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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!

Moving When You Have a Baby

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

img_1851When you have a baby, moving is a whole new ball game. Without kids you pack as you can, listen to your music, take coffee breaks, and then enlist strong helpers to help you get the job done. You can then unpack everything and do things on your schedule and your terms.

When you have a baby, you find yourself packing frantically during naptimes, listening to lullabies, chugging coffee hoping to stay awake, and then waiting for someone to offer to help. Unpacking is a slow process that could take days or even weeks.

For my family, moving has been a part of our lives. My husband was in the Navy and we packed up and moved with a 1-month-old. We drove 12 hours away and moved to a strange place where we knew no one and he started his civilian career while I started my motherhood journey. My daughter Johanna just turned 4, and in her short life, she has lived in 6 houses and 3 states. Fortunately, my husband’s work has always helped with packing. Unpacking on the other hand has always been a struggle. Throw her 2-year-old brother in and we have chaos. Add my current third trimester pregnant self, and well, let’s just say we have a lot of disorganization currently.

However, mommas, there is hope. You can move with a baby successfully and live to tell the story. Here are some tips I have learned over the years.

Babywear

This seems like an easy suggestion, but I promise this will save you. When Levi was a few months old, we moved to a new house. Here I had a cranky little guy who just wanted to sleep and nurse. I wore him in my Tula and was able to pack boxes, do plenty of squats, and unpack when needed. He got his naps and nursed. I also used my Boba wrap when I wanted to be hands-free without the infant insert. I used this wrap to help me get any cleaning done in our new location and Levi was a happy camper.

Take the Help

I have been fortunate to have a super helpful support system each time we have moved. I have one good friend, Christina, who came over and entertained my then 2-year-old as we prepared to move. Buy your friend some coffee or chocolate. Don’t be afraid to get the help. If you can’t seem to focus, enlist a babysitter or trusted family member to take the little one for the day. Your baby won’t mind and you will be productive. Use professional movers if you have the funds and can. Do what’s best for your family.

Slow Down

This is hard for me, but just remember it will get all done. It’s okay if things don’t get in place right away. You are a mom. You have a little one to meet the needs of and that’s okay. For me, I had to set goals. Maybe focus on one room every couple days or maybe just focus on one box a day. It will get done and eventually you will be settled. Deep breaths. Don’t forget for self-care, too. Take breaks. Go get a treat. Sleep when you can. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself.

So mom, if you find yourself moving with a little one, just remember you can do it! I currently have a disorganized house and boxes to unpack. But, I think chocolate and Netflix with my little ones will win today.

Karyn Meyerhoff is a mom of 2 in Northeast Arkansas where she just moved.

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.

 

Taking Your Baby Everywhere You Go

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Taking Baby Everywhere You GoWhen my daughter was born, I never really thought about all of the places we would go. I remember eating at my favorite, quaint café in Southeast Georgia. My cousin was in town visiting our new addition and we had to go have salads, sandwiches, and scones. Johanna was a few weeks old asleep in her car seat, and my anxiety all of a sudden skyrocketed. What would I do if she cried in public? Would I be able to even eat and enjoy my food?

That’s when I realized that babies are really portable. Of course they go everywhere we go. We’re moms. For me, I’m a stay-at-home mom, so my kids definitely go everywhere I go. They’ve been on playdates, to church, to awkward doctor appointments, to the store, and everywhere else I’ve gone practically for the past couple years. Here are some tips for taking your baby everywhere.

Babywear. Just do it.

For me, the easiest way to take my babies places has been to babywear. My daughter lived in a Boba carrier. Babywearing allows your hands to be free and gives your baby the comfort of being so close to momma. For Levi, this has been a necessity. Taking a 2 year old places is hard sometimes, and she has to hold my hand, so, it’s important that my hands are free. (I mean who wants to carry those bulky car seats, anyway?) For Levi, my Tula has been the go-to carrier. He does not like to sit in the car seat throughout the grocery store. He needs to be held, so babywearing is the answer.

Be Prepared.

With kids, you have to be prepared. Have extra clothes. You never know when accidents will happen or a blowout will occur. Have snacks for older children. My daughter constantly needs Goldfish crackers or cereal snacks while we’re out and about. Bring toys. Levi is only 5 months old, and he already needs toys. I usually keep the same 3 or 4 small toys in my diaper bag and rotate them in and out. I’m convinced diaper bags can never be big enough.

Expect the Unexpected.

Yes, your baby will cry in public. Yes, he will get hungry and you may have to nurse during the sermon at church. Things happen. Rest assured when you dress your cute baby in a frilly white dress, a blowout will occur. It’s not the end of the world. Just try to relax and take things one moment at a time. For me, I have to just breathe deeply and remember I can handle whatever my day may hold. It may not be pretty, but I cannot control it all.

Ask for Help.

I always love when we go home to visit. This past Christmas I made plans to meet several friends and their little ones at McDonald’s play land. I made sure my best friend, Ali, was riding in my car. Two extra hands! She was there to help me transport my kids in the restaurant and entertain Johanna in case I needed to nurse or tend to Levi. Spouses, friends, family. It doesn’t matter who helps. Just don’t be afraid to ask. While you’re out in the grocery store, have your spouse take over the list while you take care of the baby. At a restaurant, take turns eating and allow each other to enjoy the food.

Babies are adorable, sweet creatures. You can take your baby anywhere, momma! Babies do cry. They do poop their diapers and get hungry. It’s okay. Just take care of your baby. If someone doesn’t like it, it’s their problem and chances are a gummy grin or adorable spit bubble will bring a smile to their face in the end.

Karyn Meyerhoff is a mom of two in Northeast Indiana. She takes her kids everywhere, but she does enjoy alone time, too.

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.