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Babywearing Bonanza

22 July 2008

For babywearing fans or fans-to-be, here is a link to a contest (thanks, Jenni!) to win an awesome babywearing stash* from Along for the Ride, an online babywearing vendor. I would love to win this contest but there’s only one entry per person and I get an extra entry for posting a link from my blog. If you want to help a mama out, you could always enter even if you don’t need it and “donate” it to me if you win. πŸ˜‰

IMG_0411And, for your general amusement, I have selflessly decided to share this picture of us from yesterday. I sent my BabyHawk & HappySling MeiTais* to Amanda to try out because they are too short for Keyven now and I’m anxiously awaiting the arrival of a new, taller one called a ToddlerHawk (which is really just a bigger BabyHawk… follow me?). In the mean time, I don’t have any carriers to put Keyven on my back as easily. I had previously attempted to do what is called a “ruck” carry with my Didymos wrap*, with very limited — okay, nonexistent success. The MeiTais make it so easy that I never tried again.

So, I decided to try now. After a few attempts and lots of patience from Keyven, I got him up, nice and snug, on my back. We went outside to do some chores (it was hot, that’s why he’s nekkid) and I was soooooooo proud of myself. Keyven was being quiet, enjoying the ride, and the wrap felt comfy. About a half hour later, I went inside. When I passed a mirror, I almost fell over in shock! The part that is up around his shoulders should be across his back and under his bum. I guess you’re supposed to reach back and check every once in a while. Or do this other carry called a “reinforced ruck” to keep this from happening. He was such a good little sport. He never fussed at all. Just trusted his mommy knew what she was doing. Ha! Next time, we’re definitely trying the extra-secure version. And maybe soon I’ll have pics to share of my little bambino in our fabulous new stash!

*Babywearing 101 Crash Course, Part 1:

Stash — the babywearing term for a collection of carriers; as in, “My stash is quickly outgrowing my shoe inventory.”

Mei Tai — an Asian baby carrier that consists of a panel and four straps; baby can be easily worn on the front, in the back or on the hip.

Wrap — aka SPOC (simple piece of cloth); it’s any piece of fabric – from a few feet to several meters – used to wrap baby up in a variety of carries: front, back, hips, low, high, for nursing, for twins, for toddlers; one of the most versatile carriers, but also the most daunting for beginners (IMHO).

The entry link: Win the Essential Babywearing Stash from Along for the Ride (one Beco Butterfly, one Hotsling baby pouch, one BabyHawk Mei Tai, one Zolowear Ring Sling, and one Gypsy Mama Wrap)

4 Comments leave one →
  1. .Bittersweet. (Aunt Night-Mere) permalink
    23 July 2008 07:45

    Yeah … he looks thrilled. LOL!

  2. 23 July 2008 15:50

    Really, he’s smiling under there. You just can’t see it. πŸ˜›

  3. 24 July 2008 11:28

    lol!!! those wrap back carries can be fun! yeah… twilli is is a pretty squirmy phase. so i haven’t done much back wrappin’ since we got our lovely new hopp at the bw conference.

  4. 24 July 2008 11:47

    I looked up the reinforced ruck and I think I’m going to need some help the first few times I practice that one. Eek.

    I wish I could have made it to the conference. 😦 Maybe next time!

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