple months. Once again, babywearing saved my life.

I purchased a Tula with an infant insert, and Levi quickly grew to love being worn. I wore him at the park while I pushed the stroller with Johanna. The Tula was comfortable and the insert made it easy to wear him, even though he was a tiny little guy. We grocery shopped in the Tula. I wore him to bible study each week in the Tula and he quickly fell asleep after nursing. I had my hands free to chase my wiggly toddler and Levi was content the majority of the time.

img_1760At home, I used a Boba wrap with Levi. This wrap was soft, beautiful, and comfortable for us both. While Johanna napped, I would put Levi in the wrap and clean. On days when he fought sleep, which was often, he would nap in the wrap and I would get things done like cleaning or cooking. Baby wearing gave me back a clean house and home cooked meal.

On-the-go, baby wearing also saved me. We went on family trip to Cleveland when Levi was small. I was able to wear him on my back at the zoo and he could still see all of the animals from a safe distance. We have been to numerous St. Louis Cardinals games, and I have always worn my babies. Strollers are hard to maneuver in large crowds and heavy.

Now as I prepare for baby 3, I wonder how baby wearing will come to my rescue again. Johanna is 4 now and Levi just turned 2. I’m hoping he’s a fan of walking and holding my hand so I can wear my new little squish. I’ve already eyed a Lenny Lamb carrier that this baby needs next spring when he or she is a little older.  I look forward to getting out my Tula and Boba wrap and making new memories in them with this precious baby. How about you? Have you tried baby wearing? As a mom of multiple littles, I will say it can be a lifesaver. The hardest part? Choosing a carrier and convincing your husband you need it.

Karyn Meyerhoff is a mom of two–almost three–in Arkansas where she can’t wait to babywear again!

Caring for Your Tula

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Caring for Your TulaPicking a baby carrier can be a hard decision. For me, I have discovered that I am a bit finicky with my choices. I’ve had 2 kinds of wraps, a mei tai, and two soft-structured carriers through my 2 small children. When I think about having more babies, I think about getting a new carrier. So far, however, my favorite carrier has been my Tula.

Tula carriers come in Standard and Toddler sizes. I purchased a Standard in a blue chevron print, and I have loved it. I also have the infant insert to use before baby hits the 15 lb. range, and I used it all of the time when my little Levi was well, little.

Key Features

  • 15-45 lbs. weight capacity.
  • Front and back carry positioning.
  • Pocket for mom on the hip belt.
  • Hood to pull down over a sleeping baby.
  • Comfortable, doesn’t hurt your back, and amazingly easy to use!
  • So many adorable prints!

Mom’s Milk Boutique has even had their very own Tulas: Splash and Every Animal Has a Heart. There are so many cute designs to choose from. I have been eyeing a toddler Tula in “Carousel.”

When my son isn’t in my Tula, I keep it folded up in my car so it is always ready to use. I don’t put other items on top of it and I make sure to keep it free from dangling dirty feet in car seats. If I am going to be going to the store or somewhere where I need it handy, I often wear it and just buckle the top neck buckle.

As with most carriers, a Tula can be washed in your washing machine. I have never done this with mine, and if I do, it will be on a delicate, gentle cycle in cold water. Tula carriers cost around $150, so it is an investment you want to protect. It is nice to know this is an option, however, because babies are messy.

For me, the easiest way to care for my Tula is to simply spot clean. I have used a mild dish soap on the shoulder straps where babies have spit up on it. I would also recommend using a microfiber cloth to simply wipe it down after a sweaty baby has been worn for a long period of time.

Here are some good tips for caring for your Tula:

  • Buckle the buckles before washing.
  • Wash in cold water.
  • Use a gentle wash cycle on your washer.
  • Let it air dry or dry on very low.
  • Use detergent free of optical brighteners, such as a free and clear detergent.

Baby carriers are an investment, and my Tula is just that. I want to do what I can to make it last.

Karyn Meyerhoff lives, writes, and wears her babies in Northeast Indiana.

 

Caring For Your Beco

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-11-13 at 9.50.40 PMAdmit it. You got tired of having the baby pull your hair and handed him a snack. Those berries (drink, food pouch, crackers, distraction of your choice) seemed like a great idea at the time. You keep your hair, baby is happy, everybody wins! But then, baby comes down and you see it. Your beautiful carrier looks like it visited a cafeteria during a food fight. What to do?!

As with most carriers, you generally want to spot clean an SSC (Soft Structured Carrier) like a Beco. Use a mild detergent, cool water, and rub gently to clean any small stains that may arise. Hang or lay flat to dry and you’re good to go.

But what do you do when it’s more than just a bit of smushed food? What do you do when, say, baby has a blowout of all blowouts while riding inside her carrier, or when she soaks that diaper that you knew you should have changed, or when it slips to the floorboards of the car and becomes a target for muddy feet? Then, my friends, it’s time to actually wash your Beco.

Per Beco’s website, their advice is to “Wash on DELICATE/WARM cycle with a mild detergent. Hang dry in well ventilated area or tumble dry on low and remove when seams are still damp. Spot clean when needed. Do not wash frequently.”

So, should you need to toss your Beco in the wash, here’s what I recommend. Depending on the model of your Beco, remove any detachable hoods or pockets, unless they also need to be washed. Connect both the chest strap buckles and the hip belt, so that the buckles and straps are less likely to get caught during washing (especially if you have a standard top loader with agitator). For extra protection, toss your carrier into a pillow case and tie up the top before washing. No loose straps! Then add your carrier to your machine with a mild detergent, set to your most delicate cycle, and choose a warm water temperature. Close the lid, start the cycle, go find out what your kid has gotten into while you’ve been in the laundry room.

Once washed, I prefer to hang to dry. By keeping the chest clip buckled you can easily hang the carrier over a sturdy coat hanger. You can also lay the carrier flat to dry, but if you’re not using a drying rack of some sort, be sure to place it on a towel and flip it every so often so that it dries evenly. If you really need a quicker option, you can tumble dry your Beco on low or the air dry cycle. I recommend the pillow case again for this, to protect the buckles.

Then you go. You should have your Beco back to shiny condition, ready and waiting for that next stain to come its way. Cupcakes, anyone?

Kate Cunha is mom to a tall 3 year old that still needs to go up on occasion. Her toddler Beco is one of her favorite choices.

Back Carry Basics

Monday, August 31st, 2015

IMAG0620So you’ve been wearing your baby for a while now, are very comfortable with front carries and feel that you’re ready to move baby onto your back. Where do you begin?

First, unless you are an experienced baby wearer and experienced wrapper, back carries are typically only recommended once your child is 6 months or older and is able to sit independently. Since you have less visual connection with a child on your back, you want him to have the muscle tone that allows him to sit up straight without slouching. You must also only use carriers that are safe for back carries, such as woven wraps, buckle carriers, and mei tais. Stretchy wraps and water wraps/slings are not safe for back carries and should not be used. Stretchy wraps, such as a Moby, do not offer the support necessary and could allow baby to lean or fall. Water products are typically designed for front carry, water use only.

If your child and carrier meet those criteria, you can now begin to practice back carries. Always start by practicing with a spotter, someone to help you should you need it, and practice over a soft surface, such as your bed. You want to first get comfortable moving baby to your back in a safe environment before attempting to do so out and about. Practicing with experienced help, such as at a BWI meeting local to you is a great start, if possible. Another good idea is to practice moving a doll onto your back and into your carrier before trying with your baby.

There are a number of ways to get baby onto your back, and how you do it will part be up to preference and part due to the type of carrier you are using. Below I’ll link to a few good instructional videos that may help you with your particular carrier, but of course, this isn’t an all-inclusive list.

  • SSC – Soft Structured Carrier – Many moms prefer the hip scoot method of transferring baby, as it has more of a secure feel to it. Personally, I was always a fan of the superman toss before my daughter was old enough to just climb on up. If neither of those feel quite secure enough for you, try this method that involves always having the chest clip buckled for additional security.
  • Mei Tai – The hip scoot works just as well for a mei tai, or you can start out with baby on your front.
  • Woven Wrap – There are many ways to get your baby onto your back when using a woven wrap. You may prefer the hip scoot (again!), or the santa toss, or another version of superman. This video shows a number of examples.

You may notice that I did not include ring slings. While there are ways to use a ring sling for a back carry, they are only recommended for advanced wearers. Back carries with a ring sling are not for beginners.

Back carries can take a lot of practice to get comfortable with. As I mentioned, if you can meet with a babywearing educator at a BWI meeting or other babywearing meeting near you, that’s your best first step toward learning to back carry. Soon you’ll be on your way to a whole new world of babywearing!

Hip Scoot 

Superman Toss

Full Buckle Back Transfer

Kate Cunha lives in the Pacific NW with her husband and daughter. She is quite sure she doesn’t get it right all of the time.

The Top 5 Reasons Why I Love My Tula

Friday, March 27th, 2015

The Top 5 Reasons Why I Love My TulaWith my daughter, Johanna, I fell in love with baby wearing. I wore her constantly in my Boba soft structured carrier until I became pregnant with my son. The second time around, I wanted a carrier that was similar to my Boba, but one I could easily use from birth.

I found the Tula, soft structured standard baby carrier. Here are the top five reasons why I love my Tula.

#5 The Infant Insert

I ordered the infant insert for my Tula online and used that constantly with my son. He was almost 8 lbs. at birth and we needed it until he reached 15 lbs. and gained head control. The insert is soft and easy to use. It isn’t intimidating or awkward. It comes in a couple different colors. I opted for the black one. The standard carrier is recommended for 15-45 lbs. That’s awesome!

#4 So Comfortable

I have never been uncomfortable in my Tula carrier. For the first few months of my son Levi’s life, he lived in it. It was the only place he would sleep. At home, I would clean, do daily tasks, etc., with him snoozing away. I could easily bend, stretch, or do whatever I needed. The shoulder straps are wide and soft. We even ended up moving when Levi was 3 months old. The only way I got any packing done was with Levi in the Tula. It also comes with a pocket in the front for my keys or cell phone while we’re out and about.

#3 Easy, Easy, Easy

This carrier is so easy. It’s not some complicated puzzle to figure out. After reading the instructions a few times and watching a few youtube videos, just to make sure I got it, it has been a breeze. Like most carriers, once you get it, you got it. I am now comfortable popping Levi in and out of the carrier when we need to go into the store. It’s the only way I can put my 2 year old in the cart and tote my baby around. Baby sits easily in the M-position and you can rest assured the positioning is supportive of baby’s development.

#2 Fun Prints

The Tula carrier comes in so many fun, creative prints. Mom’s Milk Boutique even has their own exclusive Tula, “Splash!” I debated for several weeks on which print to get. I ended up getting the light blue chevron print. I get compliments on it often. It wipes clean easily when we get it dirty wearing it or Levi spits up. The Tula is machine washable, too. It’s so tempting to get another one when I see a new print.

#1 It makes baby wearing a breeze

I love baby wearing for so many reasons, but mainly because of the bond with my baby. It’s so comforting to him to be so close to mommy and my heart. It’s reassuring for my anxious soul to know that he won’t have a crying fit in the store, because he’s already in my arms. My husband has even worn Levi in the Tula.

I would recommend this carrier to any new or experienced mom. My next adventure is learning how to successfully nurse in the Tula. There are also Tula toddler carriers available. Check out the Tula!

Karyn Meyerhoff is a mom of 2 in Northeast Indiana. After baby 2, there is no way she could survive without baby wearing.