Saturday, May 29, 2010
1 DIY podaegi (& 1 out on loan) (about the podaegi)
2 DIY wraps
1 Moby D stretchy wrap
1 creamy patterned Maya Wrap- style ring sling (pattern)
1 black ring sling with silver metal rings, Sleeping Baby Production pattern
1 brown Hugamonkey sling (review upcoming)
Have you acquired any new carriers to add to your stash? Or do you have your eye on something in particular? :)
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Never participated in a twitter party before? It's easy! Just follow Jen ( @PrgAftrMiscar), and join the conversation by adding "#babywearing" to your tweets. By clicking on the #babywearing tag in any tweet, you'll be able to see all the other tweets in the chat. Jump in and ask a question... or answer one! It will be fun! :) I'm looking forward to it - you can follow me as well, @babywearingitup.
Friday, May 21, 2010
I don't think it really matters if you froggy the legs, or cross them, as long as you and baby are comfortable. I usually prefer to cross them, because it seems easier to hold feet together gently in one hand as I slide baby down from the burping position into the sling.
Love our ring sling!
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Friday, May 14, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Now, I have tried back carries with a stretchy wrap in the past with no disasters, and some babywearers do think it is fine. Many suggest that if you just get it tight enough it will be secure. I am not an expert at wrapping, but many more experienced babywearers than myself agree that it isn't safe... and, tellingly, the Moby website no longer has instructions for a back carry. My Moby manual has those instructions... but I hear that new manuals don't. Obviously if Moby is pulling those instructions, they no longer feel that this is a safe use for their product. Their product images haven't quite caught up yet, since that is an Amazon image on the upper left for a Moby D, but maybe eventually those will be gone too.
I have tried back carries with a Moby Wrap, and a Moby D (which has a non stretchy panel designed to help with heavier babies and with back carries- it helped a little but I still felt it wasn't snug or secure or not, especially after a short period, as it would still start to sag.) While you know I love the Moby Wrap, and the Moby D, I don't think either of them, or similar carriers, appropriate for a back carry.
Ok, so I admitted I'm not a wrapping expert... however, I was happy to find these great videos showing better wrapping skills, and showing the same issue. Big thanks to Beth of BabyEtte for tweeting a link to this page with the videos!
So, what do you think? Did I convince you? Or not? Have you ever tried a stretchy for a back carry?
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
For example, for that snuggly, wear-all-day, lightweight little newborn, I absolutely love my Moby Wrap*. It is comfortable, you can pop baby in and out for diaper changes, it is soft and snuggly, and it doesn't matter that it takes some tying because you're not taking it on and off a lot, it's staying on for a while.
But for a chunky 2 year old? Well, I could use it, but I wouldn't unless I had no other choice. Having that much weight on my front makes me feel like I'm going to topple over, for one. I know that some think that a stretchy wrap is safe for back carries- I'm sorry, but I cannot agree with that, and here's my post detailing why. For two, I feel that the Moby is just much more comfortable with a smaller baby, for me, that translates into under one. But for those first months, I think it is totally worth it's weight in gold, and the perfect carrier... for that time.
Later, I like a ring sling or pouch for errands (pop on, pop off!) and a ring sling for church (discrete nursing, comfy naps), and a mei tai or podaegi for walks, housework, yardwork, the county fair, etc.
Some carriers can "do it all"... but I would venture to guess that every carrier is ideal for a certain circumstance, and acceptable for others.
What do you think?
Do you have a 'one true love' carrier, or are you like me, unable to narrow it down?
*Amazon affiliate link.
Monday, May 10, 2010
I was curious about podaegis, so I decided to make one and see if I liked it. First, I made one with a narrower body, using this podaegi tutorial from Sew She Sews.
I chose for simplicity's sake not to use multiple fabrics for the outside, using instead a pretty decorator fabric for the exterior of the body, and lighter fabric for the inside. I used duck cloth for the straps. After it was finished, I was excited to play around with it!
At first I had trouble getting it right... the decorator fabric seemed too stiff, and the blanket seemed too narrow. Once I got the hang of it, it worked well, though. The back carry seemed even easier than a mei tai! Sadly, I didn't get any pictures of the narrow podaegi before I loaned it out, but here is one of my second try, which has a wider body. Not a really really wide one like the Jan Andrea pod (here), but definitely wider than the first. I think the narrow body design was harder to wear correctly... I am very comfortable doing a back carry with my mei tai, but it was a hassle getting the pod spread out when the body was so small. Also, the blanket part of a podaegi isn't weight bearing, so I used lighter weight fabric for the blanket the second time, which is easier to manage. The only thing I would change about my second podaegi would be the straps- I'd make them wider or pad them. They are about 3 1/2 inches wide and after about 20 minutes of a 30 lb toddler they begin to be a little less comfortable on the shoulders.
It does a front or back carry, goes on faster than a wrap or mei tai, and can be used either for my toddler (pictured to left) or my 10 month old. It is great for discreet nursing as well because it is so wide!
If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask and I'll do my best to answer them! This is a really fun carrier and I'm glad to have tried it... I think this one will definitely earn a favored place in my babywearing stash! :)
Some Podaegi links:
Podaegi sewalong on TBW (membership required to view, I think)
Making a Wrap-pod (combo between wrap and podaegi- the comfort of a wrap and the ease of a podaegi)
Quilted Podaegi Tutorial (narrow body size)
Wearing Instructions for Wide Podaegi (step by step, with photos!)
This podaegi blog has some great pictures and videos on podaegis
Where to Buy
The Korean Baby
Podaegi for Sale by Bella Slings on Etsy
If anyone knows of other sellers, please share!
(repost of a guest post, originally posted here)
Friday, May 7, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
I am not trying to dwell, babywearers, but I’d like to explain again why the Bjorn and similar carriers are just NOT the best choice! I know that the Bjorn is America’s most popular baby carrier, but that is truly thanks to the company’s massive advertising budget! The fact that practically every baby registry in every big box store (aka Target, Babies R Us, etc…) includes a Bjorn, Infantino, or Jeep baby carrier is a step in the right babywearing direction! But it is also negative progress since most Bjorn-wearing parents will give up babywearing after their baby hits double digits in weight. And why is that, friends? Because the “crotch dangling” baby carriers like the Snugli and the Infantino hold baby in a terribly awkward and uncomfortable position. The baby’s weight puts pressure directly onto a pivotal part of the body – the crotch! And whether a baby girl or a baby boy is being worn, this cannot be comfortable or ergonomic! Not only that, but I am convinced that the manufacturers of these crotch dangling baby carriers have actually never worn one of their own baby carriers! If the manufacturers behind the Bjorn had ever tried actually used their own Bjorn, I think that we would see a huge re-design in their line of carriers! The brains behind Baby Bjorn , Jeep, & Chicco would then experience for themselves the ill-fitting shoulder straps and the lack of back & shoulder support needed in a truly GREAT baby carrier!
My guess is that someone has pointed out to these business owners the ergonomic value of baby carriers like the BabyHawk or the Beco leading to the release of the Infantino’s own Mai Tei product, the Wrap ‘n Tie, and Bjorn’s “invention” of a Beco Gemini – esque carrier complete with a waistband, padded straps, & the quintessential Baby Bjorn front facing out capability. Here is what Bjorn has to say about their new Comfort Carrier:
BABYBJÖRN Comfort Carrier is an ergonomic baby carrier that provides the best possible support when carrying a bigger and older child for extended periods of time. The waist belt and the padded, adjustable shoulder straps distribute baby’s weight evenly onto your hips and shoulders. For extra comfort, the child can be carried using different leg positions and, as with all BABYBJÖRN Baby Carriers, you can carry your child facing inwards or outwards. BABYBJÖRN Comfort Carrier’s well-conceived design allows you to carry your child safely and close to you, and at the same time it’s hands-free.
Now, as a mom well versed in babywearing and the lingo of the babywearing world, I can see several key words that Bjorn is using to reel in babywearers previously critical of any carrier with the Bjorn label on it! ERGONOMIC, PADDED SHOULDER STRAPS, DISTRIBUTE BABY'S WEIGHT, HANDS-FREE. Baby Bjorn has obviously been doing their babywearing homework, and they have discovered what features are most important to us. However, this large manufacturer has made 1 very large error! They have priced this new ergonomic Bjorn at around $200 retail, and that is a BIG mistake! $200 could be spent on a gorgeous wrap conversion, a custom Mai Tei, or a legacy half buckle SSC that will go down in babywearing history! But $200 spent on a China-made, Beco/ Ergo wanna-be with a Baby Bjorn label and a BRUS store receipt? I don't think so, Baby Bjorn!
How can you fight back?
By promoting baby carriers that we know, trust, and deserve to carry your baby!
Wear your WAHM made baby carrier with pride!
Pass out business cards to your favorite mom-owned baby carrier shop!
Urge your mommy friends to register for a GREAT baby carrier instead of a mediocre one!
Let a new parent borrow your own baby carrier and give a quick tutorial so that they can have a GREAT experience with it!
Smile at Baby Bjorn wearing parents, and slyly say “Did you know there is a carrier even MORE comfortable than that one!?!”
And most importantly wear your baby with confidence: let the whole world know that you are a BABYWEARER!*happy babywearing*
Written by Jillian Davidsson, the PAXbaby mama. I am a busy, home schooling, stay at home mom of 5 kids, a babywearing advocate, and a baby carrier expert! I am proud to say that I have never worn a Bjorn - other than for the photo at the top of the post! My goal is to convert all new parents into babywearing parents, 1 sling at a time!