Babyhawk standard Mai Tei VERSUS the new Oh Snap!

For those of you who have spent hours agonizing over this decision, here are some pictures to help you visualize the differences between the standard Babyhawk Mei Tai and the new Oh Snap! Soft Structured Carrier! Thank you to Becca for the great pix, and if you feel angsty and have to have that awesome peace sign fabric, we have it available for pre-order on the wonderful new Olives & Applesauce SSC!!!

Here is the Mai Tei on top of the Oh Snap! Note the wider & taller body of the Oh Snap! and the angle of the straps!

Babyhawk Mai Tei and Oh Snap! comparison

Babyhawk Mai Tei and Oh Snap! comparison

Back carry with the Oh Snap! & 40 pound 2 1/2 year old!

Back carry with the Oh Snap!

Back carry with the Oh Snap!

Front carry with the Oh Snap! & 17 pound 8 month old!

Oh Snap! front carry

Oh Snap! front carry

Babywearing can help REFLUX!

BobaBringing a new person in to your family is a daunting task! Readjustments in sleeping, eating, and daily living need to be made by you, your husband, older siblings, the family pooch… And that is if there aren’t any difficulties or complications with your new baby! Add in any extra drama and your life is suddenly even harder, and reflux is one of those unforeseen complications that make a simple run to the grocery store nearly impossible! Since baby’s distress is usually the biggest obstacle to getting reflux under control, let’s get baby calmed down and content! Wearing baby in the upright, tummy to tummy position can help immensely not only with keeping the milk down, but a happy baby is NOT a fussy baby and a happy baby is most probably NOT spitting up!

Most slings can be used to wear in the upright position!  Ring Slings, Mei Tais, Soft Structured Carriers all will work great for your purpose!  Swaddling in a light blanket can add support to baby’s body when wearing upright or, in the case of the Beco Butterfly or Olives & Applesauce, using the infant insert will help keep baby upright and comfortable.  If shopping for a new carrier, keep in mind that you will be washing it frequently so pick a sturdy carrier that will hold up well in the washing machine!

Being hands free is key to getting anything done so breastfeeding in your carrier is a must!  Most new moms don’t usually learn to breastfeed upright, but this could be key to your baby’s success at breastfeeding through the reflux months!  Loosen the carrier you are using until baby is latched on properly, then tighten it up until you can let baby nurse while you get something done!  Do the dishes, clean the windows, put on mascara and pretend that you don’t have huge circles under your eyes, do anything while baby is content, nursing, and secure in your baby carrier!

We know that wearing your baby can’t solve all your problems, but it can sure help!  As Kelley mom says, many parents have found that babywearing helps, so why not sling ‘em, right?

2 new Beco prints!

PAXbaby’s Beco Butterflies have a reputation for having the cutest fabrics, and these 2 new Butterfly IIs are no exception!!!! Zoye & Paige are our 2 newcomers to the Beco baby carrier family! They can ordered now and will be shipping shortly! Free shipping & our *new* 90 day Love it or Leave it return policy!

Our new Paige Beco Butterfly II

Our new Paige Beco Butterfly II

Zoye Beco Butterfly II

Zoye Beco Butterfly II

A RAVE review for the Oh Snap! with pictures coming later!

Thank you so much to our wonderful guinea pig, Kristie, for taking the time to write her thoughts about the new Babyhawk Soft Structured Carrier, lovingly called the Oh Snap! It is the newest SSC available & is able to be custom ordered or purchased from our in stock selection at PAXbaby. Interested in placing a pre-order? Save 10% off + free shipping! Contact us for more details! Now, on with the show!

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I’m hooked. It’s true.

While I only have one kiddo (DD) at present (almost 14 months! *sob*), I spend my days watching a wonderful little boy (Mr. G) who’s five months younger than she. Living in a townhome without a yard or much space for a playroom means that we make a point of getting out of the house every day, even if it’s only for a walk or a trip to the grocery store (or a walk to the grocery store!)

I freely admit to being stroller-impaired. We have a small umbrella stroller, and I manage to pinch my fingers every time I try to fold it up. I still can’t manage to push a stroller through a door that I’m pushing open without getting one or more of us stuck in the process. And I’m constantly stepping on the back tire of the jogging stroller, causing me to do a faceplant into the handlebars. Because of this, I tend to shy away from using the stroller, even if it means wearing two.

So my carriers get a lot of work to begin with. Add that to the fact that any time we go anywhere between the hours of 7am and 4pm from Monday to Friday, I have to haul two small children plus diaper bag and whatever else we need down a flight of stairs, outside (insert fumbling with keys at this step), down another flight of stairs, and into the car. All of this is an operation that works better if one has at least one hand at their disposal; however, with two kiddos that can’t walk, those hands are usually occupied.

Enter my SSCs (Soft Structured Carriers.) My Ergo and Beco are indispensable parts of my BabyWearing stash. But, like someone that shares a car with multiple drivers, I’m constantly finding myself having to readjust my carriers; husband uses the Ergo and the shoulder straps are too long when I put it on, or I put daughter in the Beco while we’re out in the evening and get it all snug around her, only to have to readjust for the much shorter and chunkier Mr. G the next day.

Thus, my need for another carrier. My decision to purchase the Oh Snap! was cemented when I saw that I could get it in the Jasper print. After failing to convince DH that I needed the Alice Beco to replace my boring but easily-coordinated Metro Black BB1, I decided that Jasper must be mine. But the features looked great too–taller body, highly adjustable.

I got the notice of shipping on Tuesday 12/10, and was prepared to stalk the mailman obsessively starting on Friday. But we went out on Thursday morning and came back Thursday afternoon to a lovely surprise–a little Jasper sitting cozily on my doorstep, holding a conversation with the lawn gnome that guards my flowerpots. Squeeling commenced and I begged the kiddos to nap so that I could open it unmolested.

Alas, it wasn’t to be, and it got its first test about two minutes after opening. I hadn’t had time to do much more than get the waistbelt adjusted before both kiddos started fussing at each other (they were, after all, needing naps). So I popped one on my back in my new friend Jasper and went to snug up the shoulder straps.

That was my first pleasant surprise. Rather than adjusting where the webbing meets the padded strap, they adjust where the webbing meets the carrier body. Also, they adjust in a way that has you pulling upwards to tighten, rather than trying to exert force down and backwards in an unnatural way. Getting a nice snug fit there was quick!

The waist belt was comfy too, and seemed to do its job. I was satisfied, we got the mail, and when we came inside, I was able to get the nap thing going. This gave me time to play with the rest of the adjustments, and I was impressed at how many there are. The first time I took the chest belt off, I thought it was a pain to get on again, but then I figured out a trick to get it on more quickly (hold the clip loosely, and slide starting at one corner of the clip). The hip belt adjustments intrigued me, and I was interested in seeing if the shape adjustability would make a difference in the feel with a child. I played with it a bit, petted the beautiful fabric a bit and talked to the owls, then hung it up and hoped that I’d get a chance to try it out later.

Through the fickleness of fate, though, I had to wait until the next day. I forgot to grab it on our way out the door to run our few errands, so I had to make do with the Ergo that lives in the car–one on the back and one in the arms.

They fell asleep in the car on our way home, and regrettably didn’t sleep long enough and woke up cranky. (Well, one woke the other up… etc. etc.) So I grabbed the Ergo from the car and stuck daughter on the front in it and Mr. G on the back in Jasper.

The first thing I noticed is that the hip belt’s shape adjustability is HUGE. Mr. G was practically weightless back there. The way I was able to get it adjusted had it contoured to my hips, rather than just perched atop them. MUCHO comfortable, even with the Ergo hip belt on top of it. It’s also wonderfully wide and padded. Much easier to wear almost 40 combined pounds of baby when the weight is perched on the hips! Lastly, the dual adjustable buckles are nice, because I can have the clip over to the side more, which is where I find the clips on my SSCs easier to buckle.

The next thing I noticed was that Mr. G was unable to do his usual attempt at a back dive from the carrier like he does in the Ergo. Score 100 points for the tall back–this thing will last my shorty kiddo forever!

My last discovery as I wore two was how much I liked the chest strap. I was able to get it adjusted so that it lay flat against my unfortunately large chest, and (unlike on the Ergo and the Beco) I felt like I could get it nicely snug without putting uncomfortable pressure on places that could lead to plugged ducts. I couldn’t see the reasoning for the cloth sleeves over the webbing on the chest strap until I got it snugged up, then I realized how nice it is for distributing the pressure evenly.

I wore both kiddos for a bit over a half-hour, until Mr. G had woken up enough to want down so that he could play. So I put daughter on my front in Jasper and immediately (yes, immediately) noticed what might be my favorite thing about Jasper. I’m not a strap-crosser–my first SSC was my Ergo so there was no reason to learn. I borrowed a mai tei from a friend long enough to see why one might want to cross the straps, but even with the Oh Snap’s ability to cross the straps, I figured I’d just stick with the ability not to have to fiddle with clipping and unclipping things. But even with the straps uncrossed, Jasper doesn’t dig in under my arms/on the sides of my breasts in the same way that my other two SSCs do, something that is an issue with my Ergo and Beco to the point where I ended up with mastitis on one side. Because the straps are padded so far down, there’s padding under my arms, spreading out the pressure, which isn’t much anyway.

This morning I wore daughter again in Jasper and we ended up taking a nice long walk. She conked out–the highest compliment she could pay, perhaps.

So I’ll have to apologize to my husband, but there’s a new man in my life, and his name is Jasper.

Merry Christmas from PAXbaby!!!!

Merry Christmas, Joyeaux Noel, Nollaig shona duit, Feliz Natal!!!!

Can you believe that another holiday season is here already?? For the last 5 years, we have had the same traditions, same people (no offense, dear relatives & friends!), same food, but this year we have suddenly become adventurous!!!! This year we decided to do something so unlike us, so CRAZY, so unthinkable! We took our 5 children zoo on an airplane, flew for hours and have been traveling New Zealand for almost 3 months. We celebrated Halloween, Thanksgiving, and 4 of the kids’ birthdays while adventuring there, and now we are counting the days til Christmas while relaxing at the beach in Australia! We are in a tiny town on the coast in a tiny house walking distance (even for my newly walking 14 month old) to not only a lovely pool, but the clearest, bluest, loveliest sea you have ever seen!!! And all this splashing and swimming in a tropical heatwave while our friends write us with daily weather updates that include rain, 10 inches of snow, and hail!

Merry Christmas, mate, and to all, a good night!

Beco bodysurfing!!!

Beco bodysurfing!!!

As usual, my youngest is kept close thanks to my all time favorite baby carrier, the Beco Butterfly 2! THe ocean waves were warm and no babies were harmed during our photo shoot! Although my Beco did need to be hung to dry after all that surf!

Swimming with baby and our Zolowear!

We are staying in a teeny weeny little town in New South Wales, Australia, for Christmas!  We are 2 minutes from the beach on foot dragging all of our gear with us and 1 minute from a gorgeous pool!  My children have always been water babies, but after visiting the pool everyday for the last 8 days, they are becoming mermaids (and men!)  Including my youngest who has been ducking his face in the water quite bravely and enjoying all the water fun as much as his older siblings!  Of course, I think it’s because he feels so safe in his Zolowear water sling!

Water baby video!

PAXbaby’s “Missed Mamabargains?” baby carrier blow out!

These bargains are all “almost gone” so if you see something you like, your sister-in-law may like, or your expectant friend may enjoy, nab it now!

All brand new unless otherwise indicated
Final Sale on all items!
All prices include shipping in the USA!

$60 – Patapum Baby Carrier SSC

Color and Size



$55 – Peekaru BWing Vest
Black, size XL


$45 – Zolowear Ring Sling

Colors and Sizes


DEMO Judy in Medium – excellent condition, no packaging, no DVD – $39

$30 – Organic Solid Karma Baby Pouch
Size is T-shirt size!

Color and Size


$35 – Print Karma Baby Pouch
Choose your T-shirt size!

Color and Size


PUJpouch
Flor in size 3
Diana in size 3
Paige in size 3

Flor

Paige

Diana

Diana

$129 – Beco Butterfly II returns
Lenka
Echino Scooters

Lenka

Lenka

Limited Edition Echino Scooters

Limited Edition Echino Scooters

$20 – Beco Obi L/XL in cream Anaya

To purchase any of these wonderful, but discounted, baby carriers, contact us!!!  Happy babywearing & Merry Christmas from Jillian & Alissa at PAXbaby!!!!

Musings of a Babywearing Mama

Now that my sweet boy is 14 months and walking, I have been thinking back over my past 6 and a half years of babywearing history and wishing I could do it all over again! Remember the feeling of cuddling with your newborn, with their sweet, uterus-smelling head tucked into your neck in a tight Moby wrap? The Buddha position with your alert 3 month old peeking out of your pouch, looking this way and that at a whole new world! The first back carry attempt, successful, but you just couldn’t bear to have baby all the way back there… The 6 month old who has discovered the world at your feet but still wants to be held, resulting in a down-up-down dance aided by your ring sling turned hip carrier. At baby’s first birthday party, you are thrilled when relatives ask loudly “are you still using that thing?” and you can proudly say “Yes! I wear it every day!” And now, at 14 months, he is running away on fat little feet, looking back over his dimpled shoulder, and laughing, flashing his 2 tiny white teeth, and I am overjoyed when he finally tires out and wants to be up again. I could (should) be wearing him on my back, but I can’t bear to miss 1 second of these quickly fleeting cuddles. Held snugly in my wrap, sling, carrier, the world passes us by, as we snuggle, close together as one, and savor the moment.