Tag: baby slings

Our 6 favorite baby carriers and slings, in honor of International Babywearing Month

October is my favorite month, because: hot cider, changing leaves, and sweater weather. And let’s go ahead and add International Babywearing Month to that list of loves too. As a new mom, I had plenty of unwelcome advice from strangers to not “spoil” my babies by holding them too much (which, if you were wondering, is not a real thing), but I just let that roll right off my back. Keeping them close to me was a huge comfort to us both, and sometimes, even now, I miss those months of snuggling all day long. So, in honor of babywearers everywhere, we...

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4 seriously stylish new baby carriers we love in honor of National Babywearing Week

Today is the last day of International Babywearing Week, so we thought we’d put together some of our favorite new stylish baby carriers carriers for you all. But it’s not like we need a pseudo-holiday to remind us what a lifesaver a baby carrier can be, whatever the reason you use it — attachment, convenience, going hands-free, carefully concealing that postpartum gut. (Ha.) Plus you can get more of that delicious new baby smell, on demand. Personally, I love using a carrier for naps on-the-go and having a hands-free option while I get meals ready, and even as a way to go the bathroom without having to having...

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Wearing your baby with even more style, thanks to 4 cool baby carriers.

One of the main reasons I always loved babywearing — besides having both hands free, which is the clear winner — is that cool baby carriers can be a stylish way for new moms to accessorize, especially when we’re not always feeling so fabulous in our regular clothes.  So we went looking for some cool baby carriers to help dress up the new mamas out there, and we’re loving four fun, stylish options we found. They’re great for those of you with newborns or a shower on your calendar. Related: The best baby slings and carriers in honor of National...

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Rockin’ Baby Slings, relaunched, and giving back big time

We’ve loved Rockin’ Baby Slings ever since they started rockin’ the baby sling world with their simple, stylish designs that are great for even beginners. And now they’re doing it again with a gorgeous new line of fabrics for their ring slings and pouches, along with a brand new commitment to helping mothers in Haiti. Thanks to their Mother to Mother Initiative, any sling you buy means another will be donated to a Haitian mother in need. Baby slings can actually be the difference of life and death there, where a mother needs to carry her child along to find...

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Baby sun protection? Reader Q&A

I just had my fifth baby a couple weeks ago and need some ideas for baby sun protection. Could you tell me some of your favorite products for making it easier and safer to be out in the sun with a very young infant? -Kim Congratulations on the birth of your baby! Number five no less. The cool thing is, there are a lot of great new products out there for you, even since your first was born. Here are a few picks to help keep your babe safer in the sun. –Christina I got to try out the GoCrib...

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The best baby carrier for a new parent (who’s new to baby carriers)

One of the most frequent questions I’m asked by pregnant friends is what is the best baby carrier to get. Okay, so not everyone is going to want a hundred million carriers (as I have apparently needed over the years, ahem), but it’s still tricky for me to pick just one. My favorite answer for mamas looking to carry newborns, though, is a stretchy, comfy wrap that’s easy to use, like the Baby K’Tan carrier. Especially now that they’ve got a great new carrier available. Designed to have all the flexibility and comfort of a typical stretchy wrap, it’s...

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DIY Babywearing Halloween costumes for new parents: Sling or treat!

Yes, there may be a tiny person attached to you at all times. But this month, if you’re creative or crafty, that could mean some amazing DIY babywearing Halloween costume opportunities, just for mamas (or dads!) with slings. So grab a sling, grab a baby. Whether you’re using a pouch, a mei tai, or a soft structured carrier, here are some great ideas for a parent-baby costume that will keep everyone happy–and get some laughs.   1. DIY Star Wars Costumes Follow in the big, booted footsteps of the fearless Darth Vader nursing a little Princess Leah from the D.A.D...

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The Nordic Carrier – Well played, baby-snuggling Vikings.

There’s a hot new baby carrier that just might exceed all your baby carrying dreams. Except for the one where you’re carrying a baby while riding a magical unicorn with Ashton Kutcher. It’s called the Nordic Carrier, made by our friends at Lillebaby. And it’s got the same multi-tasking, simply elegant design that we’ve come to expect from the mighty Vikings, inventors of Ikea and Swedish meatballs. First of all, the sturdy Nordic Carrier is made to work in six different carrying positions, including front, back, and hip. Your baby can face inward or outward, and the seat can...

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5 new mom must-haves

The more kids I add to my brood, the more aware I am of what I absolutely do not need as a mom. But more so, I’m now completely convinced of what I can’t live without. This is the kind of thing I wish someone had shared with me waaaay back when I spent too many hours creating a baby registry full of useless crap – like that darn $50 baby positioner. And don’t expect the store registry lists to be honest with you about not needing a moses basket and a bassinet and a co-sleeper. With that in...

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Rockin’ deals on Rockin’ Baby Slings

I more than happily paid full price for my Rockin’ Baby Sling, and considering I wore it almost every day for six months with two out of my three kids, it was well worth it. But they’re currently selling all their stock for an exciting relaunch early next year, which means you can score amazing deals on one for yourself. There’s a reason why these were both Liz and my all time favorite sling, in particular their rockin’ baby pouch, which features gorgeous fabrics and a super smart zipper system that makes it adjustable without having to deal with a sometimes...

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A shout-out to the liger of the babywearing world

Fun fact: when you combine a male lion and a tigress, you get a liger. It’s weird, it’s cute, it likes to swim, some people believe it has magical powers. It’s also the biggest cat alive, often growing to the size of both parents combined. That’s the kind of power packed by the half-buckle carrier, a mix of mei tai and soft structured carrier. (Yes, I’m the resident baby carrier geek.) And if you’re looking for a liger of your own, I suggest Baby So Smart. Baby So Smart. is a woman-run company offering hand-made baby carriers from lush,...

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Easy Summer Travel Week pick: Beco Baby Carrier

Remember, today is the last day to enter to win ALL of the travel items seen here and on Pregnancy + Newborn Magazine this week! Strollers are great, except when you try to maneuver one through throngs of tourists or push one along a sandy beach. For those times, smart mamas know using a great baby carrier instead can be a lifesaver. And you won’t have to apologize for the 25th time for running into a sightseer’s ankles. [see the amazing giveaway after the jump] The Beco Baby Carrier is just the kind of carrier I would use if my...

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Diehard Bjornies, rejoice

No matter how you feel about babywearing, one thing is certain: The BabyBjorn is a very popular carrier. From the shelves of Babies R Us to the celebrity pages of US Weekly, Bjorns are instantly recognizable even to folks who think a mei tai is an alcoholic drink with a small umbrella in it. Many families are understandably distraught when their baby sizes out of the Bjorn, a time that can come way too early if Junior is a chunk. You’ll be happy to know that BabyBjorn now has a solution in the BabyBjorn Comfort Carrier, a buckle carrier...

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Good karma for a chameleon carrier

Henry Ford offered his Model-T Ford in any color you wanted, so long as it was black. The most popular brands of baby carrier often have the same limited palette. Let’s face it, you’re just not going to find a sage Infantino with a peace symbol sitting on the shelf at SuperTarget. That’s why the 1Z (get it– onesie?) is so cool. This carrier cover is proudly made in Massachusetts by Papa Products and works like a soft, snuggly t-shirt to protect and add style to leading carrier brands like Babybjorn, Infantino, Chicco, and Snugli. Heck, if I’d had...

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The babywearing pack of all trades

So here’s the dirty secret about babywearing: Different baby carriers work for different people and different babies at different times. It’s totally subjective, and that’s why so many of us have a complete wardrobe of the darned things. But I now have a carrier that I can recommend almost universally, which makes me so excited I could almost scream like a girl. This jack-of-all-trades is TogetherBe‘s new FreeHand Buckle Carrier, available just this week. Newborn to toddler. Front or back. Outward facing or inward facing, all ergonomically designed to support your baby’s body. And it folds down smaller than...

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Babywearing, now a nice new shade of green

Belle is now extra verte. That’s, Belle as in Belle Baby Carrier, and verte as in French for green, and green as in super-duper-eco-friendly-organic-awesomeness. The new Belle Organic Earth, like their original model, is crafted by artisans in Boulder, CO, only this one is made with 100% organic undyed cotton, pure Romanian hemp, and the fuzziest organic fleece lining. It’s a cute, lightweight, sturdy, and, most importantly easy carrier for babies 8 – 30 pounds, although I must say my pudgy 24-pounder was at the upper end of comfortable use. Another nice feature is that the baby can face...

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Hello Baby Hawk, my new love.

I’m so sorry, old buckle carrier, but we’re breaking up. I met someone new. My new love is the Oh Snap! by BabyHawk, and I’m trying to find out if it’s legal to marry your baby carrier.  I’m a monogamous sort of girl, and even though I have two bags of slings for the local babywearing meeting I lead, I always reach for my favorite buckle carrier. And now that’s the Oh Snap! How do I love it? Let me count the ways. First of all, the Oh Snap! carrier is gorgeous, made with high-quality materials and triple stitching....

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Baby Bjorn goes organic

With all the baby slings and carriers I’ve collected over the last five years, we’ve always kept the Baby Bjorn on regular rotation thanks to its simple, smart style, versatility, and ease of use. Plus, it’s the only baby carrier my husband seems to feel comfortable wearing. Go figure. So now the Baby Bjorn gotten just a little bit better – at least for the earth – thanks to their new organic line. Completely identical to their classic styles in function, the new organic Baby Bjorn carrier is more muted in color, as it is made from organic cotton...

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Presenting the world’s smallest baby sling

When I had my second baby, one thing that helped my daughter (then just barely two) was to be able to mimic the things I was doing so she could feel like she was “helping.” I still have awesome pictures of her little dolls in diapers that came up over their heads. They looked like Pampers with limbs. If I had seen these adorable doll slings from our Canadian friends at Natural Pod, I would have been all over them. They’re natural, they’re cotton, they fit the 12″ handmade dolls at the shop or really, any dolls around that...

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Baby slings with a story

I’d all but retired my baby slings with my youngest just turning one, but then I remembered how fantastic and handy slings are for toddlers (hello, hip carry!) thanks to Small Wish. It’s hard to go wrong considering the lovely fabric choices of their beautiful baby slings like my fave, the completely authentic African fabric sling (pictured), the careful construction, and the $39 price tag. Owner and mom Tracy Capobianco originally created these slings as a means to bond with her daughter, and is now setting aside a percentage of the profits to help with their upcoming Ethiopia adoption....

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