Regarding slings & strangers

We have always received strange looks.  We have always been stopped for more information.  We have always been ready with a smile and a mini-lesson in babywearing.  But now, we are different.  We have been attacked by young men, grannies, and well-meaning daddies pushing strollers with crying infants.  We have been accused of trying to suffocate our babies with our own bare hands and a sling.  We are being whispered about behind hands, shouted at across stores, and taken to task by strangers because we are “still using those things.”

Yes, we know that babies have died, and yes, we know that there is a massive recall right now, but that is NOT this sling.  OUR sling is being worn properly.  OUR sling has baby positioned safely.  OUR sling isn’t causing deaths.  OUR sling is being unfairly maligned by consumers who don’t actually care enough about the issue to research fully.  OUR sling is having to defend itself against the in-laws who always knew “that thing” was a danger.  OUR sling is having to prove all over again why, how, and when OUR babywearing is perfect and safe!

So, don’t cower and apologize, babywearing parents!!!! It is hard to assert yourself to total strangers, but speak up so the truth can be spread!!!  Take the time to talk to these naysayers, and explain why their serious accusation is false! Don’t have a minute or a forceful voice?  Bring a few of these hand outs with you, and when you get the hairy eyeball from someone, just hand them one!   But if you can, just say it!  Tell them “Not all slings are equal! Mine is a SAFE sling!” Just say it!  Tell them “Not all slings kill! Mine is a SAFE sling!”  Just say it!  Tell them “Not all slings have been recalled, because MINE is a SAFE sling!!”  Tell them!!!!  Because we need to take down this rumor that the media has started!!!!

Safe Slings art

You’ve heard the terrible stories…  You’ve been so glad that you chose a Safe Sling for your baby.  You know all the rules of Safe Baby Wearing!  You are prepared to run after any mom you see wearing an Infantino Sling Rider to beg her to take it off!

Now, we have some babywearing art to provide you with a lighter way to share with your friends the basics of Safe Slings!  Enjoy, share, and look for more fabulous works of art as our very artistic friends create some wonderful babywearing art exclusively for and for the promotion of Safe Slings!

Pattie from Fancie Fannies on Etsy painted these adorable wooden dollies for PAXbaby!!!  They are on their way to California right now, but I can’t wait to see these babywearing mamas in person!!!  Thanks, Pattie, for creating these Safe Sling moms with such accurate detail & helping to spread the babywearing love!!!

5 babywearing mothers each demonstrating Safe Slinging with a different carrier!  From left to right:

Robyn is wearing her baby in a mai tei tummy to tummy.  Kristi has her baby in the upright position in a wrap.  Karina’s blondey is safely positioned upright in a soft structured carrier (the Beco Butterfly in the Alice print to be exact!) Jessie has her little one on her hip in a comfortable pouch, and Mia is wearing her ring sling with a front facing baby.

And their sweet little backsides!!!!  Again from left to right is a mai tei, wrap, soft structured carrier, pouch, and a ring sling!

Thank you, Fancie Fannies, for this adorable hand-made babywearing art!!

Fabulous Safe Slings comic!

Babywearers come in all shapes & sizes, but, as illustrates, not all BABYWEARING is the same!!!

Thank you for the adorable comic!!!  Remember: just because a piece of material with buckles and a big name label on it CAN carry babies, it is not necessarily a good/ comfortable/ ergonomic/ safe baby carrier!

HOORAY – CPSC recalled the Slingrider today!

Babywearers can celebrate today because Infantino’s “sling of death” has been recalled along with Wendy Bellissimo’s version of the bag sling!!!  Sadly, it took 3 baby deaths in 2009 to persuade the CPSC to pull these bag slings off the market, but at least it is official now!  The odd part of Infantino’s business practices is that active members of have been sending them reports, and asking for the Slingrider to be removed from the shelves of big box companies for years!  Also, they recently put a new product out called the Wrap & Tie, which is essentially a Mei Tai, but haven’t advertised it at all or brought any attention to their newest product. Interestingly, that is the only carrier on the replacement list; the other items are  the 2 in 1 Shopping Cart Cover or the 3 in 1 Grow & Play Activity Gym!  Sounds to me like they saw the recall coming months ago!  Too bad they couldn’t have done the “right thing” and taken their slings off the market without the CPSC issuing a official slap on the wrist!

Wendy Bellissimo Bag Sling

Infantino Bag Sling

If you are approached by “well meaning” strangers telling you that your baby carrier is a death trap, here a few key points to remember!

A bag sling bends your baby in an unnatural C shape, constricting their airway and making it hard to breathe.  YOUR sling or baby carrier can be worn safely in an upright position, called tummy to tummy!  Your baby can breathe in a normal, natural way, and you can easily see and hear that they are alright.  Bag slings have the babies low on the mother’s body out of sight and in harm’s way if the mother were to turn or be bumped from the side.

Safe Sling suggestions for newborn babies:

Moby Wrap – This is a stretchy wrap that conforms to your body and holds baby to you in comfort for both of you!

Sakura Bloom ring sling – Wearing your baby upright in a Sakura Bloom is comfortable and fashionable!

Freehand Mei Tai – With its padded straps and headrest, this mei tei would be an excellent choice for a heavier newborn!

Beco Butterfly II – The infant insert is adjustable and removable once baby is taller, but for newborns, this soft structured carrier offers a lot of head support and shade thanks to the detachable hood!

Olives & Applesauce – This soft structured carrier also caters to newborns with its insert and straps that can cross against your back in an X!

Save a life – send an email!

Babywearing Mamas Unite for Safe Slings!

Please help save a baby’s life by writing an email to discourage people from reselling their Infantino Sling Riders!  Google Craig’s List and email the listing addresses with a letter listing the reasons to destroy their sling and NOT to resell it!   Or put up a Want Ad at Freecycle!  I’ve already had 2 responses to my ad and will be picking up my Slings of Death this weekend to dispose of permanently!

If you need ideas on what to do with your Slings of Death after that, just ask!  I have some great ways to destroy these slings and get some aggression out too!

Happy babywearing moms, happy kids, happy, happy!

What makes for a perfect outing?

Meeting up with a fellow babywearing mama and her beautiful little one

Watching my 5 happy kids play and enjoy the winter sunshine

Preparing a delicious (and healthy!) snack and having not a single crumb left

PS!  I’m wearing my Beco Butterfly II in the gorgeous Organic Isis Edition!  LOVE IT!

Our favorite Babywearing kids book!

The creative author of Curious George wrote this whimsical book, Katy No-Pocket!  It’s been one of my children’s favorites, and we know that you will love it too!

Why is Katy the kangaroo crying?

Because she is a kangaroo without a pouch, poor dear!  So she sets off to the Big City to find a way to carry her baby!!  A new friend makes her an apron with not just 1 pocket, but a whole set of them to carry all of the baby animals!  Gotta love a book about babywearing and precious animals!

If you would like to read the whole story, you can grab your own copy here!  Enjoy!

Babywearers Unite!

Babywearing should be safe, easy, and comfortable. But it isn’t always so. Unfortunately a lot of carriers that are easy to find at Target or Babies R Us are unsafe for baby and uncomfortable for you! But these are the slings that many moms have or at least start with.

Here at PAXbaby we are passionate about safe slings. We want to find other like-minded moms and unite together to make it known that there are safe and comfortable options out there.

What YOU can do!

  1. Be prepared with business cards for your favorite baby carrier retailers so you can promote Safe Slings! (Email us and we’ll send you some! ;))
  2. Slip cards into the boxes of the uncomfortable, non-ergonomic, and potentially dangerous carriers at the big box stores like Target and Babies R Us!
  3. Speak out! When you see a mom wearing a “crotch dangler” or bag sling, get your courage up to go over and let her know what has been happening with those types of carriers.
  4. Invade the baby shower with a fabulous gift of a Safe Sling and offer to demonstrate! The mom-to-be may be to shy to ask for help and will end up using a dangerous sling just because it looked easier!
  5. Be an advocate! If you are part of a mainstream moms forum, or mom’s group, spread the word about Safe Slinging and which carriers to avoid! Moms will thank you for your help and will boost your babywearing esteem!

My Story!

I was 6 months pregnant with my 4th baby when I realized that the wonderful Maya Wrap ring slings that I had used for my 3 previous babies were just not going to cut it this time around! I’d need both my hands free to take care of my new baby plus my older 3 toddlers! Let’s face it, with 4 kids under 5, I’d need all the help I could get!

So, I stopped at Target with my belly and babies in tow to peruse their baby carrier selection. I knew I needed something with 2 shoulder straps so I chose a Infantino Euro Rider! I took it home and showed my husband all the features, and the first thing he said was “Take it back! It’s a piece of junk!” I was shocked because it’s a good company, yadda yadda…

He suggested I do more research online before taking the plunge. I googled baby carriers, and you know what came up? Yes, it was! I decided on a Beco. (see the picture of me below!) And the rest is babywearing history!

Olives and Applesauce March Pre-Order

Tea Time
Pre-Order Special $139
Add an applique for $20!

You’ve asked for new Olives and Applesauce fabrics, now you can join our pre-order and choose from new designs! We have recommended strap colors with each fabric, but you are also welcome to choose your own strap color.

Introducing our new exclusive! Tea Time Tomato! Pre-order special price is $139 (they will be $149 in April). And as an added bonus, we can take one image from the Tea Time fabric and applique it on the hood of your carrier. The applique will show when the hood is open and hanging down, when the hood is up and in-use, the Tea Time Tomato fabric will continue. If you want the applique option, make note of it below. We are offering Tea Time on Graphite straps. A brand new O&A strap color!

All O&A carriers will be 16″ Full Buckle. Chest strap is included!

Fabric Panel Options:

Monkey O&A
Monkey Inspired
Espresso Straps $149
Blue Straps $149
Tea Time Tomato
Graphite Straps $149

Tea Time & Monkey Inspired still available for late April delivery.

Two-Tone Fabric Options:

Knox O&A Otto O&A Leif O&A
Jalapeno & Black
Wine & Taupe
Organic Avocado & Espresso
Lula O&A Beatrice O&A
Organic Sweet Potato & Stone
Blue & Stone

Top 10 Reasons To Babywear

Top 10 Reasons To Babywear!

#1- Everyone needs a hobby!

#2- Because baby’s face looks so cute out of the carrier like that!

#3- So you can single handedly take 3 children under the age of 2 to the zoo! 2 in the double stroller and 1 on your back!

#4- Because it BUGS your mother-in-law that you have become “one of those” crunchy mamas!!!

#5- It gives you something to dream about & shop for!

#6- How else can you fit in all the newborn snuggles necessary each & every day!

#7- When your daily to-do list looks like mine (feed 4 children, brush 4 sets of teeth, homeschool 4 children, prepare lunch, feed 4 children, etc…) your hands had better be free with baby outa the way!

#8- Truly, just because it’s just adorable!

#9- My mom wore me, and look how happy I am!

#10- To give baby the best view of the world – your smiling face!

Now THAT is a peaceful baby!