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Region Moms host babywearing info meeting

September 17th, 2010 - By Stephanie Precourt

babywearing class

If you’re a Mom or Dad, you’ve gotta carry your babies. Can’t really get out of that one. So, how are you going to go about it?

A great thing about the babywearing info class I attended yesterday at the Valparaiso Public Library (hosted by Region Moms) (I’m a new member!) - there were slings of all kinds to touch and ogle and try on and what not. There were plenty of seasoned babywearers on hand to field questions and share expertise. I heard that such babywearing meetings will become a regularly scheduled event for Region Moms, so you might want to check out the next one! I will probably be there!

Side note: Region Moms is NWI-wide, with Moms from Porter and Lake Counties doing all sorts of fun activities throughout the month.

carmen, ring sling babywearing
Carmen & Emma, Region Moms

Some of the most common questions at the babywearing info class today were:

What is the best sling for the first couple months?

Most of us agreed on the ring sling. A popular one is the Maya ring sling, I’m a big fan of mama-made ones and Sakura Bloom if you can go that route.

What is best for a bad back?

I think the Ergo is probably best at distributing weight, also the BabyHawk Oh Snap was featured, and regular mei tais have been a more comfortable solution for me. (My favorite is Baby So Smart.) Not mentioned at the meeting- a woven wrap. Hard to find, but wrap-lovers swear by them! Please note: must be woven, not stretchy as stretchy wraps tend to sag and offer less support.

What is best for heavy babies/toddlers?

See above answer. Also, consider a heavier fabric with a ring sling- like a double layer linen, etc.

How do you tie a wrap?

THIS is my favorite babywearing video demo EVER. Dad putting his newborn in a wrap. Awwwwwwwwww.

How do you tie a mei tai?

(And I am 99.9% sure in all my babywearing years it is pronounced MAY-tie.) BabyHawk has some great photo and video instructions here.

Where’s the best place to buy slings and carriers around here?

Mothering By Nature Center is brand spanking new in Chesterton. They are currently working on a new website but do carry ring slings and wraps for $40, mei tais for $55, as well as Ergo carriers and other awesome baby items. Cutie Poops & Bottoms in Orland Park, IL has a nice selection of slings and pouches as well. There are also Moms in the Region Moms group that have carriers available for purchase. Just let me know if you need more info!

If you aren’t up for going to a whole big playdate featuring babywearing but have more questions or are local and would want to meet up at the park sometime so I can help you out or show you some moves (heh heh) please feel free to get in touch with me. I’d love to help if I can.

If you’re not local, check around for babywearing groups in your area on Facebook, The (they have a “babywearers near you” forum but I think their site is getting a makeover so you’ll have to poke around, usually your local La Leche League will be filled with babywearers, and also peruse the bulletin boards of healthfood stores, libraries, etc!

Hungry for more babywearing info & links? Check out my super huge post about babywearing here: Adventures In Babywearing 2.0

About the author: Stephanie is Mom to three boys & a baby girl in Valparaiso, IN and blogs daily at Adventures In Babywearing . Follow her on Twitter- she’s babysteph .

Baby Carrying… It’s An Adventure

December 28th, 2007 - By Stephanie Precourt

I like to think that I know baby carriers. I do write about my adventures of the babywearing sort over here from time to time. Some parents prefer the stroller or car seat to hold the baby. You’ll soon find I am a big fan of human touch and holding baby when out & about, whenever possible, and any other times for that matter. But that’s for another post. For now we’ll touch upon the awesome fashion statement that you can make when wearing your baby.

A new sling that has caught my attention is the exclusive Royalty print Peanut Shell [$65] only available at Baby Adventure Gear. I’ve normally not been a big fan of pouch slings, but have completely changed my tune. This is totally my new favorite. Not just because the sleek colors and damask print are so me, but because the Peanut Shell is comfortable, convenient, and super easy to use. No straps or buckles to mess with, and it folds up so neatly and nicely right in your purse or diaper bag. Love it. Oh, and what size is the pouch good for? Well, I’ve previously thought they were best for smaller babies, but Gray is past 2 years old now and well, there you have it! The colors of the Royalty print will go with anything and it even reverses to a warm plum color. Can’t go wrong there!

I brought my new Peanut Shell sling along when we visited the Museum of Science & Industry the other day. At one point Gray specifically asked for me to put him in the sling. So I did and within a few minutes already had someone commenting on how nice it was and wishing they had one. I also managed to nurse him discreetly while walking around the balcony at the museum- no one had any idea- and I wasn’t banned to a bench in the corner somewhere or worse- the bathroom.

But if a bench is more your thing and you like to cover up in style, you’ll be digging the new exclusive Peanut Shell Nursing Cover in the Royalty print [$29.] This nursing cover stands out above the rest because of its overall strap- you don’t have to adjust the length every time you use it. Oh, and a nice bonus is the matching designer burp cloth included, too!

Baby Adventure Gear has a special on this Royalty package. Get $10 off your order when you purchase both the sling and matching nursing cover by using code: PSROY1050 . Want just the sling? Save $5 by using code: CTH1064 .

Win! Baby Adventure Gear is giving away a Peanut Shell Sling in the size of your choice or Peanut Shell Nursing Cover in Royalty print! Just leave a comment here if you’d like to win! The winners will be chosen at random sometime after 11:59pm Friday, January 4! Contest is closed.

The winner of the Peanut Shell is Jay who wrote: I’d love to win one. We are expecting again through adoption and I’d love to bring home our baby in a peanut shell = )

and the Nursing Cover goes to Leeanthro who commented If only I could get my baby to nurse in public! Maybe this would help!

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