Baby/Toddler Wearing – Onya Baby Review & Giveaway

As my babywearing days with Bella wind down, partly due to pregnancy and partly to the fact that she’s getting older, I find myself wanting to enjoy the closeness we didn’t get a whole lot of her first year (reflux kills the joy of it). I also find myself gearing up for a new little one to wear and snuggle.

So when Onya Baby contacted me about doing a review/giveaway of one of their adorable carriers that retail at $149,

I jumped at the chance. Not only because you can back and front wear with either type of their carrier (which means Sam can wear Bella longer than I’ll be able to), and it’s one of the lightest carriers I’ve owned (of the 8 I’ve had), but because you can wear your toddler up to 45lbs, and it doubles as a seat.

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Winter Babywearing – A babyWAWL Giveaway

A few weeks ago I posted on tips for making babywearing easier in the winter. One of my tips was to wrap a larger coat around you, and several people posted about maternity coats or specially made jackets that would work as well. All of them costing quite a bit. So I was thrilled when a company called babyWAWL contacted me to see if I’d be interested in giving away one of their products to you, a product that makes winter babywearing 100x easier.

Credit: babyWAWL.com

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10 Tips for Babywearing in the Winter

Winter is a perfect time to babywear, keeping your child close to you while you both stay cozy and share the same view of the world. Nothing is sweeter than being able to plant a kiss on a little head, or hand a snack over your shoulder, while walking around.

There can be a few things to remember; from staying comfortably warm, to those annoying zippers, and wearing just enough while still being able to buckle or loop your carrier. The winter tips below will help you and your child babywear comfortably through the next few cold months.

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1. Wear layers. It’s easy to get overheated while babywearing – for both of you. Dress in layers, especially if you plan on being indoors with fluctuating temps and outdoors with wind, clouds, and sun. [Read more...]

The Weight I Carry

Adam is a dad blogger at Hanging with Dad. Which, in itself, makes him awesome. But on top of that? He’s a crunchy, cloth diapering, babywearing, stay at home dad.

Right? Like, the levels of awesomeness can’t be described.

Because he’s is a babywearing guru, I am thrilled to be having him post on wearing his son Isaac in different carriers – and the ups and downs that go with them (the 2,347 foot Moby wrap you stare at helplessly). With pics. Please to enjoy:
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The Benefits of Babywearing Your Toddler

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Bella is 22 months. Sam and I still babywear her many times.

To some, this might seem a little crazy. She is perfectly able to walk and we own a stroller she loves. She isn’t as easy to carry anymore, and it requires some maneuvering to get her in an arrangement we’re comfortable with for a while.

But Bella had severe reflux when she was born. Because of this, she threw up for the first 6 months of her life around the clock. We tried every babywearing device we could think of to help; Moby, slings, wraps, Bjorn, Ergo – but nothing helped. I remember clearly the time Sam wrapped her forward facing in the Moby to walk around and she projectile vomited all over it and the floor so much we had to take her out and wash it. I had to use layered burp cloths when I wore her facing me – and each time she’d throw up I’d pull one out, shove it in the diaper bag and keep going.

The reflux ruined our love of wearing her. It was hard for her to enjoy it either. I felt awful that it was so difficult for us to be close. I eventually tucked most of our carriers away because it was frustrating to clean them and only be able to have them on for a few minutes at a time.

When she turned a year old and was no longer throwing up, I decided to try again. I bought a ring sling, got out the Ergo. I don’t know how to explain it, I simply felt a need to be close to her in some way that we had missed before.

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