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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 Shannon’s Family!

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

I am excited to introduce you to Shannon’s awesome little family! Shannon is super witty, kind-hearted, talented, and beautiful…both inside and out. How do I know this about her? She’s my cousin! She’s that cool older cousin who lives far away that you only see once in a while as a kid…yet you always want to be like them because their life seems so fun and different from your own. I remember going to the bathroom at her house in rural upstate New York as a kid and looking out the window to see a huge cow staring directly at me. Stuff that like never happened in the ‘burbs of Chicago where I grew up.

Well now Shannon lives in Canada and is a mama to an incredibly cute baby girl. Read on to learn more about her family:

Who are the members of your family? Shannon (me), my husband Greg and our 5-1/2-month-old daughter Nora.

How did you meet your significant other? We met at a party in Brooklyn, over a bowl of chips. Neither of us really knew anyone. Greg wooed me by doing some Ukrainian dance moves (he did traditional dancing as a kid). I thought, “either this guy is really fun or a little nuts.” As it turns out he’s both.

What do you and your family like to do for recreation? With a five-month-old in the dead of a Toronto winter we tend to spend a lot of time at home, but we go on long walks in the city, go to coffee shops, and go out to brunch. I’m lucky to live in Canada, where I get a year of maternity leave, so I meet up with other moms and babies a couple times a week for “playdates.” Nora is very social and loves being out and about. We’re looking forward to her being old enough (and it being warm enough in Toronto) for biking, hiking, canoeing, and camping. And I anticipate a lot of family board game nights!

What is your favorite baby carrier and why? The Moby Wrap is my favorite because it’s so comfortable (for me and baby), feels very secure, is easy to pack for travel, and has full coverage, which is nice for cool and cold weather (though in winter I also use a carrier cover).

Describe your cloth diaper stash: We mainly use Cloth-eez Workhorse fitted diapers with Thirsties covers, and Flip diapers. We have a bunch of Bummis prefolds, but mainly use them to stuff Flip covers. We’ve got a few FuzziBunz Perfect Size diapers, too. I love how soft they are, and it’s really easy to get stains out of them.

What is the best and worst parenting advice you have ever been given? Best: Spend at least 30 minutes a day alone doing something you enjoy. I can’t say I always do this, but when I do, I’m a much better human being. Worst: There’s no reason to breastfeed past three months.

What has been your toughest challenge as a mom so far? Hands down, staying level-headed and positive in the face of sleep deprivation. Before having a baby I knew that newborns are up at all hours and I was perfectly happy to go a few months without regular sleep. I didn’t realize I may not get a full night’s sleep for one or two years! (If it’s longer, don’t tell me. I don’t want to know!) I just try to remember that it will pass, and to appreciate all the cool things about this time.

What are some of your favorite “me” time indulgences? I like to make myself a big breakfast most days. It feels luxurious to whip up an omelet, smoothie and a soy latte during naptime. (Another perk of long maternity leave!) My biggest indulgence is probably a full-body massage once a month, and my get-togethers with other moms keep me sane. I’m anticipating my first girls’ night soon, now that bedtime is becoming fairly predictable!

And one last pic of Shannon just because it’s one of my recent faves! On the mic is Shannon with her sweet baby belly singing at her sister’s wedding. Check out that amazing smile! Oh and the guy jamming the guitar is her brother. They are kind of a musical family…unfortunately none of that talent was passed this way in the gene pool. 😉

Shannon we hope you enjoy your upcoming first girl’s night out and that it goes smoothly for all! 🙂

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 Bonnie’s Family

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Last week you met Bonnie, co-owner of Mom’s Milk Boutique. Well this week I would like to introduce you to another Bonnie. She is a mama to FIVE awesome kiddoes!! Her and her hubby are getting ready to celebrate their ONE YEAR anniversary this Valentine’s Day. Read on to learn more about Bonnie and her family (and check out her super cool breastfeeding photo!):

Whats your favorite MMB product?
My favorite? There are so many wonderful products. I would have to say my favorite are the Swaddlebees Simplex 2.0. I love the cute prints. I had ordered two and fell in love with them…so I ordered three more. 🙂

Who are the members of your family?
Well there is me of course 😉 My wonderful husband that I married last Valentine’s Day. In addition to marrying me, he accepted the role of being Dad to my older 4 children.  My oldest  daughter is Serenity she is 12 going on 20! (lol, scary how fast they grow!). I have  2 boys  close in age; Brendan is 10 and Virgil is 8. They are very active  little boys! Next is my little “princess” Kaitlin, age 5.  And my youngest and  newest addition is Skyler, he just turned 7 months. 🙂


What’s your favorite carrier and why?
I have tried the Moby Wrap which I do like but I have had an issue problem with due to the strength in my arms. I find that the fabric is too long for me to handle. My favorite that works well for us right now is the Boba carrier. I love it…especially now that Skyler is older the back carry works out great! Not to mention I love the prints selection. We have the Kangaroo print.


Decsribe your cloth diaper stash:
My diaper stash consists of a lot of different types; I had never heard of cloth diapering when my older 4 children were born (except how my mom used to do cloth diaper us lol), so when I started to learn about it while I was pregnant with my last child I was overwhelmed. I had no idea what I was doing or what to do buy. I ended up buying a few Fuzzibunz which I liked. Then I bought some Bumgenius.  Now that he’s here and is my last baby, I want to try everything!  So my stash now includes: Fuzzibunz, Bumgenius, Thirsties, Grovia, Blueberry, Swaddlebees, and a cover with some prefolds. My next venture is wool…

What goals does your family have over the next year or two?
Our biggest goal for my husband and I is to get our new company off on the right foot and make it a success so that we can buy a bigger home for our large family.

What are some of your “me” time indulgences?
Being a mommy of 5 really doesn’t give me much time to have any “me time” but I definitely love being able to take a hot bath without anyone knocking on the door or yelling out my name…which doesn’t happen often though. 🙂 Another is when a quick nap is able to happen..

Whats your number one secret to stretching a dollar?
It would have to be shopping at the Dollartree. Not all their items are a good but they do have a lot of name brand items that end up saving us money.

Thanks Bonnie for sharing your family with us! We wish you and hubby the very best as you build your business to support your family!

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

 

Fan Photo Friday: Newborn Babywearing

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Okay, brace yourself for some super sweet newborn babywearing photos! Here goes…

Meet 3 week old Emmalyn out cold in her Moby Wrap…what a little snugglebug!

Meet baby Elizabeth. This was her daddy’s first time wearing her and he wasn’t quite sure how to use the carrier. He has plenty of practice since then and is now a pro.

Here is another of photo Elizabeth (such a little cutie pie!) with her mommy the first time they went shopping together. Mommy learned that shopping with a toddler and a baby wasn’t as scary as she thought thanks to babywearing.

Meet Maddox (LOVE the name!). His daddy is a pilot and away frequently, so his mommy has to get creative in order to take photos of both of them together -such as capturing their reflection in the door after walking the dog.

Meet Jordan’s son. Jordan needed to wash the dishes and baby wanted to snuggle close to mama…back carry in a wrap provided the perfect solution. He looks pretty comfy and cozy to me. And check out his mama’s bright smile and adorable dimple….you almost can’t help but smile back, right?

Meet one month old Gavin sound asleep in his Moby Wrap while his family enjoyed a day at Castle Park. I can’t imagine a better way for a one month old to spend a day at a park than tummy to tummy with his mama! Another bonus is his mama was hands-free and able to easily care for older siblings.

Meet one month old Nathan. This picture is especially near and dear to his mama’s heart because it was the first time she ever wore him. Nathan had colic and mom reports that the discovery of babywearing changed her life!

Meet two week old Peyton in her home made Mei Tai made out of daddy’s uniform top…I’m pretty sure you said “awwww!” just now. What a super special carrier to wear your baby in, huh?

Meet baby Cora in her Boba 3G. This photo clearly exemplifies the proper babywearing position described as ‘where you can easily kiss the top of baby’s head”. I’m willing to bet baby Cora got a smooch from her mama shortly after this photo was snapped.

Meet 4 week old Logan in his Moby Wrap at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Such a gorgeous photo for a number of reasons. I especially love how well coordinated mama’s outfit is with their Moby Wrap. Lookin’ good mama!

Meet Bri’s daughter. Here she is at 12 days old enjoying story time at the library with her big sister.

Another awesome picture of Bri’s daughter at 2 months old being worn by her 75 year old great aunt. This picture warms my heart to no avail. Seriously love this one! Something about seeing the young and old connected heart to heart is simply delightful.

And one more of Bri’s daughter at 2 months old in the kitchen with daddy. What a lucky little baby to be worn by so many loved ones! 🙂

Lastly here’s my 6 week old Abraham on his very first hike. Cannot imagine our lives without babywearing…from household chores to recreational activities, babywearing has been my saving grace and top mothering tool throughout!

A BIG thank you to all this week’s participants.

Each of you will get 25 MILK MILES to thank you for sharing your babywearing photos with us!

Ready for next week’s Fan Photo Friday assignment? Let’s see some photos of your baby’s first food experiences. You know the photos I’m talking about…where they have spaghetti noodles stuck on their head, bodies completely covered in red sauce, and a big ol’ proud smile on their face. Send your Baby’s First Foods picture to sarah@momsmilkboutique.com by Thursday, May 31 and include any information you want shared such as age of baby, type of food, their reaction to the experience, etc.  Then check back on Friday, June 1 to see some seriously messy baby faces! The winner will be awarded 25 MILK MILES!

-Sarah

Front Cross Carry | How to Wrap your Baby Video

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Learning to use your new wrap? There are many different carries you can do depending on the age and type of your wrap.

This video gives you instructions on how to wrap a front cross carry. This carry is a very simple wrap that is great for beginners! You can use this carry for basically any age of baby as long as it is comfortable for you. It is also a great carry to tie before you go on your errands as you can just “pop” your baby into the wrap (as demonstrated in the video) when you arrive at your destination.

You can do this with a woven wrap, such as a Dolcino, or a stretchy wrap like a Moby Wrap. If you are using a stretchy wrap, you may have to wrap the carry a bit tighter as the wrap will “give” a bit. Also, with a stretchy wrap, if you have a large baby (not a newborn) you may not be as comfortable with this carry as the wrap will not be as supportive as a woven wrap.

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