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Comfy Joey Water Sling

The Comfy Joey Water Sling basically works the same as any other ring sling. You thread the fabric through the rings, put your child in the pocket and tighten them in. Easy enough right? Well, I soon discovered a few small adjustments can make a world of difference for both comfort and security. Check out my latest tutorial to learn more.

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Ruck It!

Woven wraps can be down right intimidating! I was 7 months pregnant with my second child when I got my first wrap. It was a Wrapsody Bali Breeze and I had no clue how to use it plus I had this huge pregnant belly and a toddler with zero interest in being worn. It was gorgeous though and all I knew was, I wasn’t giving up.

I decided I would spend the rest of my pregnancy practicing wrapping so I could get the hang of it before my youngest daughter arrived. Lucky for me I got the opportunity to take a babywearing class provided by Babywearing Institute when my daughter was just 2 months old! I received tons of knowledge on front carries and I felt very confident wearing my newborn, however, I didn’t have the same confidence when it came to back carries. My little squish and I were traveling alone and she was too young to be worn on my back at the time so I didn’t get the same practice as some of my other new mom friends with bigger kids. Not to worry, they had weighed dolls so I wasn’t completely left out. They just weren’t the same as a real baby.

Once I got home my focus was front carries. I wanted to practice as much as possible until I mastered the basics of the woven wrap. After my daughter turned 4 months old I started to experiment with back carries. Most back carries if not all are based off the rucksack so it’s a great launching point when starting out. Little did I know about how difficult and frustrating wrapping a baby on my back would be. I had a leg straightener on my hands so getting her to bend her knees and keep her spread, squat position in the wrap was a major challenge! I wasn’t sure what to do except practice and take breaks. it wasn’t until Harper was a little over 5 months old before she was content being on my back and seeing the world as I see it. Even though she may have been ready to backpack, it didn’t take away the fact that she liked to straighten her legs. I talked to some friends from my babywearing class and read a ton of Facebook posts from moms discussing the same exact thing. A solution that seemed to work for us was tucking the bottom rail of the wrap in my kid’s pants. Sounds weird I know but it works and it allows me to interact with my toddler and get stuff done around the house that I wouldn’t have been able to easily do if she was on my front. Also, working with one tail at a time seemed to make a difference. I’m short and with that comes short arms. Bringing the tails behind my back and under my baby’s bum one at a time allowed me to reach for the tail with the other hand.

As I said earlier, woven wraps can be very intimidating but don’t let that scare you away. They are amazing once you get the hang of it and with a little practice you will become a pro. If I can do it, anyone can do it! Happy babywearing!

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Liebster Award

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My mornings usually start out very typical and usually very early. I get out of bed, drink my coffee and hopefully get some work done before the kids are up for the day. This morning, however, was different. I opened my email and noticed a fellow mom blogger nominated me for the Liebster Award. I was so excited because this isn’t something that happens everyday. Thank you so much Lina! You really made my day!

 If you are not aware, a Liebster Award is a way of getting other bloggers known, shared and generally getting the word out about them, if they have under 500 followers.

– A few simple rules apply –

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you

2. Answer the 11 questions given to you

3. Nominate 11 other followers with less than 500 followers

4. Post 11 questions for your nominees to answer

5.Tag your nominees & post a comment on their blog to let them know you nominated them

The Questions I Received

1. Why did you start blogging?

I started my blog because I wanted to share what I have learned about babywearing over the past two years.

2. Who inspires you the most and why?

My daughter, Avery inspires me more and more everyday. She is the reason I started my business and she reminds me what it’s like to be a kid. As a toddler she is learning so much and is so amazed by life it’s hard not to let that rub off on me too.

3. What was your favorite book as a child?

Seven Froggies Went to School by Kate Duke. I know it by heart and read it to my kids now that I’m a mom.

4. List three things from your bucket list.

Become a contestant on Survivor, visit New Zealand and skydive.

5. What is your favorite recipe/meal?

Spaghetti. It’s simple yet amazing!

6. What is your dream vacation?

My husband and I plan to visit our honeymoon spot in St. Lucia every ten years. It was Heaven on Earth and I can’t wait to go back!

7. If you could meet any celebrity, who would it be?

Jeff Probst. he seems so down to Earth and I would love to pick his brain.

8. You decide to write a book. What is it about?

probably something parenting related.

9. What is your favorite hobby?

Sewing is very therapeutic. I’m not the best and still have a long way to go but I still love doing it!

10. What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment so far?

Graduating from college with my accounting degree.

11. What was your favorite toy when you were a child?

Polly Pocket was always a big hit in our house.

– The Followers I Nominated –

 Lina- The Adventures of Mom-Mom

Tamsin- The Fit & Fluffy Mama

Jen- Good Families Do…

Mama The Geek

Flee- MacGyvering Motherhood

Alice- Alice & Amelia

Kelsey- Young Momma

InBabyAttachMode

Jerrica- Life with Tryson

A Bee and a Bloom

My Questions for You

1. Are you an only child or do you have siblings?

2. What is your guilty pleasure?

3. What is your all time favorite movie?

4. Who inspired you to start blogging?

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

6. What is your biggest pet peeve?

7. Favorite genre of music?

8. Favorite flower?

9. What is your most treasured childhood memory?

10. If you could meet any celebrity in the world who would it be?

11. Are you crafty?

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Wrap Your Baby!

I love wraps! I love stretchy wraps and I love woven wraps! Some would call a woven wrap just a long piece of fabric but it’s much more than that. You can do so much with it and the possibilities are endless. It’s definitely the most versatile baby carrier on the market.
Not all carriers are created equal and price doesn’t always determine quality. Watch my video and find out the pros and cons to each type of carrier to help determine what works best for you and your little one.

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Front Wrap Cross Carry

The front wrap cross carry was the first carry I learned when I got my woven wrap. I love this position because it’s easy to learn and comfortable to wear. Not only can this be used for a newborn baby, it can also be used for an older toddler as well.
When I got my Moby Wrap I had a hard time figuring out the Hug Hold. It was complicated and I could never quite get it and it didn’t feel very natural to me. It’s not a bad hold, it’s just not for me. When it comes to babywearing you have to find what works for you and go with it.

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Ruck Yeah!

This week my kids and I have been experimenting with back carries and having a lot of fun! For a while Avery (21 months old) never wanted to ride on my back. I tried so hard to distract her with anything  I could so she would get on and be happy but she was never interested. This week, however, something changed and now she’s more than willing to get up there. All the stars have to align, it has to be on her time not mine and she has to have my iPhone in hand. This is typically toddler behavior so I just roll with it. Normally when she sees me wearing her younger sister, Harper (6 months old) something clicks inside of her and that’s when she wants to be worn the most. I’m pretty sure jealously has a lot to do with it and if it gets really bad, we’ll tandem wear but I’ll talk about that in a later post.

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When you start playing around with back carries, finding the right one can be tricky and a bit overwhelming. I always suggest starting out with the ruck sack carry. Most, if not all back carries are based off the ruck sack so if you can master that one you can easily master all the others. It takes a lot of practice and a lot of patience so try not to get discouraged if you don’t get it the first few times. It will come, you will get it and eventually be a pro! I first learned how to properly wear a child on my back when I was in St. Louis this past October, training to be a certified babywearing educator. I was terrible by the way! I was traveling with my youngest daughter who was only two months old at the time and decided to leave my toddler at home with my husband. There was no way I was going to be a state over with two kids by myself for an entire week. That’s just crazy talk! It was great having Harper with me because I got to use a real baby for the front carries instead of a weighted doll (weighted dolls are an awesome way to practice but they just aren’t the same as a real baby) but when it came to back carries I had to resort to the doll because my little squish wasn’t old enough to be worn on my back.

The biggest issue I had was getting the baby on my back. I was only shown one way to do this and it is not my method of choice. I was taught to lay my baby down with the wrap centered on the back of the baby’s neck while I gathered the rest of the fabric over her shoulders and behind the hollow of both knees and the rest of the fabric tucked under her bum. Once I did that, I had to very carefully toss her over my shoulder and guide her down to the appropriate position. This method works for a lot of parents but it has not been what works for me. I prefer getting my baby on my back using the hip scoot method. It’s been the easiest and most reliable for me. If the shoulder flip or even the Super Man toss works for you, go for it! If you aren’t sure which method you like, try all of them but be careful starting out. You may want to get your significant other to help you and try practicing over a soft surface like a bed or sofa.

I learned a trick not too long ago that really helps me scoot Harper onto my back easily. If you decide you like the hip scoot method, take the tail that’s on your opposite side of where your baby is and bring it over your shoulder. You’re going to be doing this anyway so why not do it in the very beginning? After that, scoot the baby on your back and secure his body in place by tightening the top rails (they are the fabric edges closest to your neck). Once you’ve tightened your baby now it’s time to make your seat. I do this by first pinning the rails that I’ve already tightened either under my chin, between my legs, or with my teeth. Then to make your baby’s seat, reach behind you and pull the fabric that is between your baby’s legs so that it’s nice and flat across his back then pull it back between you and the baby. As you straighten your back gravity will help your baby get in that nice spread, squat position. You want the wrap spread across his back, and behind the hollow of both knees with plenty of fabric between you and the baby (this is what keeps the baby from falling out). If you’re unsure that you’ve got it right, use a mirror. I do it all the time and it really helps, especially in the beginning.

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Now that you’ve got your baby in a good spread, squat position, it’s time to tighten. Hunch back over like you were before and take your tails and tighten strand by strand. I like to start with the rail closest to my neck and work out. It’s important that you secure all parts of the wrap and not just the top and bottom. I normally work with one tail at a time so I take the tail I don’t need and pin it between my legs until I’m ready. After you tightened you’ll want to gather both tails and twist two times at wrist level. This will reinforce the seat you made for your baby. Then take the tails under your arm and reach across your back and pin it over the first leg and under the second leg. I work with one tail at a time to make it easy for me so repeat this step with the other side. When you have the fabric tucked behind your baby, bring them in front and tie off in a square knot under your ribcage. I find this the most comfortable tie off position.

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Back carries are an advanced carry and should be done safely. Your baby should be in a secure spread, squat position with fabric spread across his back reaching behind the hollow of both knees with plenty of fabric tucked under the bum between the two of you. Your child should be high on your back where you can feel him breathing. Consult with a certified babywearing educator if you are unsure or have any questions. They are here to help! If you do not have a local babywearing group in your area, I offer Skype and Facetime consultations and would love to talk with you. Happy babywearing!

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